Review: Helena May – Funky Soul Revival

Good news, folks, Helena May is releasing a brand new funky song you won’t stop moving to!The UK singer/songwriter present to the world “Puzzle Pieces” which is a super vibe.

The “Pure Funk-Soul Bliss” tune can be the best description for this track.  In a way Helena takes the old school 90s/00s acid jazz and soul music and applies a new twist into it. You can hear some similarities to Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, but May is building on those elements to find her own mark.

‘Puzzle Pieces’ was a collaboration with Fabian Wollner and was mastered by the prestigious Sheep Hill Studios based in Vienna. The moment the music hits you, you’re there, high on her vocals soaring over the thick bass lines coupled with the dirty guitar riffs. The song is a folk earworm melody with so much soul and energy compressed into an irresistibly funky package.

Helena isn’t all about making you dance, however.  She also has a message to communicate. Her lyrics are all about being true to oneself, being positive, and unity. “Puzzle Pieces” urges you to love yourself and appreciate your individuality in all its aspects.

Through her joint songwriting process, Helena puts her heart into telling relatable heartwarming stories. Her desire is to have her music being vivid and inspiring which makes you to feel unstoppable.

“Puzzle Pieces” is becoming a massive hit among the fans and a brilliant tour will soon follow.  Helen’s sound is the soul of funk and needs your attention. Don’t even try to remain undiscovered by the uncontrolled sway that this tune has on you!

Helena is glad that the fans have come together with her to spread more light through music on this trip. Bust that collar, grab somebody on the floor together with Helena and have this song as your favorite puzzle piece.

Listen to Puzzle Pieces

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What is your stage name and is there a story behind your stage name?
Helena May – it’s my first and middle name 🙂

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from London, UK’s Acid-Jazz/Funk scene in the 90s/00s – the beginning times of Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies and Incognito. My hope is to create a new female, generational sound, inspired by that time.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Growing up, my Dad played Bass in a band. I loved watching him and his band members practice at the house and play gigs. I also listened a lot to my Mum’s music collection – The Kinks, Santana, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin are some of her favourites. I little later on (when I was twelve) – I pressed ‘play’ on Jamiroquai’s ‘A Funk Odyssey’ album and my whole world changed! Right there and then, I knew I wanted to be a Funk-Soul singer.

What musician do you admire most and why?
It has to be Jason Kay (JK) from Jamiroquai.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I’ve learned a lot from how JK writes music – creating songs by singing vocal and instrument melodies. I’ve always thought that’s amazing and hugely inspiring. I’ve always listening to a lot of different music genres and songs – tuning into each singer and instrument.

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What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Robert Plant & Eric Clapton at Wembley in the 90s!

How could you describe your music?
A kaleidoscopic Funky-Soulful “pick me up”.

Describe your creative process.
I love writing as a team! Bouncing off ideas is the best thing for me, when creating new work. A new song idea usually comes from a vocal melody or poem I’ve written and then I’ll piece it together with Fabian (Producer – Sheep Hill Records) in his studio.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
My work has definitely evolved over the years. I’ve worked with different producers and artists, each with their own style, creating what was fitting musically in that moment. For sure, personal-artistic growth has played a huge part into what I write now and what sound I want to create as ‘Helena May’.

Who do you see as your main competitor?
I try not to compare but be inspired by other female artists – Joss Stone, Raye, Nikka Costa, Chaka Khan.

What are your interests outside of music?
Finding new coffee shops.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I’d probably have a farm and rescue animals.

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
That the industry continues to celebrate Women In Music.

Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
“Puzzle Pieces” – I was actually doing a jigsaw puzzle! Observing the act of turning each puzzle piece into their specific place, over time creating the full image – that’s where the idea came from.

What are your plans for the coming months?
Lots of exciting live shows are lined up – I’ve just sung at Royal Albert Hall with Kokomo and Average White Band. What a night! I’m about to support Matt Johnson from Jamiroquai at Scala, London – I dream (since I was twelve) to sing my own music in front of Jamiroquai players! At the end of May, I’m performing some new ‘Helena May’ work at Ronnie’s Scott’s with W3 Funk and there are some really nice Summer Festival shows lined up. Oh, and new single releases! It’s all go and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I’m thankful for the adventure.

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans.
I’m embracing a continued collaborative approach following from my debut album “Funkalicious”, working alongside acclaimed British and European music-makers – some who have played with Jamiroquai and Incognito.

What message would you like to give to your fans?
Thank you for being on this journey with me. BIG LOVE xx

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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