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Brotherly Return With ‘Find First Light’

14/04/2010

Brotherly is made up of vocalist Anna Stubbs and bassist/producer Robin Mullarkey. The British duo already have an album under their belts (2007’s One Sweet Life) and, between them, have worked with some of the biggest names in soul/electronica, including Zero 7, Bugz In The Attic, Ty and Roisin Murphy.

I wasn’t that familiar with their first project, except for ‘Put It Out’ featuring Eska, so I was interested to hear how the duo’s mix of soul, electronica, jazz and broken beat would come together on a full album.

Things get off to a great start with ‘Lucky Clover’, a mid-tempo soul number that gives Anna’s vocal the perfect opportunity to shine against a minimal backing track which fills out nicely on the bridge/chorus. What’s great about how Brotherly put a track together is that they do not rely solely on ‘electronics’ to produce their sound, instead they combine it with ‘real’ instrumentation to create a warmer, more organic sound than a lot of electronic music.

‘Pushing In’ makes use of the vocal talents of  fellow Londoner Sharlene Hector on BV’s which adds a welcome dimension to the track. Natalie Williams and Tawiah provided BV’s on the duo’s first outing which illustrates the high degree of collaboration found on London’s flourishing soul scene.

‘Requiem’ incorporates a bit more of a broken beat sound, albeit in a lush, orchestral fashion, and is definitely one of the highlights on the album. Another highlight is the upbeat ‘Spin Down’, a sure fire summer hit with a very ‘Brit-soul’ sound that will appeal to fans of any of the artists mentioned in this article.

Find First Light dosn’t hit shelves (or mp3 stores) until 7th June, which means there is a bit of a wait yet, however it is well worth it and will make a great accompaniment to those long, hot summer days we are hoping for know are coming!

Lucky Clover

Requiem

Spin Down

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 25/04/2010 1:07 am

    I mess with this too! Very dope! That “Spin Down” joint is the truth.

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