Malcolm Harvest has an appealing persona and he gears his music to a wide audience. “Welcome to LA” is a perfect example of his spirit of inclusion, a pop/R&B number that twinkles with optimism and inspiration, sounding very “right now” in its arrange- ment. (Call the LA Tourist Board NOW!) He injects a hip-hop flavor into “Free” which has a socio-political edge but still manages to deliver its message (“I ain’t got no shackles on my mind”) without rancor. Best tune of all is “The Light Rough Mix” which kicks off with an acoustic guitar before deploying a whole bunch of sonic layers (including synth-strings and female voices) with a finesse that gives the whole enterprise a three-dimensional vibe.
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