Kloud 9 - Yearning 2 Love
This new record of Soul and R&B duo
Kloud 9 definitely is one of the freshest releases in this genre during
the last months.
Kendall went to London, where he lived for almost two years just to get new creative impulses and built up new connections. There he met producer Ray Hayden, who introduced him to Incognito front man "Bluey", who is now also contributing to the latest release. After short meetings with several record labels, Kendall finally met Ralph Tee from Expansion Records, who released the sampler "Soul Stepp'n", on which the duo released its first song called "Make You Mine". Kirk Whalum, who was playing with them on this record, is now also featured on the new recording.
Their song became so successful, that they gained a record deal with Expansion and recorded their first full CD. Two years later their debut was released under the title "On Kloud 9" and became a great success in the UK soul charts in 2002. So now they present their sophomore release, called Yearning 2 Love and they definitely managed to create a soulish R&B quality record.
The album is a compilation of great love songs and danceable up-tempo tracks. It all starts with Special One and Never Knew, two fresh mid-tempo R&B tracks with a nice groove, which just brings the listener in the right mood. Mellow synthesizer-backgrounds together with the smooth and endearing falsetto vocals of the Duffie-brothers are just producing a perfect soul-vibe.
The next two numbers Dance Awhile and So Many Reasons are also great danceable tracks. While Dance A While comes along with a strong beat, So Many Reasons features Incognito front man "Bluey". He added some great guitar sequences and makes this song sound like a great mťlange of Kloud 9 and Incognito.
On the track Can't Be Love, Kloud 9 features Mitchell Jones on vocals, who is one of the original members of Gospel and R&B band "Commissioned". His voice fits perfectly in the vocal ambiance of the Duffies. Chosen as the current single, Can't Be Love just has been airplayed all around the U.S.A..
Another great track is the Jermaine
Jackson classic Don't Take It Personal, which features
Michael Fair on Flugel Horn and saxophonist Kirk Whalum, who performed
with nearly everybody from Bob James, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones to
The bluesy Just Another Day, introducing great singer Russell White and the very quiet Ready, Willing, Wanting round off an amazing Soul/R&B-recording. Kloud 9 producer and vocalist Kendall Duffie says: "To finally have our music heard in the States is what I've worked towards my entire life, I was born to make music, and after spending a few years building my chops overseas, I am glad the time has come to bring our brand of soul music back home."
Yearning 2 Love is the best proof, that his dream will come true!
1. Special One
2. Never Knew
3. Dance Awhile
4. So Many Reasons featuring Incognito
5. Gimme Gimme Gimme
6. Canít Be Love featuring Mitchell Jones
7. With Me
8. Isnít It Obvious
9. Quality Time
10. Wanna Show You Love
12. Yearning 2 Love
13. Donít Take it Personal featuring Kirk Whalum and Michael Fair
14. Just Another Day introducing Russell White
15. Ready Willing Wanting
Soulvibe Entertainment/Koch Records 2007
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