Hil St. Soul includes: Hillary Mwelwa (vocals); Mushtaq, VRS (various instruments).
Additional personnel: Roots Manuva, Iceberg Slimm (rap vocals).
Recorded at Earth Lounge, Titanic, and Strong Room, London, England; Right Track Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Iceberg Slim, Iceburg Slim, Roots Manuva (rap vocals); Paul Powell (guitar); Lucy Wilkins, Howard Gott, Ruth Gottlieb, Dave "Soulfingers" Williams (violin); Sophie Sirota, Robert Spriggs (viola); Sara Wilson, Oliver Kraus (cello); Steve Hamilton (saxophone); Ben Edwards (trumpet); Michael Kearsey (trombone); Steve Corley (piano); Bishop Brad (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); VRS (keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Nasser Bouzida (drums); Ed Raso (programming); Hilary Mwelwa, Keeley Burton (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ed Raso; Darryl Lavictoire; Jonathan Quarmby; Kevin Bacon .
Recording information: Mush's Place; Strongroom Studios, London, England; The Earthlounge, London, England; Titanic Studios, London, England.
Photographer: Kristina Hasland.
Copasetik & Cool is another strong showing from Hilary Mwelwa, who remains one of the best contemporary R&B performers around right now. Anyone familiar with her voice will be pleased to hear more of the same; this means accomplished, non-showy vocals and well-rounded subject matter. As on Soul Organic, the arrangements backing her are well crafted and executed with skill -- with lush hip-hop, acoustic folk, uptown soul, and relatively gritty disco-funk all playing roles -- but they err on the side of over-politeness and occasionally lack oomph. The hourlong length can be draining as well, but when it comes down to it, Mwelwa and her partners have made a second enjoyable, multi-dimensional album. ~ Andy Kellman