Various - Releasing A Sound: Detroit Vol 1

Published Tuesday 27th October 2015
Various - Releasing A Sound: Detroit Vol 1
Various - Releasing A Sound: Detroit Vol 1

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158583-23356
LABEL: Benjamin Entertainment Group

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

The base for the legendary Motown record label and more recently the home city of the Winans gospel dynasty, Detroit has a rich history of musical creativity. And this 10 track sampler culled from upcoming artists in the Michigan motor city confirms that this trend is still very much alive. Showcasing a range of different styles but with an overarching Christian theme, this compilation kicks off with the acoustic pop of "It Is Beautiful" by Al Bettis before launching into some loud and proud Coolio-style hip-hop courtesy of Voorhies Hanniboheez on "Glory 2 God" in which Mr H appears to make sure he and his maker are given equal amounts of praise. This occasionally jarring tendency to lurch from one genre to another works relatively well in the sense that you never know what you're going to get next but proceedings soon settle into a more R&B gospel mould with the likes of Aletta Henderson ("You're The One") and Ayana Thomas ("Your Love") being prime examples. Arguably the highlight of this collection is "Send Me" - a perfectly-pitched declaration of submission to God by husband and wife rap outfit Flyzon3 - which, alongside much of the rest of this release, helps to showcase the wealth and diversity of Christian music in the city of Detroit.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Angela Bassett in California @ 23:02 on Jan 13 2016

I love the Benjamin's and what they are doing. This is an awesome album featuring some great indie artists displaying their talents.

Posted by Djuan in Detroit @ 18:03 on Nov 18 2015

I love flyzon3

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