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Soulstice is poised to blow up. This San Francisco quartet that includes Gina Rene on vocals, Andy Caldwell and Gabriel Rene on keys, and Mei Lwun Yee manipulating the ones and twos, have finally found their sound. Echoing her contemporaries Tracey Thorn and Sade, Gina Rene's chocolate-coated voice overflows with wistful regret and quiet optimism. Her log-fire lyrics arouse and mellow in equal measures. Multitalented musicians Andy Caldwell and Gabriel Rene, both established solo artists in their own rights, blend '70s bossa, jazz, and soul with the future sounds of house and drum and bass to create an original and highly organic hybrid. Meanwhile, Mei Lwun Yee goes to town on the turntables, scratching, transforming, and generally running amuck.

"Tenderly" features a deep, funky house remix by I! Records' main protagonist, Kevin Yost, and a firing tech-step rework by Flex's hard-hitter, Acetate. "Lovely" and "Wind" are taken from Soulstice's debut full-length, Illusion.