In 2006, German R&B singer Joy Denalane put out one of my favorite albums of the decade, Born & Raised. With contributions by Lupe Fiasco and Raekwon. The album debuted at number 2 in her native Germany, but despite the names involved, it never took off in The States. For shame.
Fast forward to 2012. Delenane came back from nowhere to drop the album Maureen in Germany last year, but it was German language only. However, she’s releasing the English language version to the rest of the world this year, leading off with this rather amazing collaboration with Bilal and Jake One. “Should Have Known,” demonstrates that Denalane is still a master of that classic soul feel. I’ve always stressed that Denalane is one of the better R&B singers of our generation, and she not fail here.
Check it. Also, check this classic track “Heaven or Hell” with Raekwon.