Listen, we hate saying “we told ya so,” but, when it comes to the woozy howl of Snoh Aalegra, it feels damn good to be on the right side of history. It seems like ages ago that we first heard Snoh line up with No I.D. for the introductory EP, There Will Be Sunshine (which in itself, featured guest spots from Common and Killer Mike,) but today, the Swedish soulstress has returned with an even more impressive roster for the orchestrally-clad follow-up, Don’t Explain mini-LP.
She warned us of the imminent arrival of a new piece with the spaghetti western soul of “Under The Influence” (a genre-defying collaboration between herself, John Mayer, No I.D. and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) following quickly a another heater in the Christian Rich-assisted heater, “In Your River.” Elsewhere on the album, you’ll find contributions from James Fauntleroy, BADBADNOTGOOD, DJ Dahi, Boi-1da and that’s just the shortlist. To fully comprehend this rich tapestry of slung-back soul, intoxicatingly deep r&b and lovelorn boom-bap, you’ll just have to tune-in down below. Then once your ears are and hearts are captivated as we hope you’ll be, take the record home with you on iTunes. Snoh Aalegra may not be the biggest blip on your radar just yet, but once you get your ears on this thing, you’ll see precisely why these industry heavyweights have lent their hands and voices to the project. Snoh’s next and there’s no stopping her now.