I don’t know how TimeSlave Recordings continues to blow me over with the level of talent they’re able to maintain, but Michael Oakley has officially put the icing on the cake. His new California EP is giving me goosebumps right this second as I type these words, and it’s not even the first, second, or third time I’ve listened to it. Michael Oakley makes it seem easy to channel pop perfection, but I can assure you, it’s not that simple.
The first thing you’re going to notice is that Michael Oakley has “it.” What exactly am I talking about? The complete package, that’s what. He has what has to be one of the UK’s smoothest, soul filled voices. Combine that with a collection of songs that would have been smash hits, every single one, if they’d been released in the mid-80’s, and you’ve got the recipe for exactly what I said earlier…a perfect pop release.
Releases like Michael Oakley’s California are why I do this. Recordings like this are exciting, get my blood pumping, and reinforces that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. If I can put this out there and get someone, anyone at all, to listen to and connect with these songs, well, that’s where the magic is. Head over to Bandcamp, pick it up, and see what all the fuss is about!