Just when you think you’ve got the measure of Terrace Martin, he surprises you yet again. The Los Angeles born musician and producer has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli and Robert Glasper, not to mention playing a major role in shaping Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Martin’s latest album, Velvet Portraits, is a stunning chameleon of a record with enough musical hues to match an Ikea colour chart.
Newcomer, Rose Gold, has caught my ear this week with her smouldering serenade, ‘Fever’. Taking cues from the Peggy Lee classic and The Door’s ‘Light My Fire’, this Baltimore singer raises the temperature with her vocals, electronically treated though they maybe, over a suave jazz rhythm. (*Tips fedora*) What a gal.