Much in the same fashion
as their band leader Sade,
Stuart Matthewman, Andrew
Hale and Paul S Denman,
the members of Sweetback
has taken close to eight years to follow up their critically acclaimed
self-titled debut and now that 'Stage
2' is here, the question one asked themselves is was
it worth the wait?
Well to answer that question
first you must look at the personal involved. There's different
musicians and singers on board this set than the debut album.
Gone are Bahamadia, Amel
Larrieux and Maxwell
who were not used here and are replaced with new voices in Aya,
Ivana Santilli, Mark
Anthony Thompson and Mecca
Lady Bug (once with the Digable
Planets) and although the main ingredients are there
the outcome can be seen as different depending on how you look
With that said the song I'm reviewing today is the catchy tribute
to what I call the 'Blue Eyed Soul' 'Love
is the Word'. The
song offers a collaboration of the pop and soul standard re-worked
with the magic of the beautiful voice of Singapore native Aya.
The song starts off with a soft orchestral strings intro with
Mecca Lady Bug offering the
opening statment as the song starts to get into its baseline groove,
it is then that Aya is introduced. Bobby
Caldwell's 'What you won't
do for Love' and Frankie Vali's
Grease are the sample of words
used as Aya's sensual voice lifts the nature of the tune with
pizzazz and grace.
herself is a story to be told. Born in Singapore but raised in
London she has been popping up on tracks for Blue
Six frontman Jay Denes
(who also heads the Naked Music
record label). She met Stuart Matthewman
in NYC where she now resides and the two exchanged phone numbers.
Soon afterwards they started to write tracks - (you can read more
about Aya in My
The album features one of
those songs 'Sing To Be Safe'.
All in all Aya is featured on five tracks including 'All
My Days With You' the house groover 'Round
And Round' and the stimulating ballad 'Lover'.
The album is available now
at a record shop or website near you (so to speak). You can also
purchase it on their website www.sweetback.com.
A TY-D Pick
indeed and one
not to be missed here.
Listen to Sweetback
is the Word'