Dig and Discover: Fatima - Yellow Memories
ALBUM: YELLOW MEMORIES
LABEL (YEAR): EGLO RECORDS (2014)
FOR FANS OF: ANDREW ASHONG, TAYLOR MCFERRIN, ESKA
Words by Jasper Morvaridi
Released in 2014, Fatima's debut is a truly incredible record. The combination of the London-based singer's vocals and production credits from Floating Points, Flako and Theo Parrish, to name a few, make Yellow Memories an all killer-no-filler LP.
Fatima's vocals form the mood of the record, immersing the listener in her world of RnB and soul. It's an album where collaborations with producers in no way disappoint. Rather, they deliver consistent yet varied production to each of the ten songs, pulled together by Fatima's singular voice. On Flako-produced 'La Neta', the melody and rhythm neatly complement the vocals - especially in the change in time-signature halfway through the track. By contrast, downtempo hip-hop beat ‘Underwater’ sees Stones Throw Records’ Knxwledge taking production duties. Personal highlights include ‘I Can Do Better’, ‘Family’ and ‘Talk’.
Now Yellow Memories is almost two years old and I can't wait to hear more from Fatima. If her recent live show at Union Chapel is anything to go by, we won't be disappointed.
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