After a sonic exploration via alter ego the Slakadeliqs and The Other Side of Tomorrow in 2012, musician/producer Slakah the Beatchild returns to a more soul-grounded approach with Soul Movement Vol. 2. Building off the album's 2008 predecessor — and to a certain extent his R&B-minded Something Forever album in 2011 — the new "experimental R&B" project sees Slakah deliver stronger vocals, stronger lyricism and a stronger sense of what he wants to accomplish.
Within the space of 13 tracks, Slakah hits the groove running with funky instrumental "Byram's Groove (Cut a Rug)," bobs with soulful hip-hop number "Stompthatflo" (featuring Spek Won) and weaves with "Adventure for 2," and scores with the mainstream-minded "Us Theory." Along the way, Glenn Lewis lends a collaborative hand with "Number 1," Tanika Charles stops by for "Love Fool" and Ayah makes an impression with "Keep Up."
Soul Movement is top rate on the production side of things, bearing Slakah's now-trademark "raw organix" sound that has yet to wear out its welcome. With Soul Movement, Slakah insists that mellow hip-hop joints like "Miscommunication" (featuring Spek One and Ian Kamau) or "Where's Yesterday" are close cousins to more soulful numbers like "Wanna Do," with pleasing results. Those looking for a straight-up R&B record from the genre-bending Slakah may come away disappointed, but those down with the movement have plenty of reasons to stick around.
Read a full interview with Slakah the Beatchild here. (BBE)