Ever since I heard 50Hz's "Seek No More" back in the early 2000s (it's on YouTube), I have been besotted by Ladi6's rich vocal depth. Similar to Jess Chambers (but clearly a different genre), her voice has the ability to lift material, and to be honest, some (but not all) of her material and/or it's production quality has been indifferent, not bad, just not great. But the 2011 album "The Liberation Of..." lifted her career to a new level, bringing with it, consistent quality material across the album, an internationally "sellable" sound, and a NZ-platinum-selling single "Like Water", the subject of this post. I also purchased the album, which from this blog's perspective might be seen as some sort of minor benchmark. (OK, insignificant for most of you readers). Actually the song that brought me to the album was "Jasmine D.L" (to be posted at a later date) which brought back memories of Soul II Soul in the late 1980s . Ladi6 appears to be maturing as an artist and although I find it difficult to imagine her breaking massively internationally, I can easily imagine a sustainable international career with high/steady sales across a range of albums - assuming she, and her writing/production team, can continue to develop. They seem to be doing that so far.
Ladi6 - Like Water