Damn great work from Inobe – a singer who's waited more than a few years before giving us this sweet little record, but who's definitely used all that time to really deepen her game! Inobe's got a vocal range here that's really wonderful – very old school in its sense of richness, at a level that takes us back to older female soul from the 70s – yet set here to some fresh arrangements that really have a great sense of personality – complex, yet simple – using bits of acoustic guitar, vocal overdubs, and a few elegant elements to bring a range to the songs that really makes the album sparkle. And speaking of "Sparkle", some of the best cuts have a laidback electric vibe that almost reminds us of the mellow Aretha Franklin work from the early 70s – those great album tracks that we often love more than the singles. Titles include "Take A Drive", "One More Day", "Bah Dah Dah", "Lovin You", "Find Me", "Change", and "Who You Are". CD
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A pretty nice starting point for some of better known tracks by Kelis – she who brings all the boys to the yard – and who still doesn't get enough credit for being a part of some of the best hip hop-pop-soul singles of the past decade! This set is wise enough to pull a few tracks together that featured Kelis as guest vocalist as well as cuts from her own albums – much of it produced by the Neptunes, naturally! Includes "Milkshake", "Got Your Money" (ODB featuring Kelis), "Trick Me", "Lil Star" feat Cee-Lo, "Get Along With You", "Young, Fresh N' New", "Bossy" feat Too Short, "In Public" feat Nas, "Millionaire" feat Andre 3000, "Suspended" and more. CD
Mindblowing stuff – the first album from Siji, and an immediate classic that grabbed us right away! Siji's been bumping around on various records for the past few years – lending his vocal talents to a number of great club tracks and singles – but this is his first full album, and it's a heck of a great debut! There's a righteousness to the album that's undeniable – a vocal style that's spacey, warm, and mellow – and which puts Siji somewhere in a trajectory of soul that runs from Stevie Wonder to Eric Roberson! The tunes have a bit of an influence from the New York Osunlade scene – no surprise, considering that Osunlade's offered Siji a lot of support over the years – but the songwriting itself is completely fresh, and crackles out with a personal energy that only seems to deepen as the set moves on. Incredible stuff, with a sound all its own – and titles that include "Sanctuary", "Watching You Watching Me", "Running Away", "God-Given", "Starting Over", "Feels Like", "Bittersweet", "I Believe", and "The Day Ahead". CD