Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime: SomeOthaShip
Georgia Anne Muldrow has been throwing down intoxicating free-form honeyed vocals over intergalactic funk and electro R&B for a minute now, and any fan of her solo albums or work with Dudley Perkins knows she can open her mouth and make the angels weep. And as she incontrovertibly proves on the new SomeOthaShip with Perkins (under his Declaime alias), Muldrow can also spit hard truth over the wobbly beat she produced her own bad self called "Heaven or Hell": "I ain't gonna let you spit in Africa's face/ she hold the world together forever/ If she fall, we fall/ Subject to complete and total recall."
It'd be easy to hear such righteousness and space-age groove and try to lump SomeOthaShip alongside Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part One or hear any of the socially critical and Pan-Africanist intelligence that either Muldrow or Perkins' delivers and compare this outing to albums by the Coup or Dead Prez. Both comparisons permit surface sounds to contextualize content; while SomeOthaShip is certainly gonna appeal to heads that connected to Badu's or Boots Riley's messages, the sound is as indebted to the inspirational freedom of P-Funk and the elemental mettle of Earth, Wind, and Fire as it is the melodic smoothness of Sam Cooke and the rhythmic insistence of Art Blakey. SomeOthaShip is soul music, politically minded and socially aware.
And so you get Perkins' asymmetrically delivering populist wake-up calls against the economic status quo (the hypnotic "Endure," the getting-busy funky "Boogie," which contains the first verse gem: "Now they can raise the price of the food and the rent, yeah/ And what we offer you don't cost a doggone cent, no"), and Muldrow extends a lyrical hand to listeners to join their endeavor on the Flying Lotus-produced "Mages Sages II": "seeking to remedy the side effects of great conquests/ so that the destiny we manifest don't make our kids so stressed." And that's exactly what listening encourages: an invitation to reject greed and self-exploitation and change course, to climb aboard SomeOthaShip.