I haven’t been impressed by a debut single such as this in QUITE a while.
Los Angeles native Angie Fisher is poised to reinvigorate American soul if the rest of her debut album sounds like her first single, “I.R.S.”. What a powerful introduction she is serving up with this short yet impactful song. The original “I.R.S.” was actually done by B.Slade, the virtuoso previously known to many as Tonex, on his Diesel album. Angie snatches this song from his indomitable catalog and truly makes it her own, and still sings it with just as much aplomb as he did. She’s signed to Hidden Beach Records, known of course for another Sista of Soul, Jill Scott, and this is her first official release on the label.
She comes out the gate swinging for the fences and never looks back. The song just drips emotion from the outset and it does NOT stop. Clocking in at just under 3 minutes, it’s a short ride but full of thrills vocally as Angie emotes and barks her way through the song. This song could serve as the theme song for a lot of Black celebrities (we see you Wesley Snipes) who’ve not paid Uncle Sam, if you ask me.
What do you think of Angie Fisher’s first single? I’m glad someone American is bringing soul back to our shores. Besides Sharon Jones & Alice Russell, I haven’t heard anything this drenched with the blues that makes up the B in R&B in quite a while on the radio. I’m here for it.
Get into this clip of B. Slade singing “I.R.S.” after the jump, if you’re interested!