Fatima Recalls 'Yellow Memories'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Getting to know about Fatima has been simple for the most part, as her collaborations with creative thinkers Eric Lau and Funkineven led me to pay close attention, but on Yellow Memories, her long-anticipated debut album, the Swedish-Senegalese singer-songwriter allows us to thumb more pages in the novel called herself. The first chapter consists of "Do Better", a glorious joint that glides on smooth brass chords and still feels to me like a misbegotten Blaxplotation film track. She keeps things going on vintage with the jazz-soul coyness of "Technology" and squishy quiet funk of "Circle". Continuing to cross creative boundaries, the Scoop Deville-produced, "Ridin' Round (Sky High)" is a punchy low ride of rhythm n' rhyme while the Latin swivel of "La Nesta" is easily the most intricate song of the bunch as its tempo changes lead you in all kinds of fun directions.

Delving further into Yellow Memories, Fatima is effective even when she's being a church mouse of reflection like on the super beautiful, "Underwater", and if it's confessional gospel you want then "Give Me My Name" highlights that among the quirky eclectic vibes present Fatima has a voice --- and she knows damn well how to use it. For the soundtrack to living the lush groove life, Fatima's Yellow Memories is one to cop, and you can do so by dropping by her Bandcamp spot and selecting the format you see fit.

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