||Koku Gonza Song||Koku Gonza||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||L.O.V.E||Koku Gonza||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love of a Star||Koku Gonza||4:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Eyes Touching Me||Koku Gonza||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Aliens Interlude||Koku Gonza||1:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One||Koku Gonza||6:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where Are You||Koku Gonza||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Never Moved Fast||Koku Gonza||3:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Birds Fly||Koku Gonza||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
A "MUST HAVE" for your musical library!
Koku Gonza's "Radiozophrenic" is perfectly titled because it is a wonderfully diverse mix of musical styles from an already eclectic artist. There aren't too many CDs I play without skipping songs, and I've enjoyed listening to Radiozophrenic, from beginning to end, many times over! I L.O.V.E. it!
For starters, there's the variety inherent in Koku's music (neo-soul, R&B, world…), but what I find especially enjoyable in this CD, is how different one song is from the next. It makes for a wonderfully layered listening experience, like a roller coaster ride for the ears…and the spirit!
There are mellow tunes that make you bob and sway like the "Koku Gonza Song" and "L.O.V.E."; faster paced, edgier tunes like "Eyes Touching Me" (will entrance you into striking a pose) and "Never Moved Fast" (which has a hint of rock or something I just can't describe)—like a special seasoning in someone's secret recipe.
One of my very favorites on this CD is "Birds Fly"! It has a retro (I'm guessing 40's) sound that really transports you to another time and Koku's sweet and clear vocals fit beautifully with this jazzy tune! Oh, and I can't forget "ONE"—a jingly, global creation that makes you want to get up and dance!
Radiozophrenic is an awesome addition to Koku's body of work--her first two are excellent and have songs her fans would already consider "classics". She may even be ready for a "Best of Koku Gonza" soon, because her lyrics are meaningful, relatable, positive, and the musicality as described above is inspired. I've had the pleasure of hearing Koku LIVE and her voice is as lovely in person, and her performances engaging, interactive and fun! Take a listen and you'll hear what I'm describing. Enjoy!
Radiozophrenic In Review By: N. Magnus
:A cute and well thought out compilation of jazz pop/ soul. This review is critiqued
in track order. Koku Gonza, of a dying breed, or a torch to a new wave?
1."Koku Gonza" - Kicked off nicely with that unique Koku track, featuring
that unique Koku "spelling, lyrical style". This self-titled, theme song, is built around an infectious jam, with a call back you've got to love, to early Bob Marley with the insertion of a familiar refrain bit; "a hammer, a hammer" she so cleverly adds. While silly in a whimsical, playful way, it offers a spirited/ soulful bit of fun that makes one who knows Koku and her music, look forward to hearing it at every one of her performances.
2. "L.O.V.E." - More spelling from Koku on this sweet, soulful ballad. A catchy
arrangement (with some fine guitar playing all over the track) displays some
solid song writing by Koku, that even Carol King would say is
“as sweet as candy.” You got to L. O. V. E. any tune that reinforces the simple
things we all need, in a simple, short and sweet (as candy.. lol)
lil’ ditty, such as this one.
3. Track three, “Love Of A Star”, moves the album on into a more ambient feel, with
an especially sexy and warm vocal from Koku, that would sooth any over worked, 9 to 5 guy, who’s looking to come home and just unwind. The song, very a la Bailey Rae "Emeraldine", along with a song title, and lyrical context/ worldliness, also of similar tone, seems very well produced, and offers some interesting sounds throughout.
Firstly on the intro of the track, with an effect that to me at least, sounds like something that would’ve come off the Gorillaz "Demon Days" album, and ending on a rather psychedelic note, with some interesting electric guitar playing, on the outro. A great bit of Trip Hop here from Koku and company.
4. “Eyes Touching Me” - A some-what typical, but non-the-less catchy pop track here. Very
a la Beyonce, this time. Again I'm hearing over tones of Bailey Rae all over this album, i always love electric piano on stuff. The bit that builds and climaxes, like a harpsichord or whatever, was very interesting. It’s creative bits like that alone, that make hearing this album in its entirety, worth the listen.
5. “Aliens Interlude” - Love, Love, LOVE this track. It’s probably my favorite track
off the entire compilation. More atmospheric, trip hop going on with this one, and anything alien oriented, is always interesting. A very creative track here, both instrumentally and lyrically.
6. “One” - How can you not love the Tanzanian sound?! A rather lively tune, at an infectious tempo, that seems to take you back to the good ol’ days of the more organic and raw sounding African Pop/ soul. It almost makes you wish there were more tracks just like this one on the album and in Koku’s repertoire. It’s a tune with another simple, and lovely message from Koku, which adds to the already warm and playful character of the song. I can totally see this one being used in some kind of commercial, at some point.
7. “Where Are You” - Another solid piece of song writing here, making for another great soulful ballad by Ms. Koku Gonza. Things come off a bit bluesier to me on this one. The track belongs in a movie somewhere, starring Lauren Hill.
8. “Never Moved Fast” - This gets the award for the most intriguing synths I've heard
in quite some time. If you enjoy the music of, and sound effects off of anything NES and or SNES oriented, then you’ll definitely get something out of a listen to this particular track. Quite a rather spooky sounding piece here to be honest, featuring a haunting but a rather very sexy vocal performance by Koku, with a song concept that gives one visions of a dramatic night in tribal Africa.
9. “Birds Fly” - And finally, the grand finale offers probably the catchiest song on the album. A very well written tune, opening with some stand-up bass playing, that dips into a very “cabaret-esque” performance. This one also features some awesome blues guitar playing, which you unfortunately don't often hear too much on things anymore, these days. Very Bailey Rae once again, with maybe a touch of some “Lilly Allen” (imagine that!) all rolled into one here folks! Yep. My first impression of this track was of how interesting it was for the very fact that it offers up like a buffet of genres all at once! Quite uplifting, and such a fun treat to close out the compilation.
Although the album gives an impression that there seems to be no genre that defines Koku Gonza,
in the end, i think its fair to say that over all “Radiozophrenic” offers an exceptional bit of a jazz/ pop combo.
If you ever wondered how an artist can have a world sound, yet still have the ingredients to infuse musical elements that are very contemporary, look no further. The ethnic prowess of Koku Gonza's album is the story of her life, told in her soulful-pop-folk style that is unmatched by anyone currently in the threading of independent music. A guitarist, singer, songwriter, and model, she handles the various aspects of her music with grace and poignancy; great production, musicianship, performance, arrangement, and storytelling. Her international video from this album "L.O.V.E" has provided a wider audience for her appeal, and selections like "Koku Gonza Song", "One", and "Love Of A Star" are essential fixtures in her library of universal soul-folk standards. If you are reading this to determine your purchase, then I'll simply say that you must buy it...and by "it", I mean the entire album.
Top Albums and Songs by Koku Gonza
||L.O.V.E||Radiozophrenic||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||One||Radiozophrenic||6:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Aliens Interlude||Radiozophrenic||1:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Eyes Touching Me||Radiozophrenic||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Koku Gonza Song||Radiozophrenic||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Clearest Sky (feat. Lonnie Plaxico & Christopher McBride)||Love Culture||4:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love of a Star||Radiozophrenic||4:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where Are You||Radiozophrenic||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Never Moved Fast||Radiozophrenic||3:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Birds Fly||Radiozophrenic||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|