SoulTracks Premiere: Incognito finds “Heaven” again

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(April 28, 2022) Dome Records has served as a haven for quality British R&B artists since 1992, with top-shelf talents such as Hil St Soul, Beverley Knight, and Incognito igniting or furthering their careers with the label. American purveyors of soul like Rahsaan Patterson, Angela Johnson,and Jarrod Lawson have also been on the roster.

Dome 30 Years Vol 1 collects 25 tracks from the likes of Brenda Russell, Rosie Gaines, Shaun Escoffery, and, of course, Incognito, who contribute a new reading of Idris Muhammad’s 1977 jazzy disco-funk classic, “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This.” Founder Bluey fronts the remake, injecting his trademark calm-and-collected tone into the tune’s dreamy melodies against a revamped rhythmic structure on par with Incognito’s signature hybrid of classic and modern soul elements.

The late Muhammad’s masterful drum work and vocalist Frank Floyd’s impassioned performance on the original “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This”—along with its ethereal sax section—could never be recaptured. Bluey and company, however, make a commendable effort which celebrates the song’s sophisticated essence without attempting to replicate its singularity.

Take a First Listen to Incognito’s cover of “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” below!

by Justin Kantor

SoulTracks Premiere
Incognito –  “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This”

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