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Tuesday Reviewsday: Kelis, Sza and Asher Roth

'Rumble' from Kelis.
'Rumble' from Kelis.
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'Rumble' from Kelis.
"Fast Life" from RetroHash.
Asher Roth (via YouTube)

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It's time again for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week, music supervisor Morgan Rhodes is back with music, including some Future Soul.

Artist: Kelis
Album: Food
Songs: "Hooch," "Jerk Ribs"
Out of Harlem, NY, you might remember her for her hit song "Milkshake," 11 years ago. Since then, she's released several projects across many genres pop, electronic and R&B, but this time she's said that she returned to music this time out of love and not obligation. I think 'Food' gives Kelis a great opportunity to attract a new audience, while offering core fans an inside look at her range as an artist — an artist who is a chameleon.  Those that like rock infused soul and folk will love this album. 


Artist: Asher Roth
Album: RetroHash
Songs: "Parties At The Disco," "Tangerine Girl"
About five years ago, Asher Roth released the song "College," to much fan fare among the MTV crowd. The reception however wasn't great among rap fans, who felt that his music lacked authenticity. Roth is back and he's reworked everything. He's now on an indie label, instead of Motown, he's no longer in college and he's stopped rapping about how much he loves college. His second full length album is less hip hop and more singing, with a bit of an experimental sound than his first album. It adds a bit more authenticity to his character in my opinion. 

"Retro Hash" is not just an anagram, it feels like the theme of the album. It certainly has a laid back dreamy California vibe, very Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque and is an exploration of styles that ultimately I find very refreshing.


Artist: Sza
Album: Z
Songs: "Sweet November," "Julia"
Sza, from New Jersey, made the grand leap from indie artist to being the only female artist signed to heavy hitter, Top Dawg Entertainment, the home of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. She's part of the freshman class of indie artists who have been discovered and then sort of thrust into the mainstream, but have been able to maintain their independence creatively, stylistically. She also reflects the trend in soul to partner with an array of different genres, most recently with electronica. This album is gorgeous from start to finish. She's is one of the bright new faces to the alternative soul/future soul movement and this album proves that.