Stephanie McKay

Stephanie McKay

by Stephanie McKay
     
 

Stephanie McKay's self-titled EP makes for a quick summation of where the Bronx-born soul singer's been -- and where she's going. Comprising two tracks from her U.K. release McKay and two from her 2007 album, her Stateside debut, it hits all the bases. McKay, a studio veteran with a fruitful tenure in the '90s acid jazz movement (as the voice of Brooklyn FunkSee more details below

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Stephanie McKay's self-titled EP makes for a quick summation of where the Bronx-born soul singer's been -- and where she's going. Comprising two tracks from her U.K. release McKay and two from her 2007 album, her Stateside debut, it hits all the bases. McKay, a studio veteran with a fruitful tenure in the '90s acid jazz movement (as the voice of Brooklyn Funk Essentials) and alongside hip-hoppers such as Talib Kweli and Mos Def, hasn't abandoned that polymorphic approach. The EP makes her case with James Brown-inspired funk ("Tell It Like Is" echoes Vickie Anderson's "Message from the Soul Sisters"), reggae ("Take Me Over," a version of the '70s "Double Barrel" rhythm), and a house remix. "Money," from the U.S. album, invites comparisons to a ?love production, with a cappella polyrhythms, dub effects, and a hard hip-hop groove. With production from Portishead auteur Geoff Barrow on the earlier tracks, Stephanie McKay covers the bases: urban and urbane, deeply soulful and smartly funky, it whets the appetite for this gifted vocalist's next move.

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This self-titled EP is a teaser for Stephanie McKay's second full-length, following 2003's McKay -- an album that wasn't released in the States despite being terrific and featuring dynamic production from Portishead's Geoff Barrow (who hides behind the alias of Fuzzface). Since this disc is McKay's first U.S. release, Astralwerks takes the opportunity to pluck a couple choice tracks from that first album. Barrow's work here runs even closer to the approach of DJ Premier and Pete Rock, especially on the Henry Mancini-sampling "Rising Tide"; McKay showcases her ability to belt while soothing the ears at the same time. Lead track "Tell It Like It Is" is socially conscious without being overbearing, and though she's not saying anything profound, her supple voice -- as heard with Brooklyn Funk Essentials and on releases by Tricky and Soulive -- is too much of a delightful force to deny.

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Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0094637301524
catalogNumber:
73015

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