Twenty years ago the duo Hil st Soul released a groundbreaking debutalbum SOUL ORGANIC. Zambian-born vocalist Hilary Mwelwa and producer/musician/songwriter Victor Redwood-Sawyerr (VRS) had been workingaway in a North London studio creating a unique blend of neo soul, jazzand R&B that had critics on both sides of the Atlantic in raptures.
Hillary Mwelwa and Victor Redwood-Sawyerr are the guts of Hil St. Soul, with Mwelwa’s flawless leads serving as the focal point. She’s the cream of a crop of young contemporary R&B female singers (who are poppin’ up like dandelions), and she dispels any doubts with regard to her vocal ability on this sparkling debut of mostly self-written songs. There are no weak tracks, just some that are superior to others, and a lot to like, including two versions of ”Until You Come Back to Me” (popularized by Aretha Franklin), ”Strictly a Vibe Thang,” ”Higher Ground,” ”There for Me,” ”Together,” and, for those with wanderlust, ”Free Spirit.” These picks are purely subjective, as you won’t reach for the remote to skip any tracks when they cue.
Andrew Hamilton –AllMusic Review