Aaron Winters, the Indiana transplant better known as Space Capone, is no stranger. He’s been building a steady following for his late-’70s vintage funk/R&B hybrid for several years, and his hard work is paying off (for us) in the form of a brand-spankin’-new, self-titled long-player. Co-produced by Space and Calvin Turner — whose credits include extensive work with Marc Broussard and Raphael Saadiq — the record is Space’s first for Atlanta imprint AJV.
No track listing is currently available, but the above recent tour vid for “R.U.D.T.F. (Down to Funk)” indicates that the new jams are just as booty-friendly as anything we’ve seen from Space before. The current resurgence of pop and dance music driven by synths and drum machines ain’t a bad thing at all, but it is refreshing to hear vocals and arrangements that bring to mind Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson. Kindred pre-synth-pop spirits Magnolia Sons bring more of the early '70s soul sound to their recent 7-inch, and they kick the party off tonight at Mercy Lounge. Ticket is $10, doors at 9.