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Vikter Duplaix International Affairs

Vikter Duplaix is one of those guys who has no problem attracting the ladies. A self-admitted "playboy type of guy" who maintains a positive, yet sensitive, outlook on life, Duplaix lays all of his emotions out on the table-think a modern-day Barry White with a much higher voice á la Prince-in his solo debut album International Affairs. Epitomizing the term "buttery smooth," the Philly-bred producer/vocalist/DJ (he's worked with King Britt, Jazzanova, Erykah Badu and many others) has crafted an album that just drips of sex. Blurring the lines between shuffling jazz, jaunty Latin flavors and percolating hip-hop rhythms, Duplaix emphasizes supple keyboard playing, lush strings and his whispery, earnest vocals as the centerpiece. Just when you start rolling your eyes and thinking "god, ol' Vik can be a bit self-indulgent at times," you find yourself humming along with the infectious melodies and his rich, multi-tracked vocal harmonies. Unabashedly upbeat, this isn't a perfect album; the guitar solos are a bit much, and it's a toss-up as to when the best time for sex is-"Morning Fun" or "Late Night Rendezvous." But then again, the various bumps along the way are what make Affairs so damn interesting. And who doesn't like sex?

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