First found on collaborations with Tru Thoughts labelmates Quantic, and TM Juke, if you havenâ€™t heard Alice Russell yet you're missing out on one of the best singers around. Russellâ€™s singing is classically soulful, with vocal finesse rarely heard these days. Sheâ€™s a throwback to the era of fully-developed vocal talents like Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle, a singerâ€™s 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 havenâ€™t heard it yet. David Mancusoâ€™s Loft favorite â€œCould 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. â€œDonâ€™t 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 â€œI Love You More Than Youâ€™ll 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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