METAMORPHIQ – HERE WE ARE
Soul/Jazz // metamorphiqmusic.com
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.