Rodina – You Got Soul
Rodina is a collaboration between singer Aoife Hearty (from Co. Laois in Ireland) and Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds & The Haggis Horns. The music is jazz-influenced ambient pop akin to Corinne Bailey-Rae (Joe supplied organ on Put Your Records On) or Zero 7 and Morcheeba.
You Got Soul is cute pop and elegant vocal jazz weaved together in one album by Aoife Hearty who is the possessor of extraordinarily beautiful vocal skills.
A wonderfully bewitching soundscape spreads throughout this superb album and is sure to enchant. If you love singers like Corinne Bailey Rae & Ruth Koleva, The Cinematic Orchestra’s jazz or the Neo Soul of Hiatus Kaiyote – this album is a must to add to your collection.
The musicianship is impressive and includes Pete Shand (bass – The New Mastersounds), Luke Flowers (drums – The Cinematic Orchestra), Malcolm Strachan (trumpet) & Atholl Ransome (alto & tenor sax – both The Haggis Horns) with fabulous strings from multi-instrumentalist Richard Curran and orchestral arrangements by Phil Steel.
With the sorrow-drifting folksy jazz of Only Girl, the groovy jazz dancer You Got Soul, the beautiful jazzy tune What If… and the easy-going reggae/lovers Flame, this is a refined jazz-infused musical journey and a worthy successor to Rodina’s last album, Home.