★★★★ 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.