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Been So Long: Jan/Feb Wrap-Up!

22/02/2010

Wow, it’s been two weeks since I last posted … that has got to be the longest I’ve gone yet. Apologies to anyone who stopped by hoping to see new stuff but I needed some time out.

Luckily for those of you seeking a new music fix January and February have been chock-full of quality releases, from old favourites to newer, up-and-coming acts, there really has been something for everyone.

Below is a round up of 2010 releases so far, please forgive me any I’ve missed:

January

Maysa – A Woman In Love: sparkling combination of jazz classics and original material. One of the finest jazz/soul voices around today. Worth purchasing just for the cover of MJ’s ‘Lady In My Life’

Tuomo – My Own Private Sunday: he’s been featured here before for his first two albums. He released his 3rd offering in Jan with little/no publicity and I only stumbled across it by complete accident. One worth checking out.

Bei Bei & Shawn Lee – Into The Wind: definitely one for the ‘alternative’ set, or those who’s musical boundries stretch a bit further than standard soul music. The combination of Bei Bei’s ancient chinese Guzheng and Lee’s modern production (as well as welcome vocals from Georgia Anne Muldrow) make this a great album that will probably be overlooked by many.

Green Tea – Beautiful Weirdo: after releasing her first two albums whilst working a regular day job Green Tea has now decided to focus on music full time. Her first release as a ‘full-time’ musician is a mixtape featuring her voice over Outkast beats.

February

Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea: after the tradgedy that befell her a couple of years back, many thought that a sophomore album would not see the light of day. Thankfully it has and The Sea has become a firm favourite amongst existing fans and those looking for something a bit more substantial than her light and breezy debut.

Sade – Soldier Of Love: after a 10 year hiatus Sade are back. I loved lead single ‘Soldier Of Love’ and the leaks which followed upped my anticipation. After repeated listens I feel this isn’t the classic that many were expecting, however a few real gems elevate this well above average.

Nneka – Concrete Jungle: her first US album, and an amalgamation of her first two European releases (Victim Of Truth and No Longer At Ease), Concrete Jungle has led many a critic to tip Nneka as the next Lauryn Hill. Whether you agree or not this is a fantastic album from a future force-to-be-reckoned-with.

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Kings Ballad: the underground queen of alternative soul has released what her and her partner (Dudley Perkins) call her most ‘pop’ album to date. By ‘pop’ they mean accessible, traditionally structured songs that will appeal to both her existing fans and those curious to hear what all the hype is about.

Jose James – Blackmagic: the reigning king of jazz-soul crossover, José James hopes to further cement his place with the release of his much anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed debut The Dreamer. Leaning more towards traditional soul than his jazz orientated beginnings, this is sure to be hailed as one of the stand outs of 2010 come the end of the year.

Silhouette Brown – Two: Five years after releasing their self-titled debut, the soulful, broken beat trio are back with their second album Two. This time around they have employed Phillys Lady Alma on vocal duties (instead of Deborah Jordan) and in my opinion the changed line-up has given rise to a more consistent, more soulful offering, which is proving to be my favourite of the year thus far!

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