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Voice Notes

Yazmin Lacey

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A tweet by Flying Lotus - that’s how this album begins. Yazmin Lacey delivers a long speech through which she contemplates one of the famous Californian beatmaker’s old tweets about creativity, atop a background of smooth soul jazz. It is via these two genres—soul and jazz—that the singer from Manor Park (in East London) has cultivated her art. Of course, she is neither the only, nor the first person to oscillate between these genres (take Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry, Sade, Jill Scott or Erykah Badu, for example), but the grace and sensuality with which she does so are surely what sets her apart from the rest…


Voice Notes thus melds together 90s nu-soul, sophisticated English jazz (like that of Ezra Collective, one of her self-proclaimed influences), beats infused with light reggae and hip-hop flavours, and a set of instrumentals that fit her prose and vocals to a T. At 33, the Brit has had plenty of time to refine her magnificent brand of groove, whilst also receiving a helping hand from Future Bubblers, Gilles Peterson’s programme for supporting young talent.


After 3 EPs (2017’s Black Moon, When the Sun Dips in 2018 and Morning Matters in 2020) and her contribution to the Blue Note Re:Imagined (2020) compilation—her cover of Dodo Greene’s ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’, alongside other virtuosos from the new London jazz scene (bassist Marla Mbemba, keyboardist Sarah Tandy, trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi and drummer Jordan Hadfield)—all that was missing was this long-awaited first album. The record was brought into being through informal sessions with close friends Craigie Dodds, JD. Reid, Zachary Cayenne-Elliott (aka Melo-Zed) and in particular the producer Dave Okumu from The Invisible, whose production here is ultra-refined without ever becoming commercial. This is ever the case on Voice Notes’ delicate closer, ‘Sea Glass’: a mellow, dreamy ballad carried along by an otherworldly harp. An enchanting album, and a worthy Qobuzissime! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Flylo Tweet
00:02:00

Dave Okumu, Producer - melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist

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2
Bad Company
00:03:38

Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - D.see, Composer, Lyricist - A.Barath, Composer, Lyricist - S.Crowe, Composer, Lyricist

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3
Late Night People
00:05:34

Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - D.see, Composer, Lyricist - S.Crowe, Composer, Lyricist

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4
Fool's Gold
00:03:47

Dave Okumu, Producer - melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - j.hadfield, Composer, Lyricist - Tagara Mhizha, Composer, Lyricist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist - Jaega Francis Mckenna-Gordon, Composer, Lyricist

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5
Where Did You Go?
00:06:21

Dave Okumu, Producer - melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - M.Mbemba, Composer, Lyricist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist - R.Paris, Composer, Lyricist

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6
Sign And Signal
00:04:22

Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist

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7
From A Lover
00:02:55

Dave Okumu, Producer - melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist - Emanuel J Burton, Composer, Lyricist

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8
Eye to Eye
00:04:37

Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Daniele Gulino, Composer, Lyricist - D.see, Composer, Lyricist - S.Crowe, Composer, Lyricist

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9
Pieces
00:05:48

Dave Okumu, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Sarah Tandy, Composer, Lyricist

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10
Pass it Back
00:06:24

Craigie Dodds, Producer - C.Dodds, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

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11
Tomorrow's Child
00:03:37

Augustus Pablo, Composer, Lyricist - Craigie Dodds, Producer - C.Dodds, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Okumu, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

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12
Match in my Pocket
00:02:56

melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist

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13
Legacy
00:03:32

Jd. Reid, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

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14
Sea Glass
00:06:10

melo-zed, Producer - Yazmin Lacey, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Z.Cayenne-Elliott, Composer, Lyricist

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Album review

A tweet by Flying Lotus - that’s how this album begins. Yazmin Lacey delivers a long speech through which she contemplates one of the famous Californian beatmaker’s old tweets about creativity, atop a background of smooth soul jazz. It is via these two genres—soul and jazz—that the singer from Manor Park (in East London) has cultivated her art. Of course, she is neither the only, nor the first person to oscillate between these genres (take Soul II Soul, Neneh Cherry, Sade, Jill Scott or Erykah Badu, for example), but the grace and sensuality with which she does so are surely what sets her apart from the rest…


Voice Notes thus melds together 90s nu-soul, sophisticated English jazz (like that of Ezra Collective, one of her self-proclaimed influences), beats infused with light reggae and hip-hop flavours, and a set of instrumentals that fit her prose and vocals to a T. At 33, the Brit has had plenty of time to refine her magnificent brand of groove, whilst also receiving a helping hand from Future Bubblers, Gilles Peterson’s programme for supporting young talent.


After 3 EPs (2017’s Black Moon, When the Sun Dips in 2018 and Morning Matters in 2020) and her contribution to the Blue Note Re:Imagined (2020) compilation—her cover of Dodo Greene’s ‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’, alongside other virtuosos from the new London jazz scene (bassist Marla Mbemba, keyboardist Sarah Tandy, trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi and drummer Jordan Hadfield)—all that was missing was this long-awaited first album. The record was brought into being through informal sessions with close friends Craigie Dodds, JD. Reid, Zachary Cayenne-Elliott (aka Melo-Zed) and in particular the producer Dave Okumu from The Invisible, whose production here is ultra-refined without ever becoming commercial. This is ever the case on Voice Notes’ delicate closer, ‘Sea Glass’: a mellow, dreamy ballad carried along by an otherworldly harp. An enchanting album, and a worthy Qobuzissime! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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