Label: Linear Labs
Something About April II reflects Adrian Younge’s ascending reputation as Raphael Saadiq, Bilal and former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier show by lending their vocals. On “Magic Music,” Younge drops a riff from “Sirens,” the Something About April instrumental sampled by Jay Z. Younge’s idiosyncrasies haven’t changed much between that 2011 track and its sequel. His arrangements unspool like jazzy sketches, and his vocalists often struggle to draw clarity out of the shifting tempos. However, there’s a nice, fuzzy guitar riff that opens “Psalms,” “Sandrine” soars from Loren Oden’s sweetly charming whispers, and Sadier and Bilal’s duet on “La Ballade” is a delight.