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Alice Russell: Big-Voiced British Soul

Watch the British soul singer and her band perform "To Dust" in the Soundcheck studio.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Alice Russell performs in the Soundcheck studio. Alice Russell performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

The British soul singer Alice Russell's career has been something of a slow burn -- full of experimentation and lots of collaboration. She first turned heads back in 2006 with a cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army"; David Byrne tapped her for his recent concept album Here Lies Love; and last year she collaborated on a cumbia-influenced album with the producer Quantic. Now, after a long wait, she’s released a brand new solo album -- her fifth -- called To Dust. Alice Russell and her band play live in the Soundcheck studio.

Hear their performance, including the songs "Hard And Strong," and "To Dust." Plus, a stream, below, of Russell's arresting cover of James Blake's "Retrograde."

Alice Russell - Retrograde (James Blake cover)

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    Comments [1]

    Howard Taylor from California

    Addicted to her album To Dust. Digging this interview! Hope every radio station will play Alice's music; thank you!

    May. 21 2013 05:54 PM

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