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First Sessions / Heavy

Heavy - First Sessions

Kindred Spirits

If you were one of the enlightened ones to become captivated by the outstanding Heavy ep of 2004 then “First Sessions” is exactly what you’ve been missing. That five track ep merely scratched the surface of this talented duo and left us hungry for more. “First Sessions” expands on that music and also includes a few gems from the vaults of the Kindred Spirits label. The multiple musical skills of Casey Benjamin and the beautiful vocals of Nicky Guilland are in full bloom on familiar tracks like “Do for you” and “Just can’t get”. There is also the ode to Minnie Ripperton on the melodic “Wonderlove”, the original version as well as the Jazzanova remix. They equally shine on previously unreleased tracks like “Sez who sez me”, the Sesame street jingle never sounded so good. The aptly named “Summer Song” is so refreshing, the kind of feel good song that would brighten anyone’s somber mood. “I know my way” is a funky down-tempo gem with a wicked organ groove. If that’s not enough, there’s the Yam Who? Remix of “Do for you” and the DJ Spinna remix of “Just can’t get”. It would have been a crime to keep all this good music on the shelf. Kudos to Heavy and Kindred Spirits for sharing it with everyone.

Reg Dancy, 04/09