Soulful, funky, feel good music. These are just a few adjectives that come to mind after listening to Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s new single “Woo Hoo”: a track which I found remarkably innovative and old-fashion at the same time. The track’s beat indicates it’s ahead of its time; while its funk undertones lend to it a sense that it was perhaps trapped inside of a time capsule many years ago, only for Eli to dig it up years later, polish it off and release it back into public domain. In this regard, Reed is clearly a man ahead of his time: an old soul trapped in world where singers in his genre aren’t truly valued. When listening to “Woo Hoo” I start to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and am inclined to get up and start a dance party. Reed’s earnest and deliberate vocal styling compel one to go find out more about the mystery man.

Originally from Massachusetts, Eli took an interest in music from a very young age. Genres such as gospel, soul, blues and R&B were a few of his favorites. After completing high school he moved to Mississippi to envelop himself in the music scene. This was where he was given the nickname “paperboy” due to the “news boy” style hat that he used to wear. In 2005 he released his own album, Sings Walkin’ and Talkin’ (For My Baby) and Other Smash Hits, which was a mix of covers songs and original compositions. In 2007, he and his band were signed to Boston-based Q division and completed their second album, Roll with You. Here, all of the songs were either written or co-written by Reed. Then in 2008, he completed his first album, Come and Get it, on a major record label.

“Woo Hoo” is all about throwing caution to the wind, and having a good time. Indeed, when listening to it I am inclined to forget all my problems and enjoy life. The upbeat positive nature of the song, in combination with Eli’s blue eyed soul singing is a recipe for success. And while I was waiting for a truly climactic moment, but don’t feel that it ever came; I can honestly say that the song is consistently solid throughout. And no matter how hard I try my feet just can’t stay still. Great job Paperboy! Can’t wait to hear what you deliver us next.

Listen to “Woo Hoo”, here via Soundcloud:

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