by Eric Tullis
Surely I'm not the only one who's always had a super crush on that adorable, freckled-faced, Saturday Night Live alumnus Maya Rudolph. Also, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's recently discovered that she is the daughter of the late singer Minnie Ripperton, mostly known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You". In the odd case that you don't know Minnie Ripperton, this Stevie Wonder explanation should help you out. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on Durham's Yahzarah to reinvent Ripperton's "Perfect Angel" on ZO!'s ...Just Visiting Too— the latest gift brought to you by Phonte and Nicolay's Foreign Exchange Music label.
After all, did you really think that Phonte and his jheri curl wig were going to disappear? Well, they (along with Detroit, Mich., ZO!) didn't, and today, Phonte (sans the wig) and his Foreign Exchange partner, Nicolay, released their bandmate, ZO!'s ... JUST VISITING TOO EP. It's free and you can download it here.
This seven-song EP, garnished with North Carolina vocalists like Yahzarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand and Phonte himself, is a purse-full of soul renewals ranging from Rod Temperton's "Somethin' Special" to Bobby Caldwell's "My Flame".