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What It Is / Sly5thAve

Sly5thAve - What It Is

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Multi-instrumentalist Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve first caught our attention with his orchestral tribute to Dr Dre entitled "The Invisible Man". With "What It Is" he draws inspiration from BKLN1834, a residence in Brooklyn that doubles as an incubator for young talent. He took part in a number of jam sessions there among a roster of emerging artists, some of whom make their presnce felt here. There's much to like here starting with the title track, an up-tempo tune laced with heavy beats and well placed synths. Rapper Scienze laces the track with sharp verses while Lexus closes the track with her smokey vocals. "The Night" is a slow burning tune that features his orchestral skills as well as the sultry vocals from Melissa McMillan. Singer songwriter Denitia's feathery vocals are sprinkled on four tracks here. Among those tunes are "C-Side", an edgy tune with a touch of electronica and pop while "With You" is a blissful finale to an impressive disc. Sly%thAve's versatility as an arranger is evident as he delivers a genre bending release that’s definitely worth checking out.

Reg Dancy, 12/20