KASHIF Who Loves You?
Bed You Down - Good Ol' Days - Rhythm of My Mind -
Brooklyn Breezes - I Don't Give a Damn - Mingo Weya - Can We Just
Get Along? - Lay You Down - It's Alright - Who Loves You? (It's
Alright Part 2)
9 years is a very long time to wait for one of soul
music's most talented and favourite artists to come back into the
fold. 1989's eponymous set was a swingbeat nightmare and did the
man no favours whatsoever - but this could not be further from
the truth here in 1998! Who Loves You? is a splendid CD,
but somehow dear old Kashif doesn't sound at all himself
on some cuts - but do not look upon this as a negative comment
for it is NOT. The superb soulful and mid-tempo entree, Bed
You Down owes more to the vocal style of Mikki Bleu
than Kashif. Good Old Days begins with the ghost of Love
Changes from the first second, but vocally we are in serious Whispers
territory. Dwayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone adds
his extensive guitar skill on this monster as well as Howard
Hewett's producer, Monty Seward, on vocal chores.
The killer cut for me is the Gary Taylor produced Rhythm
of My Mind which has the vocals of the Whispers, again,
stamped all over it. This cut is top of the class in many ways. Brooklyn
Breezes is a choice instrumental too - and something that the
man hasn't done for a very long time and features Michael
White on drums. The funky number look no further than the
hypnotic Mingo Weya in all its 10 minutes of length! For
social comment there is the Tashan-ish Can We Get Along.
The lighter '80s sounding Lay You Down is actually Bed
You Down but sung in a more typically Kashif manner having
shades of Hush / Paul Lawrence about it.
All in all a much welcome return and the funky It's Alright
helps make this album essential.