Gospel Mix, Vol. 3
Even in 2009, for many listeners gospel music still evoked visions of old ladies in flower print dresses and big hats, or mass choirs stomping their feet after a fire-and-brimstone sermon. One listen to Gospel Mix, Vol. 3 reveals that modern religious artists are just as hip and vital as their secular counterparts. Zacardi Cortez's "I Wanna Praise You" employs a backing of Rihanna-style vocals and Snoop Dogg-esque squiggly synth lines, while Niyoki's "Joy" delivers a modern update of throbbing Donna Summer-style disco. Good-old-churchin' music is well represented, too, with Revive's organ-driven "On One Accord" and Darrell McFadden's Sam & Dave-channeling Stax revival "That's What He Did for Me."