Before there was Adele, Estelle, Duffy, Amy, and any other modern-day Brit-soul diva you can think of, there was Alice Russell. For all the critical acclaim that she has amassed, Alice still remains an underdog in relation to her aforementioned counterparts. That can only mean one thing: she’s just that good!
The thing that makes her stand out from the pack is that her brand of soul comes without any pretense, affectation, or filters. While she does tend to lean towards music that is wrapped in nostalgic overtones and evokes the sound (and talent) of a bygone era, you’d never mistake Alice as someone who is trying to be retro. She pays homage to soul music’s roots, yet still manages to adorn her vocal arrangements with modern flourishes.
From futuristic broken-beat to classic funk and hippie soul to rock and roll, she’s game for handling multiple music styles. For instance, her Latin disco-tinged re-imagining of Teena Marie’s “Portuguese Love” with Bah Samba, or her legendary rendition of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” with Nostalgia 77 clearly proves that not only can she can take on any genre that’s thrown her way, but make any remake her own. I have witnessed Alice on many an occasion bringing the house DOWN with the sheer power and conviction of her voice. Her live show is not to be missed.
Check out Ms. Russell’s new single with Quantic and the Combo Barbaro called “Look Around The Corner.”
Alice will be performing at The Brooklyn Bodega x Couch Sessions CIRCUS Showcase on Wednesday, March 14th. RSVP at tinyurl.com/circussxsw!