Doug DeLuca, based in Los Angeles, has a special Valentine’s Day treat for all the lovers out there. The new video for album standout “Gimmie Love” from the forthcoming Hit Your Mark EP (out March 30th, 2018) premiered over at Imperfect Fifth recently, and can now be seen right here.
Rough around the edges in all the right ways, Hit Your Mark breathes and moves. Drawing from mid-century R&B, soul, funk, and groove, the record is an antidote to what so much of contemporary music is missing. Stuttering drums kick along, as thick brass blows smoke under the streetlight. At the wheel of this rhythmic Cadillac sits DeLuca…his voice the smooth caress of plush leather, inviting the listener to slide a little closer…
In addition to producer Louis Bartolini (Blimes Brixton) and DeLuca, Hit Your Mark features bassist Nate Light (JR Rotem, Nick Offerman), pianist Ben Salk, guitarist Karl Kerefoot (Lord Huron), and rising talent VIAA (Anderson .Paak, Willow Smith) on backing vocals for “Gimmie Love” and “Hit Your Mark”. Lyrically, DeLuca paints broad-stroke mediations on life and love that are instantly relatable, and imminently timeless.
In a time when mainstream music – and perhaps life in general – is increasingly synthetic, overproduced, and stuffed full of unnecessary electronic elements, simply for the sake of being au courant, Doug DeLuca has a few recommendations. Life, sometimes, just doesn’t go your way. The triumph is in the pursuit. Dress up a little bit. Put on some music made by humans playing instruments. Go chase love (or at least lust). He’ll see you out there.
Keep up with Doug DeLuca: