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Friday, Apr 14 2017 | 06:20
Image: 1608906 Moniquea established herself as one of the foremost female artists
in the modern funk scene with her 2014 MoFunk Records debut
album Yes No Maybe. For her followup, she continues exploring and
expanding upon the boogie/modern soul sound of her debut, and at
the same time, ventures bravely into a new sound inspired by the
new wave and synthpop sounds of the 80’s. Thus, the album title:
Blackwavefunk.
Listening to Blackwavefunk feels like sweeping across a spectrum
of sounds and feels. The lead single, “Checkin’ Out,” channels the
‘street funk’ sound that Moniquea’s native California is known for,
while “I Just Don’t Know” slows the pace and mood to offer up one
of the few true downtempo love songs of the genre. “When You Are
Away,” “Make You Feel My Love” (feat. Brian Ellis) and “Why Can’t
You See” offer sleek, sexy modern soul soundscapes while the
Turquoise Summers-produced “Knew It” thumps with a menacing
g-funk bounce. Finally, the wave in Blackwavefunk reveals itself
on the eccentric “Check Your Sources,” an anthem about sordid
speculation and grievous gossip, over a musical backdrop that
sounds like 1999-era Prince and DPG somehow achieved perfect
sonic fusion. The album’s closer, “Famous,” takes it further and gives
a glimpse of what it might sound like if Bernie Worrell played synth
basslines for OMD or Pet Shop Boys.

1. Checkin’ Out
2. Knew It
3. When You Are Away
4. I Just Don’t Know
5. Check Your Sources
6. Make You Feel My Love (feat. Brian Ellis)
7. Why Can’t You See
8. Famous

• Production from XL Middleton and Turquoise Summers
• Featuring Brian Ellis Available from 23.06.2017
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