U-Nam is back with anew album for 2019. It is called The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2), and it is the follow up to the smash Future Love. The story is that U-Nam recorded so many tracks for the Future Love album, that he had several songs that did not “make the cut.” Well, most of the tracks on The Love Vault were the ones that did not make that original album.
Let’s just say we are glad that U-Nam went back to revisit some of those songs. Once you take a listen, you will wonder why he did not release a double album to begin with!
Review – “The Love Vault” by U-Nam
The set starts off with Love Potion. The song is really a party starter, and you can hear the late 70’s funk edge to it. U-Nam is playing over that beat like it is a jam session, and you will immediately realize that he is a master of the guitar. We especially like the breakdown at about three minutes in. You also get a little icing on that dessert with a taste of the vocoder in the track.
Back Seat Lover is up next. This is a vocal track….sort of. U-Nam’s vocoder provides the lead vocal. This is another uptempo party track where the keyboards drive the song. The backing vocals will definitely make you sing along.
If I had to sum up U-Nam’s style with one track, it would be Sexy Fresh. This is a mid-tempo groove with a bassline that will make you groove in your seat. You will also hear the George Benson influences with the guitar riffs. This is some great musicianship right here.
If you are ready for some 80’s retro funk, then You and Me (High Priority) is for you. I am getting some P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) vibes here. You really cannot go wrong with these synthesizers and U-nam once again shows off the guitar riffs.
It is time to break it down a little with Sharlee. I will go out on a limb and say this track will be one of your favorite Smooth Jazz slow jams of 2019. It really has a nice arrangement and it is a song that should be on your “desert island” playlist.
Soul Walkin’ is up next. Now it seems like we are driving through the decades, as this one has a slight New Jack Swing beat to it. If you listen closely, you will hear those horn hits in the background. This was a staple in 90’s R&B. This is a total feel good song.
Into The Night is up next. This track really shows off U-Nam’s guitar prowess. This track also has an Old School flavor and the song should put him up there with the guitar greats of today.
In Sunset Groove, you get a mid-tempo song with a nice guitar lead, BUT we have some horns that compliment that lead guitar. The piano fills complete the song. I am sure you all will like this track.
If you want to hit the dance floor, then Celebrate Your Body is the one for you. This is a cross between 70’s disco and current EDM. This is the instrumental version of the J.D’s Time Machine hit that was released earlier this year. Whether you like the vocal or the instrumental, this track will get you out of your seat.
The set concludes with Hear My Dear. The track features Magdalena Chovancova on the sax and flute. This definitely has a Barry White vibe, and it goes without saying that you cannot get too much of that! Check it out below.
Nostalgia is the theme for this album. U-Nam is great at creating music that brings you back just a little. There are several tracks that stand out, and I am sure that you will add several songs from The Love Vault (Future Love Part 2) to your playlist.