Hil St. Soul Copasetik & Cool
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- Released: February 24, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Shanachie
- 1.Copasetik & Cool - (featuring Roots Manuva)
- 2.All That (+ A Bag O' Chips) - (strings mix)
- 3.For the Love of You
- 5.What's Goin' Down?
- 8.Blue Tears
- 9.Mad Love
- 10.I've Got Me
- 11.Lonely Road
- 12.Think Again - (radio edit)
- 13.Reach as One
- 14.All That (+ A Bag O'Chips) - (Mustaq remix, featuring Iceberg Slimm)
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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
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