Listening to the 10 tracker, it's easy to hear why it's garnering the plaudits. The set is unusual – experimental, yes... but accessible too. Kemp is s a great soul singer, but like the idols he listened to in his formative years, he seems determined to create something different and uniquely personal. His music fuses folk, hip-hop, reggae, rock and electronica but at its roots it's always soulful. Try the opener 'Baby Girl' to understand what I mean. At heart it's a contemporary soul number but there's just a hint of the Caribbean about it while there's a whiff of unbridled rock about the guitar solo. Journey to Jamaica too on 'Babylons Fall Down'... a lovely chunky beater that broadminded soul folk will love. More conservative soulies will prefer the set's best ballad, the semi-acoustic 'Can We Pretend'.... hints of Stevie about its delicate melody and the sweet repeating guitar riff is a delight. Ballad-wise 'No Time For Reminiscing' is much more dramatic while the sparser 'The Little Things' seems to draw inspiration from Delfonics-era Philly. Kemp's respect for soul's roots is apparent in the blaxploitation funk of 'Gangsta Americano'; though elsewhere the inspiration could be Frank Zappa, Prince even Terry Callier. Yep... Tondrae Kemp uses a huge and disparate palette and at times the diversity can overwhelm, but patience will brings rewards.