Artist: 4hero
Album: Play With the Changes
Label: Raw Canvas Records
File Under: Nu Jazz; Electronica

The Awakening feat. Ursula Rucker

4hero is back again with their latest offering “Play With the Changes.”  “Play With the Changes” is a surprising break from the monotonous mumbo jumbo playing on most music formatted radio stations today.

From Dollis Hills, North London, the group is comprised of Dennis ‘Dego’ McFarlane and Mark ‘Marc Mac’ Clair.

And while is has been six years since their last full album, it was defintiely worth the wait.  There are 17 tracks on the album, which fit into the nu jazz genre, but it certainly isn’t limited to that one category because the album is as much nu jazz as it is soul, electronica, and funk.

Featuring a stellar line up of guest vocalists, 4hero has created yet another timeless album that can go from the car, to the living room, and even to the bedroom.

Guest vocalists this time around include the distinctive, sultry, and always welcoming styles of Ursula Rucker on the track “The Awakening.”  A new favorite of mine is the title track “Play With the Changes” that features Talita Long and Larry MizzelDarien Brockington and Phonte of Little Brother effortlessly blend jazz, R&B, and hip-hop on the track “Give In.” Other guest vocalists inclue Jody Wately, Terry Devos, Lady Alma, Jack Davey, Carina Anderson, and more!

The wait was definitely worth it.  "Play With the Changes" is instant vintage and a must have for music lovers everywhere.  The vast array of guest vocalists blends perfectly to create, in my opinion, the best album of 2007 so far.  Each track is unique in its own way and offers a distinctively different experience that is definitely part of the 4hero tradition of putting out good music. 

Fact: Jill Scott recorded "Gotta Get Up (Another Day) with 4hero on her 2001 double disc release "Experience: Jill Scott.

Kudos and this is album worth getting

If you like Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Sergio Mendez’s Timeless, and Zero 7 then will love 4Hero.

Play With the Changes” is available for download on iTunes.com and in fine music across the country including Amoeba Records in California and Mood’s Music in Atlanta.

4hero Official Website
4hero on myspace.com

4hero Album Discography:

In Rough Territory (1991)
Parallel Universe (1995)
Two Pages (1998)
Two Pages Reinterpretations (1999)
Creating Patterns (2001)
The Remix Album (2004)
4Hero present Brazilika (2006)
Play with the Changes (2007)

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