Delphine - Blue Soul (Tuff Gong/BS World/Quart De Lune)

The fact a musical career can have its twists and turns, is proven by Delphine. Back in 2011 the French singer from Migennes, a small village in Burgundy, was at the verge of signing a contract with one of the major labels, but because didn't feel like becoming the next preformatted pop princess, Delphine decided to follow her heart. She then became active as a backing vocalist for Burkinabe reggae artist Marcel Suwari and as a singer with the 57 Roots Band. Three members of that last band still accompany Delphine today. Not much later she ran into Moselle-born Tony Nephtali; an encounter that would lead to a fruitful cooperation. The duo regularly performed together until 2014, sometimes backed by the Hotta Faya Band, but in the end Delphine still decided to focus all her energy on a solo career. 'Blue Soul' was in part recorded in France, but Delphine also took to the Metropolis Studio in London, and large parts of the album were recorded at Tuff Gong Studio and Penthouse Records in Jamaica. The result is an excellent album on which Delphine perfectly manages to balance reggae and soul. For some reason, the intro of 'Waiting For The Sun' reminded us of Guns N' Roses' 'November Rain', and 'Sunshine' might just as well have been the new Jamiroquai or The Brand New Heavies single. Where the more reggae-flavored songs on 'Blue Soul' are concerned, the riddim of 'Winning Races' somewhat reminded yours truly of Tiken Jah Fakoly's 'Justice', in opener 'Music' Delphine expresses her love for music, but the most infectious song on 'Blue Soul' is 'All Around' (with 'Love From Heart' as a close second). French top talent!


Added: Mar 2, 2017