The opener for Yellow Memories, “Do Better,” features production by Floating Points with a mid-tempo sample from a rare groove from soul/funkateers 100% Pure Poison‘s track “Puppet on a Chain.” With resounding, swooping horns and Fatima’s gorgeous voice, she details her frustrations working a retail job and her struggles to define her purpose. On “Give Me My Name” she talks about her absentee father. Lush instrumentation on the entire album is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Fatima’s voice reminds you of the jazzy vocals of the much slept on soul singer Adriana Evans. Her lyrics are compelling and warm and on tracks like ‘Rest in Peace” where she sings a capella, they are otherworldly. The majority of the album is a slow-tempo groove, designed to relate to the common man with personal stories of struggle. Fatima is a standout artist, with a timeless voice.
—Ericka Blount Danois
Best Tracks: Do Better, Technology, Circle, Family, La Neta, Rest in Peace
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