Boomkat Product Review:
Eglo MVP Fatima opens the label’s 15th year in business - following a ’23 defined by Chunky’s superb debut LP - with a four tracker testifying to her brand of timeless yet fresh neo-soul R&B romance
There since nearly the start of Eglo, Fatima’s pair of albums and string of singles/EPs marble its catalogue with a fine R&B/neo-soul substance emblematic of the label's tastes. On her ‘Love on Acid EP’, east London rapper and pianist Harvey Whyte follows production for Nia Wyn to furnish Fatima with a suite of alternately crispy, dusty and velvety smooth grooves that suit her style and subtly distinguish the EP from her more jazz-funk leaning chops with Joe Armon Jones on previous EP ‘Tinted Shades’.
‘Donuts Waffles Sweet Grief’ hits a woozy, stumbling sweetspot off centre of moments from Niecy Blues’ album or Sampha, and her title tune gives it some delicious heads-down slow jam soul for lovers. They lean ruggeder, velvet-ruffled on ‘New Phase’ with its subtle drill-style edit saccades, and ‘Drifting in Sight’ lets it all settle on a chef’s kiss R&B swivel burnished with swooping subs puckered into smokiest chamber R&B arrangement.