★★★ Resistance BRAINFEEDER. CD/DL/LP Synth player to the stars makes solo debut.
A synth whiz whose credits include Kamasi Washington and Babyface, Brandon Coleman’s debut solo release is a self-described “funk odyssey”. It’s a suite of songs about humanity, yet Coleman sings through a talkbox that makes him sound like an amorous robot. The thing is, Coleman is such a fine songsmith and his productions so richly realised, the wall-to-wall cyber-vox distract from his bountiful gifts. A Letter To My Buggers possesses the ebullient bustle of Key Of Life-era Stevie, and album standout Love is so unabashedly romantic it makes Wonder sound like Crass. But it’s a protest song of sorts, a paean to love neither romantic nor platonic, but simply the antithesis of hate. It’s moving and resonant and, like much of Resistance, could only be improved by dialling down that incessant talkbox.