At SXSW, Daryl Hall invited his friend Mutlu, a young scion of Philadelphia, to add his silky vocals to a reggae version of “Maneater” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Mutlu did himself proud.
Mutlu is a surprising package. He’s a hirsute bear of a man. But park him in front of a microphone and this angelically sweet, soulful voice pours out of him.
Soulful singer-songwriter Mutlu has just released a new EP, The Dream Book. The Philly based musician of Turkish descent plays a mix of soul, reggae, world music and folk, all tied together in the singer-songwriter tradition. Mutlu is an explosive singer and charismatic performer and his new EP excellently captures all his musical flavors.
Mutlu uses repetitive chord sequences to launch gloriously loose vocal improvisations. If he can pull together a full album that exudes the breezy feel of “Can’t Stop,” he’ll be unstoppable.
Amos Lee received a sweet vocal assist from Mutlu Onaral on “Won’t Let Me Go.”