Alice Russell, former vocalist of Quantic Soul Orchestra, is one of the few female singers able to merge without effort with the rhythms of the most progressive electronic music producers and at the same time to keep the warmth and humanity of the most sophisticated soul singers from the 70’s, confirming herself as one of the best British soul-jazz singers.
Appreciated by prominent personalities from the modern music scene, like Massive Attack, Groove Armada and De La Soul, during her artistic career she has collaborated on several projects. Drawing her inspiration from gospel music, she has approached the history of black music in a personal way and summed up all of her funk, hip-hop, electronic and jazz influences in her second album “My Favourite Letters”, written in collaboration with TM Juke.
What We Want! - saunters along so jauntily it practically floats. The beat fizzes and spurts in the background, and it's clear that producer TM Juke is on Russell's wavelength.
Humankind - with its swirling Latin lilt, it's virtually impossible not to be entranced from the first bar. Some well-placed scratching in between verses adds to the warm, free atmosphere it creates, with inventive melodies weaving their way in and out of the nylon stringed guitar. Then as it draws to a close it's all perfectly complemented by a buzzing folk violin dragging its bow like it doesn’t want to end the party.
Her style is charming and effortlessly soulful. This is by far the best album I have heard this year!
Other albums by Alice Russell:
Alice Russell - Under The Munka Moon (2004)
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