There is actually a Facebook page dedicated to promoting Caro Emerald as the singer of the next James Bond film theme, https://www.facebook.com/CaroEmerald007. There has not been a more apt Facebook page to date. Caro Emerald, Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw of the Netherlands, sounds like an accomplished 60s jazz singer and more than able to handle anything a James Bond theme requires.
It’s great to see new material from Aloe Blacc, the EP Wake Me Up and the LP Lift Your Spirit are 2013 releases. It is an excellent follow-up to 2010’s Good Things, confident, catchy, and with that unmistakable neo-soul groove that is reminiscent of the best of the early 70s.
Jack Johnson is a great lyricist and a natural acoustic guitarist. There is no unplugging necessary; his medium is the acoustic guitar...mostly. He has only been around since 2001’s Brushfire Fairytales, so this rookie is relegated to the Newer Bands That Don’t Sound Bad section. That’s a shame. Johnson has had ten albums in those years—three live, one soundtrack, and six studio albums. And his work seems to be—despite his success—underestimated.