First Listen: Latasha Lee makes it "Easy To Love" her classic soul sound

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    (May _. 2024) Shortly after getting the assignment to write a First Listen on “He’s So Easy to Love,” the new song by retro-soul singer Latasha Lee, I noticed that all of the songs that she released over the last decade are no longer on streaming sites like Apple Music.

    Lee placed a video on Instagram and TikTok stating that she‘s involved in a copyright dispute and that songs like “Mr. Postman,” “Left Hand Side” and “Watch Me Now” have been taken down. Lee said that this dispute will likely be resolved in court

    In the meantime, Lee got back to work. She’s been busy recording new original music in her distinctive style that draws heavily from 1960s and early 70s era Motown, Stax and Chess, and is preparing to release a new album.

    (May _. 2024) Shortly after getting the assignment to write a First Listen on “He’s So Easy to Love,” the new song by retro-soul singer Latasha Lee, I noticed that all of the songs that she released over the last decade are no longer on streaming sites like Apple Music.

    Lee placed a video on Instagram and TikTok stating that she‘s involved in a copyright dispute and that songs like “Mr. Postman,” “Left Hand Side” and “Watch Me Now” have been taken down. Lee said that this dispute will likely be resolved in court

    In the meantime, Lee got back to work. She’s been busy recording new original music in her distinctive style that draws heavily from 1960s and early 70s era Motown, Stax and Chess, and is preparing to release a new album.

    “He’s So Easy to Love” is an R&B song with strong jazz influences that can be heard in the cut’s mid-tempo swing. The electric organ and vibraphone accents are reminiscent of early Motown. Lee’s emotive vocals carry a Brill Building girl group vibe. Lee always infuses her vocals with a mixture of innocent love and sensuality, and that is also the case with this tune, as she sings about her intention to be the one who gets the guy that every girl has to have. 

    Crises often create new opportunities, and the songs now on streaming showcase the lyrical, vocal and instrumental virtues that earned Lee a loyal following. Still, here’s hoping that all the great music Lee made will return to streaming services soon. In the meantime, enjoy “He’s So Easy to Love.” 

    By Howard Dukes