Bear with me here. This is my first introduction to the Duffie brothers, aka Kloud 9. A sound this mighty and fluid surely has been recognized by others before me. In fact, these guys have a couple of previous releases, which I will surely grab if they’re anything like this latest project! Not a bad track in the bunch. From that mellow, sauntering souldance vibe on "Special One" and "Never Knew" to sultry let’s-join-souls tunes like "Can’t Be Love" to tunes like "Dance Awhile" and "So Many Reasons," both moving, shaking, get-your-jam-on cuts, these guys know and have what it takes. Silky, smooth, effective falsetto vocals reminiscent of Ronald Isley or Phil Perry lead the way on many tracks. Even a little George Duke vibe comes through on "Gimme Gimme Gimme." The superb rhythm section also enhances the whole product with solid support.
As mentioned/implied above, the album jumps off with some of that easily recognized, easily felt, satiny meltdown R&B/smooth jazz. "Special One" immediately became one of my favorites. The guys manage to combine great soulful, effortlessly gliding vocals with catchy choruses and verses. This duo also gets quality help from heavyweights Kirk Whalum and Incognito. The whole lot must have enjoyed working together immensely! You can certainly hear that.
Several of these tunes are just ideally made for major radio station airplay. Maybe they’re already being played there! I’m just a newbie where these guys are concerned, but, boy, am I glad that I am now acquainted with them. Of course, my question to those stations that don’t play this magnificent display of talent (but do know of them) is: Why not?? The R&B-jazz marriage seldom gets better than this. The album is a generous one in every way, from quality compositions to the number of selections you get with this project (15 in all). Definitely worth your while.