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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Amel Larrieux's Endless Neo-Soul Gifts

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

(Jazz Alley) Those following Questlove’s Instagram might have caught the best humblebrag #tbt ever a while back—namely, his senior prom photo with the forever-foxy Amel Larrieux on his arm. Before Baduizm, before the world quite knew Lauryn Hill, Larrieux’s group Groove Theory had a stone classic in the growing canon of what would soon come to be known as “neo-soul” with their 1995 hit “Tell Me”; Larrieux evoked the jazzy, sophisticated stylings of Vinia Mojica and the Brand New Heavies’ N’Dea Davenport more than, say, radio mavens Monica or Brandy. Since GT’s split, Larrieux’s simmering solo output, particularly 2004’s Bravebird, has (like Larrieux herself) been ageless, black excellence—the bulk of which has been released on Blisslife, the label she and her husband/collaborator Laru Larrieux founded; her smooth, honeyed vocals never lose a drop. Larrieux’s newest, Ice Cream Everyday, finds her daughter Sky among the session players—and word is that Groove Theory have reunited and are working on their official second LP.


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