Kinny – Idle Forest Of Chit Chat
It’s been a long time coming, but here it is, an absolute stormer of a nu-jazz LP from Tru Thoughts artist Kinny. Her work may be familiar to you from the Kinny & Horne LP, Forgetting To Remember, that came out on Tru Thoughts back in 2005, but now Kinny is here with her full solo debut LP Idle Forest Of Chit Chat.
This eleven track LP features production by; Souldrop, TM Juke, Unforscene, Hint, Diesler, The Quantic Soul Orchestra and Nostalgia 77 – a strong list of names indeed. At times when one sees such an array of input into any one LP it can evoke feelings of doubt, like the album may just be a hotch-potch of sounds and a bit all over the place. However, I am extremely pleased to be able to inform you that this simply is not the case with Idle Forest Of Chit Chat.
01. Idle Forest Of Chit Chat feat. Souldrop
02. Damn feat. TM Juke
03. 2546 Nice! feat. Unforscene
04. Water For Chocolate feat. Souldrop
05. Afro Love Forest feat. Hint
06. Queen Of Boredness (Diesler Remix)
07. Enough Said feat. The Quantic Soul Orchestra
08. Back Street Lust feat. Diesler
09. Desire feat. Nostalgia 77
10. Forgetting To Remember (Nostalgia 77 Remix)
11. Petrified Dazed feat. TM Juke
Allow me to start this review with the conclusion: this is a fantastic album. I was sent this by Tru Thoughts towards the back-end of last year and I estimate that I have listened to it roughly a hundred times and it still sounds fresh. If it had been released last year it would have made my top eight in The Best of 2008 blog post – but circumstances beyond the control of Tru Thoughts meant the release date got pushed back and Idle Forest Of Chit Chat will now be released on 23rd March.
The track with the same name as the LP, Idle Forest Of Chit Chat, produced by Souldrop kicks things off. Frankly it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. The steady beat, delicate guitar melody and haunting lyrics combine seamlessly. Such simplicity to the structure of this track, but just perfect in its execution. “Didn’t you know? I was there, standing on your left-hand side, but fate was looking the other way.” Glazed with sweet brass and subtle strings, it really is a beautiful track that not only soothes, but gets your foot tapping too.
As perhaps recognised from the TM Juke album, Forward, the track Damn is up next. Still as powerful now as it was back then, a fine example of both TM Juke’s production skills and Kinny’s great voice. Unforscene then lend their talents on the track 2456 Nice!, a beat heavy neo-soul number with smoky atmosphere and a bluesy attitude. Water For Chocolate is another Souldrop production and exquisitely uses samples from the tear-jerkingly beautiful Didn’t I by Darondo. Upon first listen I was slightly stunned, “Didn’t I?! Darondo?!” and it took a few seconds to balance everything right in my head. But… they really pulled it off nicely and Kinny’s vocals compliment it with grace. It oozes style and character on every level – it’s raw yet silky, gritty yet smooth, it packs a punch indeed.
Present on last year’s Hint LP Driven From Distraction, Afro Love Forest is included here. I love this track, it’s heavy and soulful – it has a rich beauty about it, but at the same time it is really nasty with the bass tones. A heavy, heavy track. Queen Of Boredness, masterfully remixed by the incredible Diesler, is up next. I appreciate the direction this track takes, the mean bassline and punchy beats hold the laid back, almost improvised sounding, vocals in place like the proverbial train on its tracks – splendidly complimenting one and other, it’s a tight groove to keep you moving. From The Quantic Soul Orchestra comes Enough Said – this badboy is like being hit in the face with smelling-salts, but in the nicest possible way. With obvious nods to soul ballads of old, this is a fierce track, with an infectious beat, melody and dirty, dirty brass. Check it out for yourself…
Diesler is back once more with Back Street Lust. Although the aforementioned Enough Said is currently the only single release from the LP (on 12-inch), I’m praying for a 7-inch release of this track, Back Street Lust. The beats are heavy and dance powerfully with the funky vocals of Kinny, whilst the catchy brass melody supports. The subtle funk guitar accompaniment is a good touch, as well as the bass hiding there in the background. This is a busy track, but well arranged and composed, a real funk-soul banger. Nostalgia 77 then makes an appearance with the track Desire – again this track pays some obvious homage to the sounds of old, but the modern production keeps things immensely fresh and ultimately relevant. Latin influenced funk with a gritty edge, it’s strong and soulful and uses the wonderful vocal talents of Kinny to their full potential.
The penultimate track is a Nostalgia 77 remix of Forgetting To Remember, which you actually might remember from the aforementioned Kinny & Horne LP of the same name. It’s a jazz laced number with deep and honest vocals. The double bass rides with the trumpet and piano whilst Kinny and the percussion rise through the layers to create an infused nu-jazz ballad with a serving of raw panache. The final track comes once more from TM Juke, an out and out horn/dance floor fest, called Petrified Dazed, providing a steady beat and an addictive chorus. An appropriate outro, yet again showcasing the sheer strength of Kinny’s voice and also her lyrics.
There’s a lot to be said for the various productions, from their respective producers, on this LP and Kinny is no doubt lucky to have worked with such people. However, it is Kinny who pulls it all together. I really cant stress enough just how fantastic her voice and talents are. Classicly trained, but now more acustomed to the soul, funk and jazz disciplines, Kinny is an absolutely delight to behold. Idle Forest Of Chit Chat is easily an early contender for album of 2009. I honestly did wonder how this would sound after I learnt that so many people had been involved, but as I said at the start of this review, there really is nothing to worry about – it’s an absolutely fantastic LP and I suggest you buy it when it drops on 23rd March.