The road to soul by Northern Cali’s Myron & E (Myron Glasper and Eric “E Da Boss” Cooke) ran through hip hop first. They met while on tour with Oakland’s Blackalicious – Cooke was the tour DJ and Glasper sang backup – and bonded over a love of classic soul music.
While on a separate tour through Finland, a chance encounter led Cooke to an impromptu jam session with members of The Soul Investigators, whose work with singer Nicole Willis helped define them as one of Europe’s foremost retro-soul bands. Producer Didier Selin was impressed enough to leave Cooke with several Soul Investigators tracks. Back in the Bay Area, he recruited Glasper as a songwriter/ vocal team, and the collaboration had begun.
Myron & E with the Soul Investigators released a string of limited edition 45s (incuding “Cold Game”, “Pot Club”, “It’s a Shame” and “On Broadway) which radiated such an authentic soul vibe that they were embraced through Europe and America, and caught on with the low-rider scene in California.
In the past year, the team focused on building its live show and perfecting its debut album, Broadway, now being released on Stones Throw Records.
“We maintain a relationship with classic soul,” Myron attests. “To me, that was the greatest music that ever existed. There were hundreds of groups back then that were never discovered, but are phenomenal. We’re trying to keep the spirit of that alive.”