Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Me on Georgia Anne Muldrow's new record in this week's Flavorpill:

There's certainly no shortage of R&B singer/producer collaborations. But when, at age 22, you construct your own Dilla-esque beats, handle vocals and production, and get signed as the first female to the esteemed Stones Throw label, you're onto something. Building on the acclaim of the Worthnothings EP, Georgia Anne Muldrow's debut full-length, Fragments of an Earth, features classically soulful singing with an occasional jazz-like cadence (her mother sang with Pharoah Sanders) and a modern production aesthetic rife with cut-up hip-hop twists and turns. Fragments' 21 tracks show remarkable variety — from the multi-tracked choral-style vocals, slap bass, and jerky, compressed beats of "Birds" to "West Coast Recycler," where she raps with authoritative flow over a modulating Hammond organ — the album is an eloquent and modern update of a classic sound. Jill Scott fans take note. (CJN)

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