When it comes to the radio, I've heard "single af" by Fousheé only once (at the beginning of the year).
And it's unfortunate. Fousheé does what I hear rarely in R&B today:
Forget ad-libs. She croons all in the chorus. Not only crooning, but crooning in a falsetto over a super-slow tempo. That Ronald Isley affect.
It's only that Fousheé's female vocals, punctuated by staccatos, is reminiscent of "Loving You" by Minnie Ripperton.
It doesn't sound like a throw-back song though. Fousheé Hip Hop-influenced flow (on the verses) puts her among contemporaries in popular R&B.
A review of "single af" (Fousheé).
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I wasn't expecting to do music reviews, but I've been hearing some good music and I want to share it.
I first heard "Whoopty" by CJ on Jan. 18 -- two months ago -- and I saved it to my playlist right away. Whoopty puts that pulse into you, but it's not only the beat that does it for me. The energy of CJ's delivery and his wordplay makes you want to jump around.
Smokin' the zah-zah
It goes straight to the mah-tah
Then I'm up in the choppa / Hittin' the cha-cha / Open his lah-tah
Then he dance to bachata
I don't know what all he's saying right there, but that's my part right there.
The lyrics is a lot of street talk -- a lot of hustler talk. But how Whoopty is mixed (e.g., looping the verses in the background so it sounds like ad-libs) makes it danceable as well. For better or for worse, it's the best of both worlds.
A review of "Whoopty" (C.J.).
Inspirational. A great message. And a capsule of the Troy Andrews movement. I liked Trombone Shorty through and through.
While reading it, I wanted to go to New Orleans and the Tremé neighborhood, and experience the best of its culture and musical flare. ("WHERE Y'AT? WHERE Y'AT?") One of my favorite stories was how Andrews came upon his first trombone -- and its mighty armor he managed to hold up.
One of the pictures has a three-dimensional effect that uses collage as part of it. Bryan Collier, the illustrator, animates the parade-goers as if among them, with nearby gestures such as clapping hands and a finger that points elsewhere into the crowd. It was my favorite picture, absolutely.
And a nod to the book designer. Even the typeset is on point. (You see the front cover?)
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