Let Go (EP)
Joy Denalane
SMD Four Music - Sony BMG
June 16, 2006

Track list
  1. Let Go (Album Version)
  2. 7 Year Itch
  3. Let Go (Teka One Drop RMX)
  4. Let Go (Sholar RMX)
  5. Let Go (A&S RMX)
  6. Let Go (Instrumental)
  7. Let Go (A Capella)
  8. Let Go (Video)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
The German soulqueen (born in South-Africa) Joy Denalane has released the first single of her forthcoming album "Born & Raised", her sophomore album that will be in English, after her mainly German debut "Mamani" from 2002. With her beautiful soulful melodic delivery, still featuring a raw edge every now & then - she surely impressed live on stage at this years Summerjam - she delivers a great advice to her girlfriend to leave her no-good-lover with you've got to learn to "Let Go", produced by the man who was responsible for her breakthrough, and spouse and father of her children, German soulsinger Max Herre of Freundeskreis for Nesola alongside former De La Soul producer Jake One, recorded in The Roots' studio in Philadelphia. The piano (and full band) ballad "7 Year Itch" is lyrically, musically and vocally as satisfactory, produced by husband Max alongside her (from Stevie Wonder and Q-Tip fame) guitar player Chris Sholar. My favourite version of "Let Go" is the "Let Go (Teka One Drop RMX)" by Rootdown Records' Thilo 'Teka' Jacks, that sounds absolutely brilliant and has developed into a whole riddim selection featuring Natural Black, Anthony B, Ginjah, Joy Denalane alongside Jah Mason, Belgian-Zairan world music favourites Zap Mama and a brand new Nosliw tune. Chris Sholar delivers the very fine "Let Go (Sholar RMX)" with its firm jazzy hip hop backing making Joy Denalane rival Erykah Badu, before Adam Blackstone & Steve McKie (who worked with Bilal, John Legend and many others, and also appear live alongside Joy Denalane now and then on her current tour) deliver their US R&B hip hop soul "Let Go (A&S RMX)". Both the "Let Go (Instrumental)" and the "Let Go (A Capella)" certainly serve to add to the fun and so does the simple but effective "Let Go (Video)" that can also be viewed and heard by clicking the link to it in the tracklist to hear how strong this tune from her upcoming "Born & Raised" is. This Maxi-CD is, no matter how fine the other tracks are, already worth buying for Teka's "Let Go (Teka One Drop RMX)" alone.