The wave of '60s inspired, white, soul songstresses to have broken into the mainstream over the last few years would have some believing that recent contributions peaked with Amy Winehouse and plateaued with Duffy. While the Brits seem to get much of the attention, soul of this ilk is not exclusively an import. Re-enter fiery domestic singer Nikka Costa.
Now signed with legendary Stax Records, Costa is set to release her third state-side LP sometime this Fall. She gained attention earlier this decade with Everybody Got Their Something (2001) after the eponymous single became a sitcom and advertising goldmine. Even with critical acclaim and opening a few tours for the likes of Prince and Lenny Kravitz, her next album, 2005's gritty and enjoyable can'tneverdidnothin, failed to catch on with larger audiences (or marketing execs, depending on how you look at it).
Though apparently pushed back a few times and now slated for release either in September or October, Pebble To A Pearl has two promising leaks that are available online. Hers is a sound that settles comfortably outside of the recent hype that it undoubtedly influenced. It's neither groundbreaking nor hackneyed, but it damn sure is comfortable and is undeniably funky. She has the potential remind folks that it doesn't need to be brought back home; it never left.
Nikka Costa [Myspace]