19 September 2011

Review: Miguel Migs 'Outside The Skyline'

Outside The Skyline
[Salted / Om Records]

Miguel Migs is a little like a George Benson figure for the San Francisco deep house music scene. In much the same way that Benson was sometimes derided for his slickly-produced, super-smooth sound, Migs cops plenty from folks who consider themselves authorities on what constitutes proper deep house. Like Benson before him, Migs walks his own path regardless, confounding the critics as he transcends the limitations of the scene he emerged from. Outside The Skyline is Migs' third album, and it follows in the footsteps of his previous works by melding early soul, dub, jazz, reggae, funk and Italo disco with his trademark house sound. Of particular note on this outing is the impressive roll call of guests: Meshell Ndegeocello, Bebel Gilberto, Georg Levin and Aya appear alongside reggae veterans Half Pint, Capleton and Freddie McGregor, and disco legend Evelyn 'Champagne' King. Very good, without being great.

3 stars from 5

Check out sound clips from the album on Miguel Migs' Soundcloud page.

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