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)