Opinion has been mixed in regards to how the Robert Glasper Experiment‘s Black Radio 2 is shaping up compared to its predecessor. Personally, I’m really feeling all of the singles thus far, and the video treatment for “Calls” pretty much sealed the deal for me. Now courtesy of Entertainment Weekly we get to hear a preview of a fourth track, this time the Emeli Sandé-featuring “Somebody Else.” When I first saw Emeli’s name attached to the project I was torn. On the one hand there is no denying she can blow and her profile might draw attention to the project. My reservations stemmed from the fact that sometimes I find Emeli a bit much, she has a tendency to over-dramatize when she sings and I wasn’t sure how well that would sit with RGE’s laid-back, jazzy ways. Well it turns out my reservations were completely unfounded as this match-up works perfectly. Sandé is restrained but still packs emotion into her vocal, while Glasper and company’s instrumental is gorgeously understated. I may be reaching slightly here, but based on this track, I could handle a full-length album from these guys. Take a listen for yourselves here.
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