Immensely talented Scottish singer, rapper, singjay and activist Soom T has once again put out a stunning album showcasing that she can never be labeled a particular genre.
Her latest album is yet another set where reggae takes the backseat. But Free As A Bird is not a hip-hop album either. No, this is something else. It’s primarily based in the fields of electronica, hip-hop and disco, but with a reggae twist. And it’s superb.
Free As A Bird was originally released in selected European countries in late 2015 and now an expanded version is widely available. It comes with the original twelve tracks along with another eight tracks, of which four are remixes courtesy of Manudigital, Tygerz, Ibibio Sound Machine and Africaine 808.
This album carries sweaty bass lines that would make a disco mastermind like Nile Rodgers proud. Just listen to the funky Gimme Gimme or the glorious End of the Road. Pure dance floor wizardry where Soom T blends her bubble gum singing with fierce singjaying.
Other highlights include the dreamy Black Butterfly, the dramatic Politic Man and the powerful Broken Robots as well as the title track, which has a melody reminiscent of the jazz standard Dream a Little Dream of Me, and Upside Down, which sounds like it’s aimed a speak-easy crowd from the 20s.
Power, rhythm and melody all come together beautifully on this album. It’s a grower so you need to give it some time. But it’s well worth the time. A spot on album.