|4.5 out of 5 (by HM)|
|Kevin Aviance - Box of Chocolates
Released on Francois Ks new Wave Music, Kevin Aviances Box of Chocolates is a clear indication that we should expect new and innovative things coming out of this new label. Box of Chocolates is the debut album from Kevin and couldnt be more appropriately titled. Each and every track is different. While some songs are surprising delights, others you want to put back after biting into them, much like a box of chocolates. Kidding aside, the team that put this album together should be very proud in the fact that they have created something entirely new.
Fanfare provides us with a dramatic intro to track #2 Din Da Da which is a huge funk tribal number featuring explosive vocal dubs Kevin. Were not sure what the song is about, but the production is snappy and club ready. The funk syncopated The Need follows and is more of a down tempo retro track. Track #4 Chocolates returns us to left of center with its underground inspired beats. Kevin and I feel the same way about chocolate, so I relate.
#5 Do You Know Me was written and produced by none other than Joi Cardwell and
is a great house inspired track that is club primed. Track #6 Dance For Love
is Kevins let your hair down and dance track and is already charting here in South
Florida. The song has a great funk inspired groove that allows Kevin to show his softer
more melodic side. The most outstanding aspect of this track is the live musicians who
perform on it. There is very little programming (if any) on this one.
Track #7 Everyday is a cute lament about the daily grind; Everyday the same old story Track #8 The Beats also has that live musician feel and once again brings us to a place that only Kevin can. Track #9 Cunty was not well received by our Go Go Twinns, but allows Kevin to cover yet another base. Apparently Strictly Rhythm originally released Cunty back in 1996.
Track #10 The Robots is pure underground dub work and should appeal to most DJs. Track #11 Join In The Chant is next and is produced by Twisted Americas Superchumbo. The track is severe, but works. Track #12 Rhythm is My Bitch is Kevins signature debut single from Box of Chocolates and is by far our favorite track. (SEE REVIEW OF REMIXES)
Track #13 Tonight is a hip hop inspired track that seems to borrow the lyrics baby take the time, take the time, do it right. Taana Gardner serves the other half of the duet up. And finally, track #14 Home is a total departure into ballad land and shows us yet another side of Kevin.
Truly eclectic and original, Box of Chocolates should be commended for going out on a limb and doing their own thing. There is something for everyone in this box of chocolates!
Rhythm is My Bitch is available on Wave Music
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