GLOW is not a single artist or a group, but rather a production team of songwriters, producers and composers who works for groups, bands, and solo artists. And so, Dave Love starts off this brilliant indie soul album with a very sexy “Best Of Me”, shuffling along effortlessly and with a lot of warmth, reminding me of some of the tracks off of Jarrod Lawson’s debut album. Co-written by Dawn McGhee, who is behind all of the tracks and serves also as the mastermind behind this project which stands for “Gifted League Of Writers”, she continues to spread the perfect melange of jazz and soul, as witnessed on the jazzified “Same Ol'” which features a very cool Honey Larochelle on vocals.
And familiar vocal sounds are on offer too. UK soul icon Omar Lye-Fook graces the very typical Omar-ish “Give Myself To You”, probably best describing the concept of written specifically for individual artists and their sounds. From DC, singer Nndi can probably best described as a mixture of early Ledisi with a N’Dambi and Erykah Badu thrown in. But she certainly has her own sound, sympathetically unpolished on the incredibly catchy “All Woman”. The ten diamonds on this album also include the more R’n’B-oriented “Maybe” by Deonis Cook from California and the sweltering “Look Here Baby” by singer Lavahi, winning me over with its instantly grabbing, percussive stance and a fascinating hook.
Things slow down a bit for young soul and jazz singer Tega from Texas. His “Smile Again” consists of some effectively layered vocal parts over a haunting, midtempo tune which really makes you curious to find out a lot more about him. There are some early Prince moments here as well in the shape of “Everybody Wants It” by Keith Robinson. More Erykah-influenced moments appear with “Let’s Make Some Music” featuring Mary Joyner and Daru Jones, a poignant piece of soul destined to become a future classic. The album ends in a more rock-tinged vein with “Birth” by Fudakochi. And congrats to Dawn McGhee for coming up with this brilliant idea and output.