My week just gone has been filled with the funk and disco of Shalamar and McFadden & Whitehead, and the classical romance of celebrated French chanteuse, Edith Piaf.
Queen Alone is the triumphant return of soultress Nicole Wray. Once the protégé of Missy Elliot, Wray is a singer whose talent has long gone unrecognised. Three years on from her collaboration with UK singer-songwriter Terri Walker, Lady – and 18 years since her last solo project, Make It Hot – Wray has come good yet again.
You can’t make a case for the classic soul album in 2015 without mentioning Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators. The Brooklyn-born singer and the Finnish soul purveyors have now released three studio albums together in the last 10 years. Their latest effort, Happiness in Every Style, is overflowing with luminous textures and smooth sounds that underscore this segment of music’s influence and its endless ability to enchant.