This is both, a sound and voice to take heed in 2013. Lakecia Benjamin has the just right amount of sharpness and inventiveness that could line her up with Santigold or Azealia Banks, only perhaps a little more undulated. Her talents are simply too long to list. More than a singer, songwriter, Ms. Benjamin is a saxophonist and band leader, her sound resulting in a precious alloy of discordant jazz and easy-on-the-ears soul.
Her single “Jump and Shout,” has all the tricks of groove, sultry vocals, and that New York urban grit that she isn’t aspiring to depict, but simply exudes.