I knew I loved this voice the first time I heard it melding irresistible soul sounds with funky, bass-driven grooves from this guy and DJ Joker. They produced some very catchy dance tracks together and although Jessie's vocals were both powerful and prominent, she was clearly not meant to settle for the role of guest vocalist. Thank goodness - her solo effort proves she is capable of so much more.
Released just this month, Devotion is already topping the charts and garnering rave reviews - including repeated reference to the timeless sound of Sade. While I think that's great - I mean who can't appreciate Sade, I also think it's a limited view.
To me this album is a little bit retro and very modern at once - like the cover track here with Sampha. It's the kind of music that washes over you like a warm, ocean breeze. Effortlessly spanning the sounds of the 70's, 80's, 90's right up to today with the perfect blend of soul, R & B, dance and sultry ballads.
The best part? The remixes are already rolling in and sure to be better than the original - which is saying something.