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)
released 06 March 2012
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.
Photography: Mike Quain - Make-up/Wardrobe: Sy Smith - Hair: Sir Tony - Production Assistant: Chadd Hardy