Songwriter/producer/musician/DJ Vikter Duplaix adds another musical guise to his impressive rÉsumÉ (Jill Scott, King Britt, Jaguar) with this solo debut.

Songwriter/producer/musician/DJ Vikter Duplaix adds another musical guise to his impressive résumé (Jill Scott, King Britt, Jaguar) with this solo debut. Having initially cut his creative teeth on such dance singles as "Manhood" and "Sensuality," Duplaix primarily pairs here with his Axis Music Group partner James Poyser and 4hero's Marc Mac for an eclectic journey through a wide range of influences—from R&B and hip-hop to rock and Latin. If you're expecting by-the-book music here, keep steppin'. With a pleasing tenor reminiscent of Sting and Prince, Duplaix draws on his life and musical experiences both here and abroad. The result is a sometimes edgy, always thought-provoking, beat-heavy mix that hits home on such tracks as "Lust for Life," "Morena," and "Desperately." While some of the lyrics have a been-there-heard-that vibe, Duplaix more than compensates with his fresh, creative outlook.—GM