Authentic artists push against boundaries, inspiring us to see the world with fresh eyes. When you hit play on Saint Heron, a compilation CD curated by the forward-thinking Solange, musical boundaries evaporate. Eleven different artists are featured, twelve tracks, each voice distinct.
We hear established singers such as Cassie, Sampha, and Jhene Aiko, with up-and-coming musicians like BC Kingdom, India Shawn, and Kelela . This is the R&B commercial radio refuses to touch – bold, invigorating, exploring without reservation.
Some of my favorite tracks include the defiant and melodic, “I’m Alive” from India Shawn, and Kelela’s sensual “Go All Night.” Quite a few of the artists are based in LA, Shan’s (co-editor) future home. Still, the CD doesn’t sound like New York, LA, or anywhere else, it’s a collective of young creative souls transforming rhythms into music, and that is universal.
Listen to the full CD on Spotify.
Check out this interview from Madam Noire with Solange about the meaning behind her label, the diversity of R&B, and her unique fashion sense: