Locally born and bred songstress Karina Iglesias has got more soul than a sock with a hole -- one listen to her music gives that away. Songs from the singer-songwriter's repertoire traverse R&B, funk, and beyond, while remaining smooth but down to earth. Her sultry, throaty vocal style easily navigates the crisp, funk-infused guitar work, playfully bobbing bass lines, and bright horns of original songs like "The Way," off her recent eponymous debut album. "Whatever You Want," meanwhile, displays her chops in a completely different arena, with a foray into the pop-house arena.
But smooth as butter neo-soul is where Iglesias truly shines. Downtempo and mournful ballads like "Good For Me," "Make A Little Room" and "It's Not Easy" are reminiscent of Alicia Keys, while the midtempo funk and R&B fusion of "Stand In The Light" and "Change" are redolent with traces of India.Arie and Erykah Badu.
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Iglesias truly shines, though, onstage. While her studio vocal work is resplendent, live is where it really shimmers -- a good thing, since she is, lately, gigging nonstop on the local circuit.
Karina Iglesias performs at Kitchen 305 inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort along with Samantha Natalie on Wednesday, August 5 for the "Soultry Nights" party. There's no cover. 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. 305-749-2110; newportbeachsideresort.com and myspace.com/kitchen305