Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". CD
15 tracks from one of the best jazz funk bands of the past 25 years! The Brand New Heavies have a wonderful sound that mixes 70s jazz funk with a tight modern soul groove – never sleepy, and infused with all the best energy of older groups. They first sprung into being in the early days of the London acid jazz scene of the late 80s – but over the next few years, they became one of the best soul acts in the world, breaking out of the underground, and storming the US charts with classics like "Dream On Dreamer", "Stay This Way", and "Never Stop". All those cuts are on this tasty "best of" set – as are numbers from their hip hop experiments, including "Soul Flower" with The Pharcyde, "Bonafide Funk" with Main Source, and remixes of "Sometimes" with Q-Tip and "Saturday Nite" with Mos Def. The set also features "Dream Come True '92", "Put The Funk Back In It", "Have A Good Time", "Bonafide", and "Finish What You Started", a new track with vocals by N'Dea Davenport! CD
A brilliant batch of new millenium soul from Debra Debs! Debra is a London-based, Cameroon-born singer, and Life Cycles is the first full length effort we've heard from her, but it leaves us with little doubt that she'll be around for years to come. This is some of the nicest indie soul we've heard in a while! Her voice is warm and inviting, and she's get a deft hand for memorable songwriting, too – bearing the influence of some of the finer voices of the neo soul generation, as well as the jazzy soul voices of the classic era. The production is flavored by timeless keys and beats, and lots of lightly jazzy instrumental touches. Excellent stuff! Includes "Caught Up", "Clear My Name", "Love Galore", "Fizzy Lemonade" (plus a Felo Le Tee remix) "Daddy", "Blew Your Mind", "Sometimes", "Chasing Dreams", "Blending Colours", "Awake With You", "Africa 'Higher Higher'" feat P. Jericho and "Speeches". CD
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Robb Scott —
Afro Odyssey ... CD Sunshine Enterprises (Germany), 2006. Used ...
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A definite Afro Odyssey from Robb Scott – a set served up in an array of criss-crossing rhythms and contemporary soul! The style here is slightly cosmic – a bit like recent work coming out of London – but there's also a warmer, earthier spirit at play here too – one that really keeps the album far from cliche, and which makes tremendous use of the shifting instrumental patterns from track to track. Robb's at the core on vocals and keyboards, but the record also features added vocals, percussion, and orchestrations – the last of which are used subtly, but fully, in order to give the tunes a real sense of presence and power. The album's one of the best of this type we've heard in a long long time – and it's filled with great tracks that include "Understanding", "Afro Odyssey", "Fallin", "Revolution", "The Idiot King", "Distortions", "Return To The Earth", "Four Hundred Years In The Making", and "Anything You Like". CD