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12 October, 2002@12:00 am
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With the neo-soul movement at full blast, this female duo is hitting at the right time. Hailing from London, the pair has already penned hits for Bilal, Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis, even Michael Jackson.

“Floetic”, the lead-off single is a smash, but ultimately misleading. Natalie Stewart (the floacist) and Marsha Ambrosius (the songstress) are very in touch with their personal side and have no problems expressing it. The album is over flowing with smooth, chilled out melodies. They stay heavy on the singing and light on the rhyming. This is not taking anything away from the talent of the group, but if you’re expecting more songs like the current TRL-fav – don’t hold your breath. The lyrics are honest and heartfelt aimed to connect and relate to females. “Sunshine” will conjure up emotion as Marsha lets the world understand how she feels for Nat, almost in the way you think that she is dying. The soul and poetry fusion reaches its’ climax on “Headache”, where the story telling and the blues singing match up perfectly. More tales of make ups, break ups, lust and love round out the project. Their original demo version of “Butterflies” is an extra appreciated treat. Producers Andre “Dirty” Harris, Vidal Davis, Ivan “Orthodox” Barias, Darren “Limitless” Henson and Keith “Keshon” Pelzer flawlessly craft the most well-suited production you have heard in a long time.

Floetic is a solid album, but it is more of something you would sit down, relax to or maybe play on a rainy day. If you are looking for an album to bang in the ride or club, this is not it. This release is much deeper and more needed than that.

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