The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2
Sounds Like: The 25-year-old Brit’s return to form, by covering some oldies and one newbie (Broken Bells’ “High Road”), is as oversung but soulfully produced as ever.
Free Association: It’s like she’s trying to outsing Amy, Adele and Duffy in each song.
For Fans Of: Nikka Costa x Macy Gray, Dusty Springfield + Leona Lewis, soul love.
God Forgives, I Don’t
Sounds Like: An ambitious fifth studio album from Rozay, the Maybach Music founder, overflowing with big-name guests, a variety of tones and bounce-friendly beats.
Free Association: “Niggas get abused like boys at Penn State.” He really said that.
For Fans Of: Drake/Wale/Nas/Omarion/Meek Mill/Andre 3000/Ne-Yo/Dre/Jay-Z, bellies.
Good Morning EP
Sounds Like: Delightfully poppy future music with electronics, falsetto, new wave touches and space funk from Philly’s own Clint Eastburn, a dazzling five-track, 15-minute set.
Free Association: Always exciting to find out there’s inspiring talents hiding in Philly.
PW's Music Issue 2014