More than a decade of work from Incognito, and Bluey's still going strong! The group here are picking up some of the 21st Century Soul touches of late 90s Talking Loud – but that's a great thing by us, as they forge together the warmth of their earlier tunes with the crisp freshness of the London scene of the future – hence the title, wethinks! Tracks include "Black Rain", "I Can See The Future", "Nights Over Egypt", "Wild & Peaceful", "Get Into My Groove", "Yesterday's Dream", and "It Ain't Easy". CD
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Maysa (Maysa Leak) —
Maysa ... CD Blue Thumb, 1995. Used ...
The soulful vocalist of Incognito strikes out on her own – serving up an excellent debut LP! This one's got a bit more of a modern R&B approach than the jazzier work of Incognito – but still stays in the hip London soul mode, thanks to some great production work by Ray Hayden of Opaz! Maysa's voice is incredible – running up to the heavens, and dipping deep in that wonderful way she has, to make the songs bottom out with a heck of a lot of feeling. Titles include "Peace Of Mind", "Goodbye Manhattan", "JFS", "Let It Go", "Sexy", "Black Heaven", and "What About Our Love?". CD
Lovely work by Fernanda Porta – a talented new singer and arranger, with a sound that's a bridge between Rio and London! Fernanda's like some of her labelmates on the Trama imprint – a vocalist with a sound that's steeped in the bossa traditions of Brazil, yet which also reaches out with some of the more soulful styles of recent work from the European underground. Fernanda wrote and arranged this entire set herself – and the tracks dance along in a skittish style that has a lot of elements of the current London broken beat scene, yet which also retains all the warmth and soul of the best recent Brazilian pop. The album's a real delight throughout – very fresh, with lots of nice twists and turns – and titles include "Amor Errado", "Eletricidade", "1999", "Outro Lugar Do Mundo", "Sambassim", "Tudo De Bom", and "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce". (Brazil, Neo Soul)CD