With more and more artists taking control of their projects, the timing couldn't be better for an artist like soulful newcomer Remy Shand, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

With more and more artists taking control of their projects, the timing couldn't be better for an artist like soulful newcomer Remy Shand, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Anchored by a singular focus—love—the self-produced/penned The Way I Feel is as smooth as it is sublime. Lead single "Take a Message" is equal parts Maxwell and Prince, with Shand's bluesy falsetto gliding over wicked rhythms. The bluesy groove of the title track is proof positive that Shand knows how to funk, while the old-school feel of "Rocksteady" sounds like an Al Green evergreen that never was. While high points abound on this set, tracks like "Everlasting" and "I Met Your Mercy" are classics-in-waiting. With The Way I Feel, Shand has crafted a debut that smartly culls from the past while pressing forward. And like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye before him, Shand is poised to have his own footnote in the storied history of Motown.—RH

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