Audio: Stuck On Joss Stone

Never a dull moment is to be had with Joss Stone as she has often taken the road less navigated when it comes down to the soulful soundbed she had pruned and maintained for a good decade and a half. Though interest towards the British vocalist unfairly hasn't been equal to when she burst on the scene with her Sugar Billy cover, "Super Duper Love" back in 2001, I've always admired how she pressed on and has continuously flipped the soul script, releasing such lyrical masterpieces like 2009's misbegotten Colour Me Free! (yes, stream it immediately as that album is dope), and putting in studio time with a bevy of esteemed artists, such as Jeff Beck, Sheila E., Dave Stewart, and Mick Jagger.

These excursions and experiments have no doubt refined her sound, and why I'm sort of curious ---even anxious --- for her upcoming Water For Your Soul project (out July 17th), which has been four years in the making and is being touted as a "an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&B" --- or in simpler terms --- a combination of all the things Stone likes.

I can dig it.

Textured with guitars, sitars, and flourishes of Middle Eastern rhythms, Water For Your Soul's first drink, "Stuck On You", is a divine intro to Stone's first collection of new original material since 2011's LP1, as it allows her to roam freely on it, with vocals warm and profound. Its fresh sound is framed around Stone being conflicted over her indecisive heart, as she tries to figure out if she should stay or leave her lover behind, bemoaning: "Every time we talk/I get stuck on lovin' you/Every time I fall/I land in love with you/What will I do?" Girl, I've been there...and really, haven't we all?

Though its a little too soon to tell, I'm confident that Water For Your Soul is going to be a refreshing treat, especially with guest stars like Damian Marley on the roster and Stone's continuous will to explore and conceive unconventional soundscapes.

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