Bounce-Worthy: Jae Franklin

After doing a little homework on Jae Franklin, I must admit I'm a quite intrigued by her. She has two EPs to her name, Universal Language - Prelude 1 and Universal Language - Prelude 2, both of which are available for free, and she is gearing up to release a full album, again for free, on March 1st. What initially caught my eye was the fact that her Bandcamp includes the description "Soprano Sade Adu," a brave statement indeed. What solidified my intrigue, though, was the sheer variety of sounds/styles/genres contained on the EPs. Take Prelude 1, for example. The intro is worked around an extended remix of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You," whereas the second song is a cover of Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly." On Prelude 2, she incorporates music from Fela Kuti, covers Jamiroquai's "Morning Glory," teams up with 4hero on "Vernas & Vedras," and lays her own vocals over the instrumental of Little Dragon's "Twice." Just the thought of trying to put a label on her made my head spin, and that's the beauty of her music. Sure it contains elements of downtempo, soul, jazz, and Latin, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Take a listen to the title track from her upcoming full length album, Always Needed You, below as well as her Jamiroquai cover, and if you like what you're hearing be sure to download both.

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    Ummmmmm. what makes her so hot...y'all amped her up like she was the next Sade and she did a boring job of the Jamiroquai's song Morning Glory....She has an ok voice but y'all be amping up people who aint all that sometimes..

  • L. Denise

    VERY mellow. Me likey.

  • Cynthia

    Her beautiful voice makes her hot along with her writing and arrangements. As a Sade lover and lover of music, I love her message in her music. Saying she's the soprano Sade Adu is a bold statement but I agree though. Her lyrics are nice and her style so far is cool too. Glad to see an artist that's not all raunchy and provocative and auto-tuned. Wish nothing but the best for her and looking forward to hearing more.

  • SoulUK

    @GIRLCRUSH we didn't describe her as the new Sade, as I pointed out it was a description already given to her. Personally I don't agree but I still think she has talent and her EP's are solid.