Beyonce: Renaissance (Colombia)
Verdict: Euphoric Dance Mix
Calvin Harris: Funk Wav Bounce Vol. 2 (Colombia)
Verdict: Melover Club Looks
Heather Smalls: Color My Life (Warner)
Verdict: Pop-Soul with an Orchestral Spin
Summer has arrived and the perfect time to dance… in the streets, kitchens, festival grounds and nightclubs.
Since the beginning of June, new albums from Drake, Lizzo and Mabel have come out with their sights firmly set on those disco mirrorballs. Now Beyonce is attending the post-lockdown party.
The last time the Texans released a solo album was six years ago, they gave a ‘visual’ collection that came with each track accompanied by a cinematic video. He described the record, Lemonade, as ‘a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing’.
There is no such preamble with the Renaissance. Music is on, although the release, certainly topping the charts today, was overshadowed this week by the controversy surrounding the heated song, which originally contained a fabled slur.
The track has since been re-recorded, adding hurtful language that Beyoncé’s publicist says was not used intentionally, though it’s notable given that no one in her camp saw the insult. That Lizzo re-cut one track, Grulls, for the same reason. two months ago.
Modifying the lyrics to Heated – and removing Energy, a different track from Kelis’ Milkshake, after criticism from the New York singer – should at least be the focus on the album.
Beyoncé releases her first solo album in six years, called Renaissance
The LP sleeve shows her in Lady Godiva posing atop a crystal horse, with strategically placed jewelry and her cascading locks to protect her modesty
Released without sending anything to critics in advance, it’s a spirited celebration of dance that sets Beyoncé’s melodious voice to a track that transcends 1970s disco, 1980s electronics, and 1990s house. Is.
She describes it as a record free of ‘perfectionism and over-thinking’, and it certainly allows her to let her hair down – literally on an LP sleeve that shows her in Lady Godiva atop a crystal horse. Her cascading locks are just strategically placed jewelry and her cascading locks to protect her modesty.
After making a name for herself with R&B trio Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has gotten more adventurous with each release and here are 16 tracks on the money in terms of music trends.
His cause, too, is helped by some of the smartest allies that money can buy. American producers Tricky Stewart and Terrius ‘The-Dream’ Nash contribute.
Cuff This chic is enhanced by Neil Rodgers’ guitars and R&B star Rafael Sadiq’s funky clavinet.
With the tracks colliding with each other, it’s an hour-long tornado that rewards full listening.
There was controversy over the heated song, which originally contained a pro-Subtle slang.
We open smoothly with the soul ballad I’m That Girl, before the album picks up pace: Alien takes Superstar Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy and retells it as a booty hymn of praise to Queen Bey. prepares from. She sings, ‘I’m too classy for this world… I’m too classy to be touched.’
A mellow middle section covers Church Girl and The Slinky Plastic Off the Sofa. The latter features R&B musician Sid Bennett of the L.A. band The Internet: Among the big names, there is a welcoming space for less familiar collaborators (plus a cameo from Bennett, UK producer Alexander Guy Cooke, who plays All Up In But Arty Electronics adds. Your idea). On the move, there’s also a furious rap battle between Beyoncé and Grace Jones, a clash of Titans that ends in a respectable draw.
Jones, in her autobiography I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, appeared to criticize Beyonce (as well as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Madonna) for being a “middle street”. Clearly the harmony between the two has been broken.
The new album largely avoids politics. Beyoncé claims that “no one can judge me, but me” on Church Girl, but her mission generally includes giving good cheer. ‘Pretty girls on the floor,’ she urges on Pure/Honey.
She ends by sampling Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, on a summer renaissance, a single that has inspired musicians ever since it inspired Simple Minds to tone down guitars and immerse themselves in 1980s electronics. agreed to.
Beyoncé’s take is very close to the comfort of a straight cover, but it exudes the enduring appeal of a club classic.
If you’re looking for a summer tonic from one of music’s biggest stars, she’s that girl.
Calvin Harris has released his new album Funk Wow Bounce Vol. 2, a sequel to his 2017 record
Calvin Harris can also be relied upon to swing any party. The Scottish musician and DJ has created hits with Rihanna (We Found Love), Dizzy Rascal (Dance Viv Me) and Rag’n’Bone Man (Giant), and he has joined stellar friends to sing and rap on other songs. Call it an impressive gallery. Volume of his Funk Wow Bounce series.
“Welcome to the place where people have a great time,” says laid-back rapper Snoop Dogg on Live My Best Life. The importance of a good groove stems from his career as a DJ.
As of early 2017 chapters, he generally eschews electronic rhythms in favor of organic guitar, drums and keyboards, falling back on the old-school funk of the 2007 debut I Created Disco. It’s the sound they made for their guests – and Dua Lipa, Stephlon Don, Halsey and Pharrell Williams are among those to benefit.
Lipa duets with US rapper Young Thug on Tuneful Potion, and Justin Timberlake reprises her mastery of song and dance on Stay With Me.
Jorja Smith adds jazzier notes on someone else, and former Fifth Harmony member Normani performs with Tinashe and Offset in the compelling New To You – a classy highlight.
Heather Small released her first album in more than 15 years, called Color My Life
As shown by the success of Pete Tong’s Classic House and Ibiza Classics albums, dance music also lends itself surprisingly well to the classical treatment. The latest vocalist to give a symphonic spin to her biggest songs is ex-M People vocalist Heather Smalls. Color My Life, her first album in 16 years, pairs her deep, pop-soul voice with that of the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
Small is a warm, pleasant presence, and the new arrangements (despite a few missteps) work well. How Can I Love You More is now more soulful, though the homely musical energy of the original has been lost, while Search for the Hero was an empowerment anthem before becoming a pop staple. Small’s career has stalled over the past decade. It may just be the sustenance she needs.
Heather Smalls plays at Soultown Festival, London on 3 September (soultownfestival.com).