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U-Nam: The Past Builds the Future

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U-Nam is a veteran session guitarist in France who has signed a deal with Trippin ‘n’ Rhythm, the U.K.-based smooth-jazz label featuring Paul Hardcastle, Gregg Karukas and others. But while there are a few nods to the genre, The Past Builds the Future is more in tune with today’s nu-soul records than with smooth jazz.

U-Nam may play the guitar, but this is anything but a guitar record. Soul is the key here, as he recruited such crooners as Rahsaan Patterson and Phil Perry to inject their old-school cool into the mix on “Love’s Taken Over” and “Right Here, Right Now,” respectively. Also contributing vocals are Stevie Wonder sound-alike Nyr–who also channels George Benson’s vocalese on the frantic “French Flavor”–and Leedia, whose throaty soul stylings brighten the song “Blue Mood.”

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