Niki King & The Elements - It’s All Good (4 stars)

Niki King & The Elements - It’s All Good

New York-based Scottish jazz vocalist with new band and soul-funk sound

(Soul Route Records)

When Edinburgh jazz vocalist Niki King relocated to New York at the end of last year, it was inevitable that the city would lend its magic to her creative impulses. So, with the backing of her new ten-piece New York band, The Elements – featuring a starry roster of musicians who have worked with Prince, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins and the Skatalites – she set about writing a soul-funk album.

There’s a delightfully badass element to some of the songs on It’s All Good. The electric ‘After Rain’ and opening track ‘Do You Love Me’ recall legendary divas of funk Betty Davis and Marva Whitney, while the standout track, the hauntingly delicate ‘Pieces of My Heart’, wouldn’t sound out of place on a Dionne Warwick record. But this is all King’s work and further proof, if any was needed, that with pipes and songwriting talents such as these, she is the outstanding female Scottish vocalist of our times.

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