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Deyampert Shapes and Colors

On his full-length debut Shapes and Colors, Cleveland, OH's Deyampert Giles serves up something different for neo-soul fans. Heavily influenced by mentors Jazzanova, Deyampert presents swelling, organic downtempo and nu-jazz flavors, broken up by melancholy acoustic guitar tracks that wouldn't be out of place on a Cat Stevens record. Vocalists Channeng Payton and Heather Clayton give the album more weight, and their liquid soul stylings and uplifting spoken-word interludes should appeal to fans of Floetry and Erykah Badu. Deyampert's not sounding any new notes-Tr?by Trio and Dego have been here before-but he does a great job of layering texture, most evident on percussion-filled numbers like "It's You" and the aptly named, fuzzy house swinger "This Is The Dance Track on This Album."

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