Kan­dace Springs

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★★★★ Indigo BLUE NOTE. CD/DL/LP Prince protégé spreads her wings on breath­tak­ingly eclec­tic sec­ond al­bum.

AN AC­COM­PLISHED pi­anist with a sen­su­ous, smoky voice (Prince once said it could melt snow), Kan­dace Springs im­pressed with her 2016 de­but, Soul Eyes, which put a fresh twist on old-school R&B and jazz. Here, she adds a more con­tem­po­rary edge, thanks to col­lab­o­ra­tions with hip hop pro­ducer, Kar­riem Rig­gins, plus Amy Wine­house as­so­ciate Jimmy Hog­a­rth and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man co­hort, Jamie Hart­man. De­spite this, she doesn’t aban­don her in­her­ent soul­ful­ness and has pro­duced a well-bal­anced col­lec­tion of strong orig­i­nal songs in­ter­spersed with some choice cov­ers (in­clud­ing a su­perb up­date of The Stylis­tics’ Peo­ple Make The World Go Round). While Love Sucks (a slice of ’60s-style retro soul) and the bal­lad, Break­down, are catchy enough to at­tract a wider pop au­di­ence, Springs also of­fers sub­stan­tial emo­tional depth via the jazz-in­fused Un­so­phis­ti­cated and ex­otic Black Orchid.

Kan­dace Springs: she makes the world go round.

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