A brilliant set from one of the greatest voices in 21st Century soul – and a record that has Alice exploring even more territory than her first! Russell's got a sound that's effortlessly classic – one of those voices that grabs you like some lost jazz vocalist or soul singer from years past, but which isn't mired in any of the cliches of simple reproduction of style. Instead, she's teamed beautifully here with TJ Juke – who offers a range of different backdrops for Russell's unique voice – allowing her to sing playfully one moment, scat breezily the next, and hit some earthy, bluesy notes that really dig deep! Take our word, you'll be hearing plenty from Alice in years to come – and this album's a great place to start following her fame. Titles include "All Else Can Wait", "Humankind", "What We Want", "I'm Just Here", "Munkaroo", "All Over Now", "Remember To Forget", "To Know This", "A Fly In The Hand", "Mean To Me", and "High Up On The Hook". CD
Voyager ... LP TruThoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
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If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of the other work from the TruThoughts label in recent years – much more indie soul, although Navran's vocals are maybe a bit more understated, and sometimes let the keyboards take the lead! There's occasional other instrumentation on the record – acoustic piano, alto sax, and more – but the real charm comes from the interplay between voice and keyboards – on titles that include "Now & Then", "Change Your Mind", "Hideaway", "Cure", "6AM", "The List", "Doors Closing", and "Think Back". LP, Vinyl record album
Dusty grooves from Alice Russell – a set that's steeped in heavy soul influences all the way through – from her great vocals on the top, to the tight instrumentation in the middle, to all the heavy drums that keep things kicking on the bottom! The album may well be Russell's tightest outing to day – and a set that's done in close collaboration with Alex Cowan – who really helps move Alice's music forward strongly with some new elements that never appeared in previous outings! There's some cool little twists and turns in the music – slight use of contemporary keys and electronics alongside the live funk elements – blended in nicely, without any sense of gimmick at all – and really helping bridge the space between the deep funk underground where Russell's worked strongly for years, and the bigger soul mainstream she could well dominate in the future. Titles include "Twin Peaks", "I Loved You", Citizens", "To Dust", "Hard & Strong", "For A While", "A To Z", and "Let Go". Features bonus track "Different". LP, Vinyl record album