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Mar 15th 2003

Family unity - Kindred the Soul Family Kindred - The Family Soul - Rhythm of Life: (Hidden Beach/Sony)


It seems that whomever is from Philadelphia can't seem to miss nowadays. Prime example is newcomers Kindred - The Family Soul. The husband and wife team of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon (the latest act to head out of the Hidden Beach stable) has been setting the radio station phone lines across the land a fire with their underground smash 'Rhythm of Life'.

Philadelphia, the city of 'Brotherly Love' (as it's now to most), has been the mecca to such acclaimed R&B/soul singers and producers such as Gamble & Huff, Teddy Pendergrass, The Roots as well as newcomers Bilal, Aaries and the Aretha Franklin of the new generation Jill Scott and now you can add Kindred to the already impressive list as they prepare to take their place alongside the best of them.

The single I'm reviewing 'Rhythm of Life', has been floating about for around a year now on the underground circuit but never caught on at mainstram radio but that's about to change. Taken from 'Surrender to Love' (their debut set), this soothing and modern soul groover has the perfect heritage of soul, gospel and R&B going for it, with some jazz overtones thrown in for good measure. Starting off with a misty set of strings and keys, it moves into an infectous groove and Aja's sweet voice delivers as she then caresses the lyircs ever so gently.

Their debut album took almost 2 years to complete and finds it's way to record shelves come March 25th. There's been plenty of buzz and excitement generated from this album and can only wait to hear what the entire package has to offer. Definitely one to get - another TY-D Pick indeed. 

Listen to Kindred - The Family Soul's 'Rhythm of Life'






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