Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Kokoh - Meltdown - 2006 - Kokoh

Join together Kokoh's beautiful voice and Leon Ware's sexy, sensuous productions and we get “Meltdown”. Aptly titled, too, as the material on here is so hot that it threatens to burn the CD player! The first 7 songs are Leon Ware penned and produced songs, and all are essential. We are already familiar with “How Far Can We Go”, thanks to Andreas Hellingh who shrewdly picked up on this gem back in 2005 for his “Soul Exposed” compilation. Kokoh, although a classically trained Ballerina (which excited my little girl!) can certainly turn her abundant talents to other areas. Singing is definitely one of these areas! Her sexy vocal talents are a perfect match for Leon's sublime arrangements. “For The Tender” opens the CD up and should, within a few seconds, have you totally captivated. Such a beautiful song... expertly produced and tenderly and soulfully sung. Outstanding modern soul. “How Far Can We Go” is a an exercise in sheer sexual delight – and why not! This horny groove still reaches the parts 99% of other “R&B” artists cannot even hope to reach!

“I Get Weak” is a faithful reading of the Great Man's own song from his 1995 album, “Taste The Love”. I admit to preferring the original version, and I can say the same about the title song, too. However these are new versions and are made in the Kokoh mould so are worthy in their own right. The song that floored me, however was “Speechless”. This is a seriously sexy piece of work and I feel the groove right where it needs to be felt. This is an outstanding track. “That Takes Me To Heaven” is CLASSIC Leon Ware. The man contributes to backing vocals, and every note, every nuance of the song oozes class. It would not be trite to say the song is heavenly and well above the bar. “Too Close To The Fire” is yet another soulful, seductive and sexy number that tastefully and playfully deals with the issue of strong attraction. The final two track, however, are not Leon Ware productions and do not hold a candle to Mr. Ware's productions. This album is deeply soulful and fans of real soul music and Leon Ware in particular must own a copy of this album.

Barry Towler
The Vibe Scribe

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