January 14, 2010

Maiko Watson - "Some Kinda Love"

A little bit funk, a touch disco, and a lot soul, Maiko Watson's Sweet Vibration is an astonishingly good debut from an artist who was previously best known for her part in Sugar Jones, a Canadian pop group spawned from a reality television show. The record—currently out on iTunes via indie label Labeame Records—moves around genres, from the aforementioned funk and disco to cheerful reggae ("Lookin' Up") and more experimental leanings like "Wise Up," which features a more vocally aggressive Watson sounding like fellow neo-funktress Nikka Costa. Sweet Vibration may not bring anything new to the world of soul, but what Watson lacks in vision she makes up for in talent and quality production.

Maiko Watson - "Some Kinda Love" (from Sweet Vibration)

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