Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul Searching

The Heineken Foundations' Red Star Records, a collaborative effort with Epic Records, brings together the worlds of R&B, pop, hip-hop, and trip-hop on this shining set.

The Heineken Foundations' Red Star Records, a collaborative effort with Epic Records, brings together the worlds of R&B, pop, hip-hop, and trip-hop on this shining set. Amel Larrieux and the Roots team with near perfection on "Glitches," the set's lead single, as Larrieux's jazzy riffs mix well with the witty lyrics of Roots frontman Black Thought. Erykah Badu gives listeners the mellow "Today [Earth Song]," a jazzy number that could have easily found its way on to last year's stellar Mama's Gun. Other standouts include neo-soul newcomers Glenn Lewis ("Don't You Forget It") and Jack Herrera ("High Off You"). The proceeds from Red Star Sounds will benefit VH1's Save the Music program. Future Red Star compilations will benefit various charities.—RH