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Success M usi c
A soulful solution to Southern Florida’s
unfortunate lack of traditional roots music, J. M.
& The Sweet consummate musicality and slick
lyricism make for a superbly satisfying listen.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
In a city often toted for its diversity, there’s one area
of our culture that seems morosely monotone. Walk
down any Miami city street and you’ll be bombarded by
a cascade of diverse languages and accents, but turn
on the radio and the same reggaeton songs seem to
dominate our airwaves. Boldly fighting for a brand of
slick, sensual sound they lovingly call South Florida Soul
comes J. M. & The Sweets, a well-polished group of R&B
enthusiasts that translate across all patois. Fronted by
Josh “J. M.” Miles and additionally staffed by drummer
Ben Stokes, bassist Lorenzo Lindo, guitarist Michael Perry
Jr. and organist Virgil Price, J. M. was quick to enlighten
me on our city’s affect on his group’s smooth sound.
“The main effect living on South Florida has had on
our sound is a desire to be soulful, because not a lot of
really soulful music comes out of our area,” says Miles.
“Taking what you like from different forms of music and
fusing it together is what South Florida Soul is all about;”
JMAndTheSweets.com. TOP TRACKS
I Got You: Jamie Woods
When You Say: That Brasstracks
Craving: Matt Woods
Tainted Love (Cover): Bilal
El Ron: Soulive