Alice Russell is one of those under-appreciated talents that I have cherished for many, many years. Whether it is her work with Nostalgia 77 or her ground breaking funky collaborations with Quantic, she has always commanded my attention. Her new album To Dust provides new opportunities for old and new fans alike to fall in love with her sound.
The album is essentially a 14-course meal that elegantly delivers substance via solid production and those stalwart vocals that we have all come to know and love. These elements give the album a heavy feeling. Not heavy in the sense that it is dark and depressing, but rather it is deep, dense, and quite rich….like the finest of mahoganies.
My standout tracks are “4 A While”, “Twin Peaks”,“Drink Song Interlude” and “Citizens” (The latter two probably being the two absolute best back-to-back tracks I have heard on a soul/funk album in ages.)
Ms. Russell releases a US-Only version of To Dust on April 30 via Tru Thoughts, which will feature remixes from Let The Machines Do The Work and Typesun. She also kicks off her US To Dust Tour on May 3 (Tour dates found HERE)