The UK mecca
of urban soul acts strikes again with another fantastic group
making a name for themselves in the form of Venus
Tribe. Much in the same light as fellow British act
Urban Vibe, Venus
Tribe is fronted by the strong female
lead vocalist in Diane Joseph
(who was formally with the group Truce)
as well as the up and coming DJ/producer extraordinaire DJ
Dodge (who is a resident on MTV UK's Lick).
The other members are Bishop Brad
(keyboards) who's worked with Mary J.
and Shaun Escoffery, Jonathan
Shorten (producer/writer - Gabriel)
and Karl Vandenbosch (percussion
on review here Slow Down truly
solidifies the term 'modern soul' for it's fresh and honest approach
to the soul and R&B arena. Armed with a smoothed out and thoroughly
thumping bass line, keys and hand claps throughout, it borrows
the hook from Brand Nubian's
track of the same name, but the production is crisp and most definitely
on the money in my books. Diane's voice is potent, bright, sophisticated
and dare I say addictive as she sings the song with extreme precision
(the words on paper just doesn't stand a chance once she gets
a hold of them).
into the remix dept as well and has done remixes on Rhianna
'Oh Baby' joint
is getting massive radio and internet play in Europe (especially
in their native UK) and hopes to find the same degree of merit
on these shores as well. There is no album in the works as of
yet but there is a follow up single called 'Better
Things' that's on it's way very soon.
This one gets
my 'highest recommendation' for your listening ear...
an absolutely must have in your music library. A
Listen to Venus