delivers an incredible record with this set – an album that's inspired by the classic blend of symphonic soul and powerful commentary in the music of artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers – but handled here with a sound that's completely Emmer
's own! Stephen
gets help on vocals from a legendary lineup of singers – artists who include Chaka Kahn, Dwight Trible, Ursula Rucker, Frank McComb, Andy Bey, Leon Ware, Patti Austin, and Mary Griffin – all of whom are woven into Emmer
's larger musical vision in sound – at a level that almost evokes the power of the most righteous music from the Cadet Records scene in Chicago at the end of the 60s, but which also has a contemporary crackle that makes the whole thing immediately resonant. This isn't a rehash of older soul modes at all – and instead, like maybe some of the best London sounds over the past 20 years, it's a perfect illustration of the way the right artists can be influenced by the classics, but make completely new sounds that are all their own – and in doing so, really help continue to move soul music forward into the future. Titles include "A New Day To Come", "Close To Life", "Soul Glow", "Home Ground", "Everybody's Movin", "Under Your Spell", "Soil", "Own Again", "Pangea", "God It's Hot Today", and "Yesterday Oh Yesterday".