(The Root) — Chicago-born singer Jesse Boykins III and emcee-DJ-producer-musician MeLo-X — a Brooklyn, N.Y., native — join forces on a project they claim is “a sonic form of connection, a humbling form of passion and the advancement of art in [the] form of romance.” Zulu Guru, officially released on Oct. 30, is a fusion of Afrobeats, spoken word, electronic soul and West Indian sounds spread out over the length of 15 songs. The mellow collaboration includes guest appearances by up-and-coming artists MoRuf, Mara Hruby, Chris Turner and others.
This idea of outward passion is reflected consistently throughout the album on tracks such as “Change of Heart,” featuring MoRuf and Chris Turner; “Outta My Mind,” featuring Chris Turner; “Schwaza Culture,” featuring Street Etiquette; and the standout song “Perfect Blues.”
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