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Soul/Jazz // meta­mor­phiq­mu­

DUBAI MIGHT NOT BE THE MELT­ING POT IT QUITE CLAIMS to be but there’s no doubt it throws to­gether some very in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tions. And in Me­ta­mor­phiq, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bul­gar­ian pro­ducer Stoyan Stoy­anov AKA Storn and English Filipino singer/ song­writer Melisa Le Rue, the city has helped pair two mu­si­cal tal­ents bonded by a shared love of jazz and elec­tron­ica.

Storn claims Hans Zim­mer and Her­bie Han­cock as in­flu­ences, while Le Rue takes in­spi­ra­tion from Jobim and Jaz­zanova. And it’s the freeform Ger­man group that loom largest on this 14 track al­bum, as Melisa and Storn play off each other, with acid jazz riffs fir­ing into tin­kling keys and spo­ken word snip­pets.

‘ In Love With You’ and ‘ Here We Are’ leap off the al­bum, all samba rhythms and skit­tish drums, pro­pelled on­wards by Melisa’s time­less vo­cals. ‘ Medicine’ and ‘ Plas­tic Peo­ple’ are equally up- tempo, but with a far more mod­ern fin­ish – ‘ Medicine’ in par­tic­u­lar, with its Game­boy glitches and over- sat­u­rated bass is just call­ing out for a dance­floor re- work.

Else­where, there are lilt­ing pop songs (‘ Un­lucky One’), sun­shine funk (‘ Dif­fer­ent Kind of Day’) and ul­tra jazzy al­bum closer ‘ Watch­ing The Waves’ on this ex­cel­lent al­bum from two home­grown stars.

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