by Natalie Liechti in New Music on Friday 6 July 2007

MC, producer and vocalist, Aloe Blacc, recently released his extraordinary debut, Shine Through, through respected hip-hop label, Stone’s Throw. The innovative soul-heavy sound has caused quite a stir, with Aloe being lauded as single-handedly reinventing the old-school genre. ‘When I perform, I feel it’s important to communicate with the people watching’, he says. ‘I believe in complete participation. I’m always trying to achieve a magical moment where everything on stage is a spontaneous improvisation that appears rehearsed’.