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Exclusive MP3: R&B Brits, the Heavy


The Heavy drive their distinctly British take on R&B right across 110th Street on “Set Me Free,” the mellow single — available for download here — that’s the title track of their brand new EP. Latched to an acoustic guitar backbone that recalls the Roots’ slinky hit, “The Seed 2.0,” “Set Me Free” unfolds into a vocal jam that finds frontman Kelvin Swaby dueling with some thick-voiced ladies who, we can only hope, are sporting matching miniskirts and busting out loose-limbed choreography.

Now Hear This: The Heavy – “Set Me Free”(DOWNLOAD MP3)

The new EP — which also includes a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Doing My Time” — arrives as the Heavy return to the U.S. for a handful of shows on both coasts. Here’s where you can check ’em out:

Oct. 30, Los Angeles (The Echo) #
Oct. 31, San Francisco (Mr. Roboto Halloween Party, 103 Harriet)
Nov. 1, San Diego (The Casbah) @
Nov. 3, Philadelphia (WXPN On-Air Session)
Nov. 5, New York (Mercury Lounge) *
Nov. 6, Brooklyn (Union Pool) @
# — with Pop Levi, the Gray Kid
@ — with Kenan Bell
* — with Illinois and Kenan Bell