Art Bleek - Art Supplies
Art Bleek’s follow up to his 2004 debut has been a long time coming. Although trained in various instruments, he here acts as producer, utilising various vocalists on tracks that hit on jazz, hip hop and soul. Art Supplies is perhaps too committedly downtempo in that only really a couple of tracks break through the relaxed aura and leave an impression. 'Confident' is one of those satirical 'advice' tracks (best known example: Baz Luhrmann’s 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)') and has Graham Ward, sounding like a cross between Lloyd Grossman and Paul McKenna, pondering on sexual behaviour. The more sensible choice for your chillout playlist is 'Pain Or Pleasure'. With a breathy chorus based on Fontella Bass’ 'Rescue Me' and gentle rapping from Ursula Vucker, it is, most definitely, a pleasure.