Returning with her first release for 2014 the divine chanteuse that is Princess Freesia now gives us her new EP ‘Fateful Attraction’, which is, once again, masterfully produced by her long-standing collaborator Soulpersona and presented by R&B Moguls. It is sure to inflame her ever-ascending star into further luminescence.
As is eagerly hoped for and gladly fulfilled upon the first listen, Princess Freesia’s own musical influences shine through, as is her mark. A musical connoisseur enriched by the influences of Rare Groove, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Fusion et al, she describes her musical tastes as “anything with sexy Rhodes, warm analogue drum sounds, a wubby bass line, etheric synthaholics and kitten purring vocals…”. As ever then, the music here holds an undeniable and graceful touch of the most delicious classic grooves, though just because Princess Freesia is clearly inspired from yester-year in her music this doesn’t make her some retro copycat. There may well be touches reminiscent of earlier decades, but her delectable voice alone claims these tunes as totally today.
This EP is a journey into that eternal experience of yearning love and desire, as the brief to “write something heartfelt about the longing, pining, heartache kind of love” so directed her to. She has channelled such emotions “as delivered by some of my favourite female vocalists from back in the day such as Teena Marie, Marlena Shaw, Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill, Angela Winbush etc…” In short, she’s keeping the finest sounds very much alive, with a fresh Freesian touch.
As was so ecstatically established in previous EP releases ‘The Hoxxy Demos’ and ‘The Lapdancer’ and follow-up album ‘The Rainbow Ride’, her music sees her stand undeniably unique and incomparable. Those distinctive and delicious vocals aside, she also delivers consistently strong with her accomplished lyrics, which are richly coloured with the finest floridity that engages from the off and pulls one ever further in.
Once again Princess Freesia shows her sublime ability to present a collection of tracks that incite a desire to take a sultry walk upon the streets, groove upon the floor, or else to set the mercury rising between the sheets: ‘Do it Baby’ and the more imploring ‘I Won’t Forget’ here confirming the latter there most assuredly. ‘Missing Love’ is hauntingly beautiful, a true classic with the musical backing and the way it really allows for her vocals to soar on high reminiscent of the late, great Roberta Flack.
This is not simply a soundtrack to seduction or sorrow-tinged hearts however, with tracks such as ”I Am Still Young’ calling upon love as a sort of prophetic self-empowerment. As such, they are very fine words to finish here with: “I’ll take it higher, I will inspire, I will take it further than you ever wanted to believe it, I will solve the mysteries of what is wrong and what is needed. Never underestimate the power of a single person – Little things become the biggest power for the every person.”
‘Fateful Attraction’ is available on i tunes; click here for a taster.