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Cole Williams, Out of the Basement/Out of the Box
ThatsMyWorldwide Records, May 1

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Mixing soccer-mom-soul/R&B with reggae seems like such a no-brainer that it’s kind of surprising there’s not a whole lot of it around. Another curveball about this girl is that, despite all the fashion-diva trappings she’s into (she’s done modeling for Suavv and Italian Vogue, as well as voiceover singing in commercials for CoverGirl and others), her music itself is mostly analog with just the right amount of trippy sounds added to flesh things out. She’s also unique in truly sounding like a ghetto Diana Ross rather than the latest two-bit Beyoncé wannabe — life in Brooklyn isn’t a never-ending Pixar cartoon done in Spike Lee pastels, and she conveys her real-world experiences by emoting depthless desire (“Little Me”) and torchy retro-’60s desperation (“Part 1”). Notable furthermore is the fact that this isn’t a one-off résumé-builder but a culmination of one earlier EP and some new stuff. A —Eric W. Saeger





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