Fast And Curious

by Sy Smith

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The reviews are in! Here's what critics have to say:

"For all you gym rats looking for that motivating “Get your life!” workout mix of the Spring season, well…look no further; Sy Smith and Mark de Clive-Lowe deliver the goods in their new collaboration, Fast & Curious. An ode to those nasty ‘80s girl groups and performers who soundtracked the roller rink and the discotheque in the age of shell-tops and Jheri curls, Fast mines the best of that era’s production techniques and rhythmic influences and combines them with the best of what’s happening in contemporary acid jazz and electrosoul. The results are a delectable mix of futuristic sounds, sinewy vocals, and enough percussion to lift the feet of even the most lumbering treadmill warrior...

Easily the best release by a female solo artist this year to-date, Sy Smith raises her stock creatively and commercially with an album that keeps 2012 hitting a winning streak, joining Robert Glasper’s Black Radio, Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, Gregory Porter’s Be Good, Bernhoft & KORK’s Walk With Me, The Slakadeliq’s The Other Side of Tomorrow and several #winning others in supplying some of the best hybrid soul, jazz, R&B, blues and electronica that we’ve heard in an age. Congratulations, Mrs. Smith on making us sweat and smile our way into the new year. Highly Recommended." (L. Michael Gipson, Soultracks.com)

"Fast and Curious is a worthy addition to Sy Smith's catalog. By mining the sounds of the '80s, Sy and Mark de Clive-Lowe have found a sound that feels at once modern and timeless. If you're a fan of Sy, or just fun music in general, you'd do yourself a disservice if you didn't check this one out." (D-Money, Soulbounce.com)

"Starting with the ’80s tinged title track, this album moves along effortlessly with the boogie in mind. From the futuristic acid jazz groove of tunes like “Personal Paradise” and “Find My Way,” the future soul of “Ooh To My Aah” and “Teena” (her tribute to Lady T) to the boogie-rific covers of the Rah Band’s “Messages From The Stars” and Billy Oceans “Nights (Feel Like Gettin’ Down), which is a duet with Rahsaan Patterson, this album is a true winner. " (Duane Powell, KevinNottingham.com)

"The album bristles with excitement from the very first note – and Smith's singing has this wickedly spacious quality – all the depth of soul we've loved from the start, but a new sense of power that slides in perfectly with the crackling rhythms and jazzy keyboards from De Clive-Lowe." (Dusty Groove Records, DustyGroove.com)

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released 06 March 2012

Album Credits:
All instruments and production by Mark de Clive-Lowe. In addition, “Teena” features Grant W. Nicholas on trumpet (and horn arranging) and Ed Mowat on guitar. Instrument mixing by Toni Economides.

All vocals and vocal arrangements/production by Sy Smith. In addition “Nights” features Rahsaan Patterson on leads and additional BGVs.

All vocals and horns were recorded and mixed by Grant W. Nicholas at G-Nick Studio in Winnetka and North Hollywood, CA.

Photo Credits:
Photography: Mike Quain - Make-up/Wardrobe: Sy Smith - Hair: Sir Tony - Production Assistant: Chadd Hardy

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Track Name: The Fast And The Curious
He took just one single look
By the time he turned his head, she was long gone
Just at that point of frustration, he found a message on his phone
She had him at hello, and then he followed her seduction to a path of self-destruction
And when she said good-bye while looking right into his eyes, that’s when his habits ran amok and he nearly died
She’s so fast

The fast and the curious, they live for the day
They don’t follow rules and they don’t care what you say
The fast and the curious, they love for the fun
They wine & dine ya, sixty nine, play with ya mind
And then they move on
The fast and the curious, they live for the day
They don’t follow rules and they don’t care what you say
The fast and the curious, they love for the fun
They’ll wine & dine ya, sixty nine, play with ya mind
And then they move on to another one

He just can’t get it together to save his own life, he’s a mess
He blames it all on Miss Demeanor, Says she causes his obsession
She never meant to keep him, now she’s looking to delete him, it makes moving on just that easy
She thinks she’s done no wrong, her love’s like a Deceptacon, she’s incapable of empathy, yeah
She’s so fast.

