Kissey Asplund - Plethora (R2)
As expected, the debut longplayer from Swedish neo-soul Queen Kissey Asplund is a joy to the ears and features most of the tracks on her previous vinyl and MP3 outings. Tales of romantic entanglement feature heavily on this stunning debut, where Kissey’s weightless singing delivery is accompanied by sweetly spoken asides. French beatmeisters Papa Jazz have created sensuous off-kilter rhythm tracks that ache under the strain of Ms Asplund‘s vocals. The jazz doused soul-hop production work is a little samey, but this is not a heavy criticism as the songs are beautiful and repeat plays reveals subtle differences between the arrangements. Winners include Caos, where Kissey chokes back the tears over sax and sloth paced beats, the emotions churning Entrapped and a dreamy effort entitled Another Glass. Like many pleasurable experiences, Plethora has you begging for more the second that the album finishes.