Kloud 9 -
Yearning 2 Love
a long road from walking the streets of London because you have to
make a choice between eating and taking the underground to landing
a record deal: but it's one these guys have trodden. Brothers
Kelvin and Kendall Duffie are Kloud 9 and listening to their
polished music it's easy to think that everything is fine with the
world. There trip to musical perfection shows us that even talent
has to work hard to achieve results and if that means going
without food to succeed, then so be it!
After years around the
Gospel circuit and some minor successes, it was the stay and
experiences in London that eventually introduced Kendall via famed
producer Ray Hayden to the man of high musical standards and head
honcho at Expansion records, Ralph Tee. Now, Expansion might not
be the world's biggest label, but they ooze quality and gave these
guys the rubber stamp to release their first album 'On Kloud 9'
throughout the soul fraternity and beyond the Kloud 9 debut
provided a solid foundation for their second more RnB infused
release 'Yearning 2 Love'
Full of classic tracks that
particularly with the opener 'Special One' convey a certain R.
Kelly old skool feel, this is one for the contender of album of
2005. Produced in their new studios at Nashville, these
brothers are experts at mixing real soul with light jazz and some
mature funk. The sublime and brass laden 'Just want to show
you love' is a real gem and perfect for those nights that just
happen to involve candelights and wine!
The production throughout is
strong and no more so than with the Incognito influenced and
produced 'So many reasons'. Without doubt the fastest track on the
album and one that could easily have some commercial success.
There is no doubt in my mind
that KLOUD 9 have great musical talent and this album will
more than satisfy the modern soul and smooth jazz crew.
Trouble is that with some decent promotion and investment it and
they could go to the next level.
What is it that separates
the likes of new guy on the block TREY SONGZ with a mega record
deal and some similar sounding tunes from these guys. The answer is
quite simply 'luck' or being in the right place at the right time.
Time, perhaps to walk those