Cool Uncle is the hilarious name Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash have chosen for their new duo. Caldwell is an R&B veteran who was often sampled by J. Dilla (maybe you know him from Common’s “The Light”), while Splash is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer who has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, and Jennifer Hudson. Their self-titled debut album features soul revivalists Cee-Lo Green and Mayer Hawthorne plus understated British pop singer/should-be superstar Jessie Ware. The latter duets with Caldwell on “Break Away,” a contagious melancholy groove with lots of sweet retro flourishes that just premiered on Pitchfork. Listen below.
Cool Uncle is out 11/13 on Fresh Young Minds.