The Hol­ly­wood Record­ings Baby Grande

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Om’Mas Keith, Taz Arnold, and Shafiq Husayn are the Sa-Ra Creative Part­ners, the boys to call if you want to give your hip-hop cut or banger a touch of soul. Their col­lec­tive client list is a heavy-duty one count­ing Dr Dre, Juras­sic 5, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Com­mon and dozens more. What you get with Sa-Ra is a sound that is loose, cos­mic and suave, tip­ping the cap as much to vin­tage hip-hop’s bounce as to clas­sic soul’s sweet­ness. The Hol­ly­wood Record­ings sees them util­is­ing a bunch of fine vo­cal­ists and MCs (Erykah Badu and the mighty Ge­or­gia Anne Muldrow are out­stand­ing on Fly Away, while the late great J Dilla brings grit and star qual­ity to Thrilla) to make the most of their sul­try melodies and rhythms. It’s a com­bi­na­tion that en­sures that this is an album rich in psy­che­delic funk, boho soul and slow-mo­tion elec­tron­ica.­mu­

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