Saturday, August 28, 2010

Zo! SunStorm

Since the release of Leave It All Behind, it has been all systems go for Foreign Exchange, not only as a group but also as a label. With releases from Nicolay, YahZarah & now SunStorm from multi instrumentalist & keyboard player Lorenzo Ferguson aka Zo!.
You might remember Zo! from the whimsical 80's cover album with Tigallo aka Phonte. Since teaming with Phonte & the FE family, Zo's musical career really started taking form. With production & musician credits for artist like Little Brother, Median, & PPP (in which he played bass & keys). He also released an EP with the FE label "Just Visiting Too" that's available as a free download & was just a taster for the greatness that was about to come. SunStorm, like the title suggest, is bursting with warm sun soaked gems that groove, with a list of guest singers that are the creme de la creme of the current indie soul movement. But don't think compilation or mixtape, SunStorm is a complete thought, much like a Quincy Jones masterpiece. Hailing from DC but born & raised in Detroit, this album is a definite reflection of those travels. From the 8 mile headnodders like the title track "SunStorm" ft. YahZarah & "Greater Than The Sun" ft. Phonte, the 2 step of the 1st single "This Could Be The Night" which features Eric Roberson, FE member Darien Brockington & Big Pooh of Little Brother, to the anthem driven "Greatest Weapon Of All Time" featuring Sy Smith, the breezy La Costa-esque "All Is Well With Love" featuring Chantae Cann & "Flight Of The Blackbyrd" which has the sweet smell of Mizell Bros. all over it. & I can't forget the 10 minute slow cooker that closes the album, "MakeLuv2Me" featuring Monica Blaire that I'm certain will make it to your love making music playlist on your iPod. The buzz on this project is well deserved & definitely live up to it expectation. I will be listening to this album for years to come. 

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