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The Devonns dust off the golden age of 70's Chicago Soul with their self-titled debut album on Record Kicks.

Straight from the streets of Chicago, Illinois, The Devonns (pronounced "De vaughns") are the brand new soul outfit and the latest addition of the Record Kicks' family, whose self-titled debut album that drops April 03, is an assortment of influences taking us back to the heyday of soul.

Drawing influences from bands such as The Dramatics, The Isley Brothers and Leroy Hutson, yet bringing in their own unique modern twist, influenced by artists such as Jamie Lidell and Raphael Saadiq; singer Mat Ajjarapu explains how unintentionally, the rich heritage of Chicago's history with soul music influenced him.

"The city was at the epicentre of a lot of good music back in the 50's all the way to the 80's, a lot of the labels specialising in soul were based in the Chicago and we even had our own sound known as "Chicago soul". Through several years of crate digging it surprised me how many songs I loved were recorded in this city, for example one of my favourites is this great little song by The Natural Four, produced by Leroy Hutson 'Can This Be Real', and released via Curtom Records."

The band started in 2016 after multi-instrumentalist...  more


releases June 5, 2020

All words & music written by Mathew Ajjarapu except:
“Green Light” (written by Jamie Lidell, Dominic Salole, & Jason Charles Beck), &
“So In Love With You” (written by Leroy Hutson & Michael Hawkins)
"Ain't That a Man For You?" (lyrics by Mathew Ajjarapu, music by Lloyd Reese & Mathew Ajjarapu)
All tracks published by Edizioni Record Kicks (SIAE)
All music performed by The Devonns. The Devonns are: Mathew Ajjarapu (keys, organ, vocals); Khalyle Hagood
(bass); Ari Lindo (guitar); & Khori Wilson (drums)
Arranged by Paul Von Mertens with the exception of tracks 1 – 5 (horns arranged by Parris Fleming & Ryan
Wayne Tedder)
Strings (tracks 1, 2, & 4 – 10): Katherine Hughes (violin); Chihsuan Yang (violin); Carol Kalvonjian (violin); Ben
Wedge (viola); Charles Bontrager (viola); & Matthew Agnew (cello)
Horns (tracks 1 – 5): Parris Fleming (trumpet); Alex Wasily (trombone); & Corbin Andrick (saxophone). Horns
(tracks 6 – 10): Max Crawford (trumpet); Dylan Rehm (trombone); Paul Von Mertens (alto sax & flute); & Wes
Chihosz (tenor & baritone sax)
Flute on "Think I'm Falling In Love" sexily performed by Paul Von Mertens
Overdubs: Ken Stringfellow (background vocals, organ, percussion, tracks 1 - 10); Mathew Ajjarapu (additional
guitar on tracks 1, 5 & 10); Robert Edward Campbell (additional guitar on track 10); Alex Santilli (percussion on
track 6); Christopher Siebold (guitar solo on track 1); & Ajani Marsh (additional drums on track 1)
Recorded & mixed by Mike Hagler of Kingsize Sound Labs (Chicago)
Produced by Mike Hagler and Mathew Ajjarapu
Mastered by Golden Mastering
Album artwork & design by Mathew & Jacob Ajjarapu
Photography by Sarah Elizabeth Larson