Cheri Coke and Melo X – X/Coke Album Review
Cheri Dennis first appeared on the scene on several of Bad Boy Entertainment recording star Mase’s Double Up album cuts. In 2008, she released her first album, In and Out of Love, which included the singles “I Love You,” produced by Ryan Leslie and “Portrait of Love,” a collaboration with Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe. Ms. Dennis is now back with a project that is sure to have R & B heads talking as she headed back into the studio with underground producer/DJ, Melo. The Cheri Coke and Melo X EP, known as X/Coke, is a combination of raw R & B and sonic charged abstraction.
The first single off the seven track musical landscape “The Garden of Eden,” starts the project off nicely as it is a musical hodge podge that pits her vocals against an exploratory mesa of musical instrumentation provided by Melo.
This is also the case on “Lite Years,” a captivating route along the rhythmic production. Cheri Coke feels comfortable in this lane of bass driven beats echoing through the nonchalant and unusual R&B patterns. Melo’s style has always been one for the music history books. Just when you think you have his underground sound figured out, he pulls out yet another proverbial audio trick leaving you astounded. The final three cuts on the EP exhibit this, especially on the Portishead cover, “Sour Times.” Cheri Coke and Melo X do the Hip-Hop duo from England justice while stamping their own twist on the melody.
It is difficult to predict whether X/Coke, will provide Cheri the comeback she desires, but X/Coke is definitively a step in the right direction.
X/Coke receives a PARL
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