A New Discovery - Philip Clark

For anyone with a true love of music, I really can't stress enough how important it is to become a member of Last.FM and start interacting with the site, and the community that resides there. There is no better place to find new talent and like minded people. Every week I am stunned by a new artist I hadn't heard of before.

This week is no different, I was going through my weekly neighbours list (I like to do this on a weekly basis, Last.FM gives you a list of people who have listened to the same type of music as you over the previous week), and I came across a guy that calls himself DreamchildNYC. DreamchildNYC had spent the week listening to a fair amount of Prince and The Brand New Heavies, so I dropped by to say G'day. Turns out, DreamchildNYC is actually a multi talented musician by the name of Philip Clark. Of course, Philip had some music available on Last.FM, so I thought I'd have a quick listen. I spent the next hour trawling through all of his stuff, he is just that good.

Philip brought an album out in 2001 called "The State of Blue-Eyed Soul", and has played with the Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Groove Collective. He has currently working on his new album, Dreamchilde. Looking forward to it. Check out the links below for some more goodness...

Click play to listen to Philip Clark - Romeo & Juliet

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Philip Clark performing "Free My Mind" at the Bitter End in New York.

Philip Clark's Website
Philip Clark's Artist Page @ Last.FM
Philip Clark's MySpace Page
Get Philip Clark - The State of Blue-Eyed Soul at Amazon

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