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Monday February 12, 2018

From Bust Magazine

12 New Albums To Listen To This February: Playlist
By: Bust Magazine

Every issue of BUST, we review new albums — here’s the first half of our February/March 2018 review section, with a playlist to go with it.

DEVA MAHAL Run Deep (Motéma Music)

Deva Mahal (pronounced Diva) sings with a breadth and intensity that stirs the soul. On her debut LP, she offers songs touched by subtle reggae rhythms and classically fresh R&B. With a warm alto that sometimes conjures Lauryn Hill, Mahal delivers standouts like “Can’t Call It Love,” a “Rolling in the Deep”-style rouser that audaciously references Aretha and actually pulls it off. Stunner “Shards” serves an evocative and strangely comforting chill amid references to “kissing in the snow” (what could be more bittersweet?), while “It’s Down To You” shows Mahal at her best and leaves a lasting impression, just like this entire album. 4/5 –CAMILLE COLLINS

See the rest of the choices for February/March here