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Rating: NNNNEdinburgh might not seem like the obvious birthplace for a globally inspired neo-soul classic, but Joseph Malik's making a.


Rating: NNNN

Edinburgh might not seem like the obvious birthplace for a globally inspired neo-soul classic, but Joseph Malik’s making a good go of it. The Scottish singer/songwriter and his producer, David Donnelly, grab snippets of sound from all over the planet, making a smoothly flowing debut record that at once sounds both dusty and fresh. Diverse lives up to its title, drifting between Terry Callier-inspired acoustic soul-folk songs, a psychedelic duet between a drum kit and a thumb piano and lavish, string-laden full production numbers. It’s incredibly layered and occasionally a bit too scattered, but Malik’s clearly onto something.

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