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Love Sessions (EP) by Kuku

Over the past few years, a new genre has emerged bringing artist such as India Arie, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo into the spotlight. "NeoSoul’ is what it is called, a sound which brings together elements of passionate, vocals, stripped down acoustic sound, and bluesy flavor. American born Nigeria acoustic artist KUKU adds his debut EP LOVE SESSIONS to the growing scene, solely for the sake of categorizing.

KUKU’s debut EP LOVE SESSIONS is an acoustic guitar based project which smoothly compliments his rich, husky, sonorous, and soulful voice. To true music listener KUKU voice and sound is reminiscent of many of the greats, at the same time unmistakably original.

This is proven in the track "It’s Alright to Sing so Blue". A song of hope, confirming to the depressed that trouble times are temporary and life has the best in store.

Other tracks that showcase the full extent of KUKU's talent are "Sunrise in Bed" a sexy ballad that metaphorically expresses the act of making love without the explicit label that is common in todays urban music. "No Woman no Cry" is another one which might as well be the best of numerous remakes of the great Bob Marley classic. The Introduction tract "Love" lives up intro, here KUKU simply summarizes the essence of love in three verse and bridge with lines like ("Love is fearless, sometimes careless, sometimes love make you do some crazy thing. Love has no season sometimes no reason, like rain love will fall ready or not. Love.... "), "Call it Whatever" is undoubtedly the funniest songs on the EP. A song, which portrays KUKU’s as a geek who is convince an unwelcome crush initiated by him, will soon be a love affair.

If this EP doesn’t increase your appetite for what to come from KUKU, then music is really not your thing. If subsequent projects from the KUKU improves and follows on the format of "LOVE SESSIONS", I would say another musical prophet in the league of Bob and Stevie is born.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kuku
  • CD Title: Love Sessions (EP)
  • Genre: Folk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Musicians: KUKU (acoustic guitar and vocals), Alxei Tsybine (guitars, keyboads, piano, bass, instrument programming), Chris Mendelis (classical & acoustic guitar)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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