Fire up your AM radio, grab your best girl, and move to the sweet sounds of “Nothing in this Whole Wide World.” That’s the new single from Philadelphia soul man, Mutlu. The tune is a jazzy and sexy throwback to simpler times, when a great beat, smooth harmonies, and the right dance partner were enough complete a perfect Saturday night.
Last month, Mutlu released his excellent EP, “Good Trouble.” Since then, the record has received high praise and accolades from all corners, including right here on StaticDive.com. The seven song collection explores the singer’s deep soul roots and masterful songwriting.
Masters of Philly Soul
Like Mutlu himself, the new single is born and bred in the rich traditions of classic Philly R&B music. Fellow Philadelphian, John Oates provides backing vocals on the song. Yes, that John Oates. He is the mustachioed half of Hall & Oates, the legendary 1980’s blue-eyed soul hitmakers. Like Mutlu, they have inspired and been inspired by the sounds of the City of Brotherly Love
Mutlu’s storied career has included tours, television appearances, and recordings with the famous duo. On “Nothing in this Whole Wide World,” Oates provides pristine backing harmonies that weave in and out of Mutlu’s excellent lead. The two voices together are perfect. This is the sound of masters at the top of their game.
The tune is a sweet love song. It’s the singer’s simple and beautiful statement of devotion to his significant other. When he sings, “Nothing in this whole wide world that can keep me from loving you,” it is immediately relatable. Even more important, it is immediately singable. Members of the Hall & Oates band provide the backing track, a jazzy R&B groove. I particularly like the funky guitar at the center of the mix.
Mutlu is on tour now, with dates in the US and Europe. Follow the links below for details and dates. And Check out “Nothing in this Whole Wide World” on Spotify.
More about Mutlu…
PHILADELPHIA, PA (9/19/19) This past summer Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Mutlu has charmed audiences up and down the East Coast with his infectious soul-styled music and honeyed tenor vocals in support of his recent Good Trouble album release. Mutlu is now gearing up for the album’s second single, “Nothing in This Whole Wide World” featuring John Oates from the legendary duo Hall & Oates. The single will be available for radio streaming on September 20, 2019.
“Nothing in This Whole Wide World” is Oates and Mutlu’s homage to R&B singles of the past, and pays tribute to the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia with its classic soul sound. Mutlu sings deeply from the heart as he embraces love and connection, and with John’s retro backing vocals, and the track’s funky guitar groove, the new single delivers an authentically vintage feeling throughout. “We wanted to channel that 70’s Philly Soul sound for the listener when we wrote this” recalls Mutlu of the songwriting process with Oates.
Hall & Oates’ guitarist, Shane Theriot, co-produced the new single with Oates. The recording also features keyboardist Henry Hey, along with Hall & Oates band members Brian Dunne (drums) and Klyde Jones (bass).
Mutlu will reunite with Hall & Oates in North Little Rock, Arkansas as the opening act for the renowned band on September 26th at The Verizon Arena, and will then carry his ‘Good Trouble’ tour overseas to the famous Amsterdam music venue, Paradiso. He will also be performing at The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence at Trinity UMC in Ewing, NJ on October 5th, with a lineup of artists that includes rock legends Living Colour, and he will be performing at The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on December 15th with acclaimed rock/soul/blues artist Anders Osborne.
His latest album Good Trouble has received tremendous media praise for crossing the boundaries of R&B, soul, reggae, folk, and rock, while creating something completely organic. Relix Magazine is currently featuring Mutlu in their September issue along with their monthly Spotify playlist. Mutlu has also received coverage and praise for his “Good Trouble” EP release in Vents Magazine, Music Existence, Digital Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Ditty TV, and others.
“He can lay claim with his silk-like vocals to being part of the next generation of The Sound of Philadelphia” – Vinyl Dialogues