11 September 2006

Bembe


Bembe Segue is a bit of a force in the Broken Beat scene. She is most well known for lending vocals on the Bugz In The Attic breakout hit 'Booty La La' but she has worked with most in the field - the likes of Two Banks of Four, Mark De Clive-Lowe, Alex Attias & Kyoto Jazz Massive. I tend to fall in love with pretty much anything she is involved with.

Released only on 12", 'Afrospace' provides a typical workout for our girl. Switching styles effortlessly and building up layers of hypnotic vocals against a beautiful bed of percussion.

'Heaven' is taken from last years Tide's Arising by Mark De Clive-Lowe. As one of the few downtempo tracks on the album it's distinctive. Such a lovely piano-led soul track with a light groove to keep things ticking.

Bembe is currently busy working with Mark De Clive, again, on the collaborative project The Politik. Her MySpace page is also worth checking out, although details on a solo album are still not forthcoming.

Blakai Ft. Bembe Segue - Afrospace
Mark De Clive-Lowe - Heaven

2 comments:

Gavin said...

Nice post, REALLY liking that Heaven track. Can you recommend some more downtempo smoothies like it?

Paul said...

Hmm, well the MdcL album doesn't really have much else like it: It's pretty much an even split between soul, funk and brokenbeat. Still, it does remind me of a lot of Jill Scott so maybe thats worth looking into.