Demonstrating his versatility and vocal depth, Johnson has been on tour in support of the album, sharing stages with music superstars such as Erykah Badu, Manu Katché, Meshell Ndegeocello and Erik Truffaz.Released in the US in May, the album resonates the beloved 70s Motown sound, replete with funk and jazz inflections, and features a stellar crew including powerhouse jazz/rock drummer Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz), legendary bassist TM Stevens (Miles Davis, James Brown), guitarist Sherrod Barnes (Roberta Flack) and Soulive’s guitarist and keyboardist Eric Krasno and Neil Evans, with a guest appearance by Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo.
They're songs are uncatchy, boring, uninspired, and forgettable.
I wanted to explain this a little more If she were to do another R&B album,no one would be surprised. The only way for her to stand out and create a big stir is to do something entirely unexpected.
Watch Sly Johnson & his band at the Montreal Jazz Festival (Courtesy of sorties ) The crowd was captivated by his immense creativity, visibly enjoying his dynamic, charismaticpresence, the diverse colorings of his voice, and the intimate, interactive vibe.
The following day Sly and I sat down for an interview, shedding light on his early beginnings, his musical influences and future plans. My friend Ayo was one of the first people who told me, ‘Sly, you’re a very good MC, a very good beatboxer, but you’re not only that; you’re a singer.
Jay Newland (Norah Jones) produced, and “Philly Sound” arranger Larry Gold (The Roots, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu) expertly arranged strings and horns on several tracks.
The bulk of the material on was written by Johnson.To take it even further,she should title the album 'Middle Finger' Her way of saying "F you" to the haters. I've always said when black folks do rock n' roll, there's something different about it.Not folks like Jimi Hendrix or Living Color whatever, but when an R&B or black pop group does a rock song, most times it's just off the hook.More melody- than beat-driven, it showcases not only his strong, soulful vocals but also his songwriting skills.The album opens with “Slaave 2” (borrowing from Grace Jones’ “Slave to the Rhythm”); Slum Village share lead vocals with Johnson, the track’s sparse, catchy beat enhanced by his signature beatboxing and scratches.The last track on the album – “” (the date of your birth) – features very personal spoken word in French.