Tone Trezure – My Destiny
Please allow me introduce you to Latonya “Tone Trezure” Givens! If you can’t recall the name, but the soulful vocals and slick production work sound familiar, and if your musical tastes are anything like mine, that may be because you have become familiar with her work through her writing and production on Bilal‘s Love for Sale project. Or, perhaps you have heard her features with Strange Fruit Project and on S1‘s fantastic Music Box album? No? Maybe you recognise her voice from Victory Is In My Clutches by Jay Electronica? After establishing credentials in the music game and accumulating a resume which boasts household names such as Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre and Erykah Badu, the phenomenally talented singer/songwriter/producer from Flint, Michigan prepares to step into the limelight with the release of her own 5-track EP entitled My Destiny.
My Destiny is one of the most impressive and inspiring efforts I have heard in a very long time and has basically owned my speakers for the last week! The entire project is written and produced by Tone Trezure herself, with the exception of some additional production work on the title-track courtesy of Josef Leimburgh, and Detroit legend Mr. Porter on Come With Me. All of the beats are bang on-point and complimented perfectly by Tone’s beautiful vocals, somewhat reminiscent of Georgia Anne Muldrow, fluctuating between asservations of gospel inspired spirituality, the smoothness and sexiness of classic RnB, and the independent street-consciousness of hip-hop revealing both the strengths and vulnerabilities of this incredibly dynamic singer-songwriter.
The EP possesses a cohesive classic post-90s US Soul feel throughout and manages to be artistic and inventive, whilst maintaining an honest and traditional musical approach in an age too often characterised by incoherent eclecticality and recherché experimentalism. I urge all fans of great music to support this fantastic project, which is available to buy for only $5 (just over £3) from Tone Trezure’s Bandcamp page!