Female-fronted music with a certain vibe
November 8, 2019 10:41 AM   Subscribe

I started building a Spotify playlist and would love help finding more things that fit the vibe. The artists are all female (with a few that have supporting male voices, but not many) with smoky, rich voices. I titled it Velvet in case that helps set the tone.

I'm hoping for specific songs, not just artists since the songs I want all have a good groove. They're not necessarily fast but definitely have a strong beat. Examples below because I feel like I'm not describing this well.

Bonnie Raitt - Something to Talk About and Good Man, Good Woman
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Paris
Maren Morris - My Church and 80s Mercedes
Dessa - Skeleton Key and Dixon's Girl
Rachael Yamagata - Letter Read
Billie Eilish - my strange addiction
Delta Rae - Ain't Love

I think this is the right link to the playlist.
posted by brilliantine to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Possible additions:
Tenille Townes- Somebody's Daughter
Delta Rae, Lindsey Buckingham- If I Loved You
Mister Wives- Same Drugs
Lindi Ortega- Ashes
Florence+ The Machine- What Kind of Man
posted by kochenta at 10:55 AM on November 8, 2019

velvety is Nina Simone
but I also highly recommend Sza
posted by Dressed to Kill at 11:16 AM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

The Regrettes - Seashore
posted by nickggully at 11:28 AM on November 8, 2019

sarah and the safe word - the supernova or face my fears
posted by gaybobbie at 11:41 AM on November 8, 2019

You can ask Spotify to build you a playlist based on a specific song or artist, and I find they often come up with great and unexpected choices. You just search for the song you want (say, Delta Rae, “Ain’t Love”) in the app, when you see the search result of the song, touch the three dots on the right side and choose “Go to radio”—there will be a playlist of songs Spotify thinks you will like based on the song. You can “Follow” the playlist, which adds it as a saved playlist for you. Or you can add some of the results song by song to the Velvet playlist you already made.
posted by sallybrown at 11:43 AM on November 8, 2019

Distinctly 60's vibe: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings!
posted by quince at 11:44 AM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

London Grammar - Strong
posted by Jubey at 11:46 AM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

To the Boys by Molly Birch
posted by CMcG at 11:57 AM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

I don't know a ton of those songs but the few I do suggest Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and "You Know That I'm No Good."
posted by praemunire at 12:13 PM on November 8, 2019

Man, I'm adding several of your picks to my own playlist(s)!
Okay, some suggestions from my recently-played:

Sylvan Esso - Dreamy Bruises
Haley Heynderickx - Oom Sha La La
Heather Maloney (w/ Darlingside) - No Shortcuts
Anna Ash - Righteously
Julia Nunes - Feels Good
Sara Watkins - Young In All The Wrong Ways
Suzanne Vega - 99.9 F
Lianna La Havas - Green & Gold
Adia Victoria - Stuck In The South
My Bubba - Big Bad Good
posted by D.Billy at 12:33 PM on November 8, 2019 [2 favorites]

Pat Benatar made a pop-departure bluesy album and I've always loved this track: True Love. Seems to tick your boxes - smoky voice, good groove.
posted by rekrap at 12:34 PM on November 8, 2019

Rachael Yamagata. rachaelyamagata.com
posted by lpsguy at 1:03 PM on November 8, 2019

I'd suggest anything by Jennifer Charles, especially her main band Elysian Fields and the one off she did with Mike Patton and Dan the Automator, Lovage. She is the very definition of smoky.
posted by extraheavymarcellus at 1:16 PM on November 8, 2019

Susan Tedeschi, Talkin' About. Check out all her stuff, including the Tedeschi Trucks band, her band with her guitar god husband Derek Trucks--she sings lead. Ooh, they did a Tiny Desk Concert.
posted by ceejaytee at 2:15 PM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

The Things I've Seen Today by Madeleine Peyroux
posted by jeremias at 2:32 PM on November 8, 2019

Prominent beat? ✓
Not necessarily fast? ✓ [slow and slinky, actually..]
Female vocals? ✓
Smoky? ✓

Neko Case - Look for Me, I'll be Around
posted by Nerd of the North at 2:47 PM on November 8, 2019 [2 favorites]

and maybe Madi Diaz: Gimme A Kiss
posted by dizziest at 3:09 PM on November 8, 2019

and King Princess: Talia
posted by dizziest at 3:19 PM on November 8, 2019

Will be watching with interest because I love your song list (it even has a few whose titles I didn't recognize at first but when I looked them up on Spotify saw I had already added them to my big master playlist)

You Go Down Smooth--Lake Street Dive
New York--St. Vincent
Honey Now--Gillian Welch
Angel Olsen--Shut Up Kiss Me
Our Lady of the Underground--Anais Mitchell & Ani Difranco
History Eraser--Courtney Barnett
Ballantines--Aimee Mann
Hey Eugene--Pink Martini
Your Best American Girl--Mitski
Valerie--Amy Winehouse
posted by lampoil at 3:33 PM on November 8, 2019

K D Lang is amazing. The warm, full voice is unbeatable, no matter what she sings. Crying, for example.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, also. Passionate Kisses, anyone?
posted by Enid Lareg at 3:53 PM on November 8, 2019 [3 favorites]

Linda Ronstadt "You're No Good"
posted by bardophile at 5:37 PM on November 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

You might like Yola- my favorite song of hers is Faraway Look
posted by wowenthusiast at 6:38 PM on November 8, 2019

May I interest you in the works of Chan Marshall/Cat Power?

Lived in Bars
He War
Cross Bones Style
posted by misscleo3861 at 6:39 PM on November 8, 2019

Less crooner and more 90s indie:

Paula Frazer and Tarnation

Not really a match to the style you're seeking, but from the same San Francisco scene:

Barbara Manning: "Dock Ellis"
(great story too, read the description)
posted by intermod at 7:14 PM on November 8, 2019

Not exactly Velvet, but definitely do check out Daughter. She's got quite the set of pipes on her.
posted by signsofrain at 9:54 PM on November 8, 2019

Karen Jonas might be interesting to you. Here is a sample - Butter.
posted by COD at 6:03 AM on November 9, 2019

Naked Eye - Luscious Jackson
posted by tafetta, darling! at 5:02 PM on November 10, 2019

Lana del Ray - Chelsea Hotel No. 2

Regina Spektor - Lady

Lykke Li - No Rest for the Wicked

Anything by Billie Holiday
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 10:28 AM on November 15, 2019

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