He’s on a downward spiral
She’s on the climb
Then they meet in the middle
She sees his potential
She goes in for the kill, then she leaves it all behind
She’s that fast
Track Name: Truth
Take the time, gotta get the lot of you out of my mind
I can’t wait to see what a little freedom will do to me
Love letters leave paper trails
Had me running in circles, chasing my tail
I gotta move it on, you tickled all my fancies and left for gone
 
Oh! Take the time to change my point of view
Doesn’t matter, I’ll always see you
Broken hearts to me are nothing new
Oh! Finally got the strength to break through
And free myself from everything that’s you
And give myself the chance to live in truth 

You are a piece of work
A psychedelic love affair gone berserk
Drove me crazy
I border on the edge of insanity
I gotta re-up on my groove
I gather all my thoughts and make a move
Find a shooting star
And wish upon him twice to fix my heart

I’ve lived in so many places
Denial and Chaos to name two states
Can’t cover my head with just any roof
I’ve got to surrender to facts and move in with truth

I’m breaking through
I’m free from you
I’m living in truth
Track Name: Personal Paradise
Spending time with you is something that I’d call divine
Intervening with my tendencies I leave behind
I no longer seek salvation of external kind
‘Cos when I’m not with you, I can see you deep in my mind
It’s like poppy fields and windmills and a baby’s breath
It’s like when I feel your tender kisses on my chest
It’s like always knowing that you’re never second best
It’s like taking your time when everything is so express

This is paradise, personal paradise
I found my paradise, personal paradise

You never can receive it if you never give it away
You never will believe it if you never trust it one day

Exploration of my pressure points of no return
You discovered my ability to love and learn
Now I’m here to love you freely with little concern
‘Cos your passion’s like a fire that I live to burn
It’s like poppy’s field and windmills and a baby’s breath
It’s like when I feel your tender kisses on my chest
It’s like always knowing that you’re never second best
It’s like privacy when everybody wants access
Track Name: Find My Way
Be still my heartbeat
Or betray my dancing eyes
Your soul possesses
To the point that I stand hypnotized so,
And relentless
Just the thought of you takes me away
I’m so defenseless
I hold on to each word that you say

I’ll find my way to you
Sure as the sky is blue
I’ll find my way to you
Find my way to you

Keep my love closer
So I don’t get lost in the surreal
My dreams are posers
Compared to how I feel
Track Name: Nights (Feel Like Gettin' Down)
Ooh, I'm on fire, the night has just begun
And my only desire is to have myself some fun
I've got money, but nobody, No one to call my own
Feel so lonely, I’m tired, tired of being alone

I'm heading for the city lights
Dance away the blues all night
Going to a place I know, Where the party people go
One of them nights, One them nights, you feel like getting down

Oh, life is for living, I'm gonna have it all
Gonna check out, see what's happenin'
And have myself a ball, gonna step out, Step on out, step into a groove
Gotta bring out this fire, there's no time to lose

Neon citylights, showing me the way,
Take me to the heights, gonna burn all night til' the break of day
Track Name: Let The Rain Fall Down
I am that mythical black woman we’ve all come to know and love
But I ain’t this life
Sometimes I just wanna lean on crutches and let my weakness take over me
Sometimes I just wanna be free
And let it all fall down on me
And know that somebody will cover me when I’m needin’, when I’m bleedin’, when I’m out of bounds
Sometimes I just need to know when I’m going out my mind,
True love will find me...

So let the rain fall down down
Let the rain fall down down
Wash away my pain
Watch it float away
Let the rain fall down down

I am that typical rich lady that we all just love to hate
But I’ve got my problems and poppin’ pills just will not solve them
But when I’m needin’, I’m bleedin’, when I’m out of bounds
Sometimes I just need to know
When i’m blowing out my mind,
Blue doves will find me...
Track Name: Teena (Lovergirl Syberized)
When the push come to shove and you need a little love...

