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US3 - Say What

US3 Say What
US3 - Say What
(CD) self-released US3CD003, 2007-05-22

Tracklisting :
01. Say You Belong To Me
02. Man On Top
03. Abc(Listen Up)
04. Afrodisiac
05. I Don't Care
06. Vip(Can You Hear Me Now?)
07. Truth & Lies
08. Intoxicated
09. Day That I Died,The
10. How 'bout It Baby
11. If You Don't Know
12. I'll Be Right Back
13. Money On My Mind
14. Say You Belong To Me(12"Mix)*
*Japan-only bonus track

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Press Release :
With Us3's sixth album "Say What!?", producer Geoff Wilkinson pushes at the boundaries of hip-hop, jazz & R&B. Further developing the sound from last years critically acclaimed album Schizophonic, "Say What!?" again features US rappers Akil Dasan and Gaston alongside an amazing new discovery, 21-year-old R&B sensation Adeline.

Geoff explains, "I normally change the vocalists on every Us3 album but Akil & Gaston did such a great job on Schizophonic I wanted to develop it further. I think they've both stepped up a gear on Say What!?". The addition of Adeline has also added a new contemporary R&B twist to the Us3 sound. "I was absolutely knocked out when I first heard her voice," says Geoff, "A lot of contemporary R&B has moved to a more gritty funk & jazz influence (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Amerie, etc) and I was intrigued to go there with Us3."

As usual there's some killer musicianship on show, particularly from the horn players Ed Jones (sax) and Chris Storr (trumpet). Up-and-coming double bass wizard Phil Donkin lays down the grooves, and keyboard duties are taken by Mike Gorman, Barry Green, John Crawford and Ross Stanley (of Nostalgia 77). DJ First Rate also provides his totally unique turntable trickery.

The single "Say You Belong To Me" kicks off the album in truly raucous fashion. Bubbling bass, massive crunchy drums & stabbing horns underpin a fantastic vocal delivery from Adeline. Listen carefully to the clever lyrical dexterity of Akil on ABC as he runs through the alphabet from A to Z (and back!) with his rap (ie Akil Boldly Calculates Dope Elegant Flows, etc). Genius. Gaston turns up the heat in the bedroom on Afrodisiac, underpinned by lush strings and a swinging jazz break. One for the ladies indeed. VIP sees Akil & Adeline slamming the wannabes, and they're joined by Gaston on the moody jazz epic The Day That I Died, where all 3 get into character as they contemplate their last day on earth.


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