When Charles Bradley began work on his latest album, Changes, a documentary crew accompanied him into the studio. The filmmakers captured footage of him belting the raspy, emotional track “Slow Love” (streaming in full below) and looking back on how he got to this point in his career, all of which is featured in the exclusive clip above.
The footage will feature in a documentary, Living on Soul, which focuses on the three-night Daptone Super Soul Revue at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in December 2014. Bradley performed at the venue alongside Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas and the Budos Band, among others. The film’s producers are currently seeking funds for the film on Kickstarter, and they are offering everything from vinyl LPs to executive producer credits and a tour of the “House of Soul Studios” in Brooklyn.
Director Jeff Broadway tells Rolling Stone that the scene above was filmed in August 2015. “It was a hot day in Long Island City,” he says. “They worked on ‘Slow Love’ for some hours, and generously allowed our cameras in to this most intimate environment.”
He says the film reflects the diversity of the Daptone label along with its “unrivaled spirit.” It’s something he sees especially in Bradley. “Charles, for one, certainly possesses a soul and quality rarely found,” he says.
Bradley will be performing at Bonnaroo this weekend, after which he will embark on a months-long European tour. He’ll return to North America for a short run of dates in late summer and early fall.