Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Greyboy-Soul Mosaic

Greyboy returns after a three-year album hiatus with a "case study in beats, soul and funk," an appropriately clinical description as Soul Mosaic is indeed well-researched. As always, the beats are meticulously crafted, but he's collaborated with artists from around the globe for the first time to add new depth with full vocal tracks. A home renovator by hobby, Greyboy has "stripped back the musical layers," allowing space for the vocal performances to shine through. "Genevieve," a favorite amongst the Worldwide contingent, is simple: slow broken beats, stunning vocals, bass, and acoustic guitar. These mature, uncluttered arrangements coupled with stellar collaborations prove Soul Mosaic to be Greyboy's defining work. (CJN)

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