‘Debut’ is the divine first musical chapter in the story of enchanting singer/songwiter/producer Sarah Fonteyne on her own new label Aesthetic Sounds. London town celebrates the birth of its new soulful diva, and rightfully so, as Sarah delivers her own special flavour of heartfelt songs, beautifully delivered over a classy cross pollenated soundtrack of nujazz and soul. ‘Debut’ features Sarah’s forthcoming new single ‘Beautiful’, a jazz fused love song which is also due to feature remixes from Bugz In The Attic. Tracks including the funky dancefloor groove ‘Messing’, through to intelligent Jazz outing ‘Music Is The Key’ and the soul drenched ‘Jealous Eyes’ are testament to Sarah’s ability to effortlessly genre cross. Collaborations on the album include some top dogs from the international producer arena. These include Colin Emmanuel (De La Soul, Beverley Knight) on the nu-jazz groove ‘Breathe’; James Yarde (Terri Walker, LL Cool J) on the boom-clack urban grind of ‘If She Breaks Your Heart’ and the classy latin tinged soul ballad ‘Everytime’; Myx Quest (Solange, Bashy) on the positive vibes of ‘Getaway’; Self Taught (TY, Cheryl Cole) on the brash attack on a devil woman, ‘B.I.S.Y (Man Teef)’; and A.C Layne (Phil Asher, Miles Bunny) on ‘Follow Your Dreams (Believe)’. All in all ‘Debut’ is an honest and beautifully penned collection of personal and emotionally driven songs.
3.5 out of 5
Reviewed By A.Rash