On the Record: Joss Stone, Rick Ross and More

By Bill Chenevert
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Joss Stone

The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2

(S-Curve Records)

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.

 

Rick Ross

God Forgives, I Don’t

(Def Jam)

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.

 

Eastburn

Good Morning EP

(Self-released)

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.

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