When the beat drops out
Named after the famous actor Marlon Brando, the 32-year-old singer-songwriter grew up mainly with soul and reggae singers such as Sam Cooke, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown before being influenced by hip-hop artists such as Talib Kweli, The Roots and Mos Def. Born in January 1983, he spent the first 10 years of his life in London. He then moved to Caribbean island of St. Vincent only to return to the British capital at the age of 17.
Today, however, modern influences are also to be found in Roudette’s music, inspired by popular R&B reformers such as Frank Ocean, Drake and The Weeknd. It’s his willingness to experiment that also shaped Marlon Roudette’s follow up album to his 2011 debut LP "Matter Fixed": his musical vision of a kind of high-gloss darkness; a self-contained velvety midnight blackness, can be clearly sensed in the sound of the "Electric Soul" album.