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International Affairs v2.0
     

International Affairs v2.0

by Vikter Duplaix
 
Philadelphia's Vikter Duplaix has been equally present in the contemporary R&B scene in the U.S. and the dance scene in the U.K., but he's been more visible in the latter, releasing the occasional 12" and contributing remixes and vocals to a small assortment of artists' releases. In the States, he's been more of a background figure, lending production, songwriting,

Overview

Philadelphia's Vikter Duplaix has been equally present in the contemporary R&B scene in the U.S. and the dance scene in the U.K., but he's been more visible in the latter, releasing the occasional 12" and contributing remixes and vocals to a small assortment of artists' releases. In the States, he's been more of a background figure, lending production, songwriting, and instrumentation to records by Musiq, Jaguar Wright, Erykah Badu, and King Britt. His full-length debut is just as eclectic as you'd expect, and even more so -- and that's the only thing that makes it less than phenomenal. Duplaix is clearly a jack of all trades, but he's only a master of some, too anxious to show of his eclecticism. For instance, an identikit Latin track written with Bebel Gilberto sticks out like a sore thumb, and its vocal hook goes, "She's a tropical girl living in a digital world." After removing that and a couple of B-moments, there's a great 40-minute LP -- one of the better neo-soul records of 2002/2003. The tracks produced with 4hero's Marc Mac -- the exquisitely crafted "Lust for Life" and the smoldering "Looking for Love" (insert Eddie Murphy joke here) -- are definite high points, incorporating subtle inflections of the broken beat style pioneered by Mac's group. Most of the remainder is produced with frequent studio partner James Poyser; a good balance is struck between energetic, beat-heavy grooves ("What We Want") and more laid-back fare ("I Got You"), while some songs were obviously conceived with baby-making in mind ("Desperately"). Duplaix possesses one of those smooth voices that slides down the throat like meringue; you'll either get enough after five minutes or want to listen to it all day and all night. Here's hoping International Affairs isn't the last listeners hear from him in a solo capacity. He's got too much talent to remain in the shadows. [The album was released in the U.S. in early 2003 as International Affairs v2.0, with a slightly different track listing compared to International Affairs v1.0.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616238122
catalogNumber:
162381

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vikter Duplaix   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Christopher Farr   Saxophone
Jef Lee Johnson   Guitar
Jean Norris   Vocals
Pino Palladino   Electric Bass
James Poyser   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Anthony Bell   Keyboards
Francesco Romano   Rhythm Guitar
Noura   Vocals
Isaac Phillips   Guitar
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Bebel Gilberto   Composer,Creation
James Poyser   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing,Atmosphere,Creation
Craig White   Engineer
Tim Day   Engineer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Creation
Steve Mandel   Engineer
Wally Bass   Engineer
Vikter Duplaix   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Marc Mac   Producer
Brad Somatik   Engineer
Ryan Moys   Engineer
Carlos Bedoya   Engineer
Tayyib Smith   Atmosphere
Chauncey Childs   Executive Producer
Ian Cross   Engineer

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