We're not gonna lie, Monday usually comes in dead last on the list of our favorite days of the week. But today, we're willing to make an exception. The cherry blossoms are in glorious bloom here in the DMV, the sun is making up for lost time (80-degree weather in April, who dis?) and we've got the perfect soundtrack to enjoy it to the fullest, thanks to our girl Sy Smith and a few of her talented producer friends. The effervescent soulstress has released Sometimes a Rose Will Get a Remix, and it's the cherry on top of this lovely day.
As the title suggests, the EP is an extension of her stellar 2018 album Sometimes a Rose Will Grow in Concrete, featuring reworked versions of several tracks. B. Slade offers two different shades of "Perspective" – using hypnotic Afrobeats for the seductive "Rendevous Remix," then incorporating his vocals throughout the '90s-flavored "DTLA-Pico Remix." Our boy Applejac thrusts us onto the dance floor, serving up a house spin for "Catastrophe" with his "Unhooked Generation Remix." Meanwhile, our Baltimore brethren JSOUL's scintillating "Groove Remix" of "Now and Later" gives us the kind of fever that Peggy Lee and Lalah Hathaway warned us about. Modern Groove Assembly (aka "MGA") sprinkles glitter dust all over "Sometimes a Rose Will Grow in Concrete," transforming the jazzy tune into a disco/house hybrid for their "Deep Vegas Remix." They also give sultry track "Camelot" an island makeover, complete with reggae riddims, horns and keys.
In marked contrast to the production-heavy remixes, Sy includes a capella versions of the five songs as an added album bonus. Without instrumental embellishment, the flexibility of her flawless voice is beautifully displayed – layered in gorgeous harmonies, diving into her soulful depths and then soaring to the top of her multi-octave range. Stream Sometimes a Rose Will Get a Remix below, purchase a copy on iTunes, then head to Sy Smith's website to view her upcoming concert dates (including solo shows and on tour with amazing trumpeter Chris Botti). You can also purchase the project as part of a limited edition vinyl package via her SyberSpace shop. While you're there, be sure to check out her cool RoseFist merch as well.