Sunday, 26 May 2019

Ursula Rucker ‎– Supa Sista (2001)

Style: Breaks, Downtempo, Experimental, Conscious
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Studio !K7

Tracklist:
01.   In Her Elizabeth
02.   Womansong
03.   7
04.   Letter To A Sister Friend
05.   What???
06.   Digichant
07.   Philadelphia Child
08.   Supa Sista
09.   Brown Boy
10.   Spring
11.   1 Million Ways To Burn
12.   Song For Billy

Long term, prime exponent of the New York Slam poetry scene, Ursula Rucker has spent the last seven years working with some of the finest downtempo outfits including Silent Poets and The Roots. Whilst her talents have embellished their work from 1994 onwards, it is former musical partners 4Hero, Alexkid and King Britt who have returned the gesture and collaborated with her on this beautiful fusion of hip hop, nu-jazz and soul. 
Inspired by the social commentary of black female writers Zora Neale Hurston and Sonia Sanchez, Ursula Rucker has made it her mission to elevate the mind of hip hop and purify the art form. Like her previous work Supa Sista fixes Ursula's attentions firmly on the issues of sexuality, technology, women's rights, politics, education, evolution and spirituality. 
Unlike so many working in the business she is an engaged woman who knows the true power of words. Levelling criticism at some of her male contemporaries for the effects that the violence and machismo in their lyrics has on the young, she purrs, "... formidable minds pay the price for your microphone mistakes. Change or be changed. Break the chains, don't be slaves". 
Lazy beats with sweet soul soaked in Rhodes piano and double bass punctuation provide a wonderful, musical contrast to the often gritty subject matter. "Philadelphia Child" combines the city's trademark strings with tabla percussion whilst "What???" extends the variety to subtle drum and bass rhythms all of which compliment Ursula's vocals. 
Charged with 'she-lectricity', hers is a silken delivery that, like Michael Franti's, demonstrates that a quiet word in the ear can speak volumes above the microphone rant. Ursula is one that would like to see hip hop become more responsible and more original. This is a woman who is both a poet and performer with important things to say and with her smoky, seductive lyricism it is all too easy to listen and absorb.
Andy Puleston / BBC Review

VA ‎– Best Of Acid Jazz (1996)

Style: House, Acid Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Garage House
Format: CD
Label: Global Television

Tracklist:
1.01.   Us3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
1.02.   Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy
1.03.   The Brand New Heavies -Midnight At The Oasis (Radio Version)
1.04.   Incognito - Everyday (Bluey's 7" Mix)
1.05.   Freak Power - Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out (Radio Mix)
1.06.   Spearhead - People In Tha Middle
1.07.   Des'ree - Feel So High
1.08.   Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
1.09.   Guru - Feel The Music
1.10.   Martine Girault - Been Thinking About You (Original Opaz Mix)
1.11.   Ronny Jordan - So What!
1.12.   Drizabone - Real Love (Nush Glamour Mix)
1.13.   The Brand New Heavies - Never Stop (Radio Edit)
1.14.   Urban Species - Spiritual Love (Natural 7")
1.15.   New Jersey Kings - Green Screen
1.16.   The James Taylor Quartet - Mission Impossible
1.17.   Omar - Keep Steppin'
1.18.   Vibraphonic - Heavy Vibes
1.19.   Leena Conquest & Hip Hop Finger - Boundaries (Radio Edit)
1.20.   Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Take The L Train (To 8th Avenue)
2.01.   Goldbug - Whole Lotta Love
2.02.   Young Disciples - Apparently Nothin' (Edit)
2.03.   Diana Brown & Barrie K Sharpe - Masterplan
2.04.   Corduroy - Something In My Eye
2.05.   Working Week - Venceremos
2.06.   Jhelisa - Whirl Keeps Turning (Radio Edit)
2.07.   The Brand New Heavies - Dream Come True
2.08.   D'Influence - Good Lover (Wow Original) (Dance Energy Edit)
2.09.   Repercussions - Promise Me Nothing (Album Version)
2.10.   Brooklyn Funk Essentials - The Creator Has A Masterplan
2.11.   D Note - Now Is The Time (Original Version)
2.12.   City Lix - Find Our Love
2.13.   Snowboy - 24 For Betty Page
2.14.   Corduroy - Follow That Arab
2.15.   This I Dig - Turn It All Around
2.16.   Xan - Watcha Gonna Do
2.17.   Groove Collective - Whatchugot
2.18.   TC 1992 - Funky Guitar (Sure Shot Deep Mix)
2.19.   Mother Earth - Jesse
2.20.   Carleen Anderson - Let It Last

Credits:
Concept By, Compiled By – Nic Moran