Jam of the Week: Speech Debelle – Running

speech_debelle_breathe_ep_1200x675Corynne Elliot is Speech Debelle, a singer and spoken word artist from London. At the time of writing, I have only heard a handful of songs from this innovative wordsmith and winner of the 2009 Mercury Prize.

Since winning the auspicious British music award, Speech Debelle has repeatedly been discussed in a negative manner as an example of a recent artist who has not gone on to huge commercial success. In other words, favourable commentary about her is difficult to find – in the main, at least – unless you seek it out. That’s hardly fair. Especially because Speech Debelle is an artist of serious poise and verve, as this week’s chosen jam demonstrates. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Alicia Keys – In Common

Alicia Keys - In Common (1050x590)US R&B singer and pianist, Alicia Keys, has long delivered soulful grooves that move your hips as well as your heart. After taking things in a more straight-laced direction with her last album, Girl on Fire, she’s returned with a song steeped in tropical flavour. Continue reading