Kindred the Family Soul

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In 2003, Kindred the Family Soul’s fabtastic Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon Dantzler—the husband-wife duo and Philadelphia R&B legends over a decade later—gave us their excellent debut, Surrender to Love. A year previously, another neo-soul classic, Raphael Saadiq’s Instant Vintage, came out; and even earlier, in 2000, it was Jill Scott’s iconic Who Is Jill Scott? In my mind, those three albums count high on the list of the most intimate, beautifully and deeply realized visions of sensual R&B chill suites. These are records full of kicking-your-Gazelles-off, long summer conversations fueled by weed and wine, and the creation of a common bond over our collective humanity, flaws and all.

A few summers ago, Kindred’s fourth LP, Love Has No Recession, was a spectacular testament to the fact that not only do they still have it, but their ears aren’t closed, and their artistry’s only ripened with time. They let folks like Snoop, Ursula Rucker, CoCo Brown and Bilal in on that one, and the guest spots never overshadow the hybrid vibes, which are soothing and comforting. The Dantzlers’ voices are robust and varied, and their marriage adds this built-in romantic aspect, but not an overdose. They let the struggles show, too; after all, they’ve got kids, bills, frustrations and dreams.

For whatever reason, be it familial or familiar, Kindred doesn’t yet have the mass appeal of their contemporaries; still, in “Family Song (Reprise)” from Surrender, when they sing “We are family,” it feels like they’re singing to us, too. There aren’t many other chances to catch these cult-followed stars in Philly’s soul skyline, so the trip to Wilmington is absolutely worth the 22-minute Northeast regional train ride. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $25-$30. With the Revelations. World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St,, Wilmington, Del. 302.994.1400. queen.worldcafelive.com

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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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500 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del.
One time only on 03/01/2014. .

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World Cafe Live at the Queen

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