Coffee, tea or me baby, touche olé
My opening line might be a bit passé but
Don’t think that I don’t know what I’m feeling for you
Cuz I got a vibe on you the first time that I saw you
I need your love and I won’t bring no pain
A little birdie told me that you feel the same
I’m on the real, and for you I’m true blue
Let’s make a deal sugar, all I wanna do is

I just wanna be your lovergirl

Hook, line and sinker baby, that’s how you caught me
My second verse might be a bit old hat
Don’t think that I don’t know what it’s doin’ to me
Cuz I caught a vibe the first time you saw thru me
I need your love and I won’t bring no pain
A little birdie told me that you feel the same
I’m on the real, and for you I’m true blue
Let’s make a deal sugar, all I wanna do is
Track Name: The Ooh To My Aah
You’re the habit that I never want to break
The addiction that I could not bear to shake
You are my never-ending cycle of despair
You are the risk I take, my sexy double-dare
You’re the ceiling when I reach my utmost high
You’re the feeling that tingles between my thighs
You’re the drama in this life’s most primal act
And your flame made me a pyromaniac

You’re the oooooh to my aaaah

I’ll never be able to explain or contain myself from you
And all the beautiful mysteries of this affair were so long overdue
I’d do this risky dance with you any time our song, by chance, plays
And I will love you, without caution, for all my days

You’re the fault causing my inner core to shake
You’re the highest that I’ll ever play my stakes
You are the love that I never thought I’d make
And the dream I have when sleeping and awake
You’re the wish that I once made upon a star
You’re the glisten on my skin seen in the dark
You are the satisfaction every lady longs for
You are unlimited when all I want is more and more and more and more
Track Name: The Primacy Effect
It’s the primacy effect
Our souls combine to form a future perfect
It’s the primacy effect
Destiny defined in the first moments

I remember the first smile
The first “look away”
The first hello
And then we danced the night away

Take me back to the first time
I want to remember it like it was yesterday
take me back to the first time
that was so tender I thought that I would melt away

I remember the first call
The first official date
The first goodbye
The first time we could not wait
I remember the first denial
The first admission to myself
The first time letting go and leavin’ it on the shelf

There’s nothing like the first time
It’s the primacy effect
Our souls combine to form a future perfect
It’s the primacy effect
Destiny defined in the first moments
Track Name: Messages From The Stars
When I’m out there all alone and feeling far from home
I’m fading into blue and there’s nothing I can do
Then outta the sky like a flash
Sending me high high high (you make me wanna fly so high)
You rescue me, you send me from a certain tragedy

I get messages from the stars when you’re making love to me
I get messages from the stars, you must be from another galaxy

This is where we take it up!

When I call out in the night, and I’m searching for a light
And there’s darkness all around, and you’re nowhere to be found
Then outta the sky like a flash
Sending me high high high (you send me higher)
You rescue me, Yyou send me from a certain tragedy

I get messages from the stars when you’re making love to me
I get messages from the stars, you must be from another galaxy

I’m listening for you baby, say it to me
I’m looking forward to the day it can be
Send me your love through the radiowaves
Taking me back to outerspace

This has been a Mark de Clive-Lowe presentation featuring the one and only Sy Smith on vocals
Now if you haven’t done so already, we invite you to get up outta your seat
Make sure your wigs are on straight and your weaves are on tight
Kick off those heels ladies and put on some flip-flops
Shake what ya mama gave ya
Tap the tail of the person next to ya
Make it feel good cuz you know it does, come on, let’s go!
Track Name: People Of The Sun
The more we seem to know
The less we seem to understand the how, when and why of it all
The more we seem to grow
The less we seem to manifest the best of the Sun
We should just all let it shine

Shine into our hearts
Let it shine into our minds
When we put our love together, I know we can get this right
We have strayed too far from greatness
And I can’t just stand by and fake this
Oh people of the sun

The more we seem to know
The less we seem to understand the how, when and why of it all
The more we seem to grow
The less we seem to manifest the best of the Sun
We should just all let it show us

Show us all the way
Let Him guide us everyday
And whenever we are feeling lost
Look up and be saved
This is the last call for action y’all, stand up, be proud and tall
Coming straight from queens and kings, in you I can do all things
We can’t let this system keep us down
We gotta keep livin’ for the Sun
And learn to wear our crowns
So bask in all your glory
Oh people of the sun