First found on collaborations with Tru Thoughts labelmates Quantic, and TM Juke, if you havenât heard Alice Russell yet you're missing out on one of the best singers around. Russellâs singing is classically soulful, with vocal finesse rarely heard these days. Sheâs a throwback to the era of fully-developed vocal talents like Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle, a singerâs singer.
Under The Munka Moon II is the second compilation of remixes, outtakes, live versions, and cover versions from the prolific young soul singer. Covering live soul, broken beat, jazz, funk, reggae, and d&b, the album begs the question, is there any kind of music this woman does not sound amazing over? If there is, I havenât heard it yet. David Mancusoâs Loft favorite âCould Heaven Ever Be Like This,â penned by jazz drummer Idris Muhammad, gets the broken soul treatment from Bugz In The Attic, and a fresh mellow approach from Russell. âDonât You Worry,â originally recorded for the Wah Wah 45s label, is a deep downtempo soul groover with equal parts vintage and future soul. And on âI Love You More Than Youâll Ever Knowâ she tackles the gut-wrenching Donny Hathaway ballad (that most singers should not even attempt) with ease and originality.
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