Late Night Light
Those of us with long memories fondly recall Juno-winning '90s combo Bass Is Base. One of its key members was Ivana Santilli, and she has gone on to create high-quality (if rather overlooked) material as a solo artist. A long time in the making, new album Late Night Light (her fifth solo release) is the first release by the singer/songwriter/keyboardist in nearly five years. Santilli attributes part of the delay to mastering a new instrument: "I have a new Prophet synthesizer and it really informs this record. I tried to strip away some of what I've done before and try some new tricks, some new instrumentation." The result is a pleasingly fresh and eclectic blend of soul, electronica, funk, R&B, and pop sounds. Santilli has always worked with top-notch producers and collaborators, and this album is no exception. Producer/engineer Mike Rocha (Greys, Electric Youth) played a key role, with others involved in the project including Eon Sinclair (of Bedouin Soundclash), Mike Lindup (Level 42) and Stuart Matthewman (Sade). A luminous talent worthy of wider exposure.
Live dates are yet to be announced.