Nottingham, England-based singer Rachel Foster is U.K. act Weekend Players.
Nottingham, England-based singer Rachel Foster is U.K. act Weekend Players. She is the owner of a voice that at times sounds like a cross between Sade and Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, encompassing the jazzy, breezy, soulful, and emotional. Working with producer Andy Cato (of Groove Armada), Foster has concocted a stirring debut that is equal parts dance, electronic, and pop. "Into the Sun" and "21st Century" are gorgeous house tracks, while the title track revels in two-step shadings. "Jericho" and the Steve Reich-sampling "I'll Be There" ripple with, respectively, languid grooves and rich orchestration. "Best Days of Our Lives" and "Higher Ground" are primed for the lazy days of summer. Also included are the Soul Mekanik and Static Revenger remixes of "I'll Be There" and "Into the Sun," respectively. Simply sublime.—MP