By Peter Boskey

When most people think of musical acts coming out of London, chances are they think of rock or electronic music.

With this in mind, Floetry comes as a complete shock. The London-based duo consists of singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius and songwriter/rapper Natalie Stewart. With the help of Philadelphia-based producer Jeffrey “Jazzy Jeff” Townes (yes, that “Jazzy Jeff”), “Floetic” ends up being a blend of jazzy hip-hop and groovin’ R&B, without the “baby mama” theme.

-The album starts with a short introduction called “Big Ben” and immediately engulfs the listener into the jazzy-Philadelphia vibe. Next is “Floetic,” which has a jazzy hip-hop feel. With a sampled horn lick backing Ambrosius’ thick harmonies, there is no wonder why “Floetic” already is getting radio play. Next is “Ms. Stress,” which is a slow, mellow R&B track with a string quartet backing the two women. “Sunshine” is another slow track where Ambrosius pulls off beautiful harmonies while taking turns with Stewart.

“Getting Late” has a warm vintage vibe due to the added vinyl sound in the background. The song ends up being a perfect soulful ballad to put on if you are one of those that need help in “getting your mack on.” “Fun” is a happier track that bumps incredibly, but the double-tracking of the women’s voices causes the vocals to sound a bit sloppy. “Mr. Messed Up” displays the producer’s ability with synthesizers, but is difficult to hear because the bass is too loud.

An acoustic piano and studded cymbal open “Say Yes,” which is a blend of lounge jazz with smooth R&B. “Hello” is another slow jam and not much is heard backing Floetry’s voices besides a drum beat and a bass, causing the vocal performance to be emphasized. “Headache” is a quicker jazzy track followed by “Hey You,” a slower track with excellent use of jazz guitar and synthesizer sounds. “If I was a Bird” opens with a flow that sounds more like a poem reading, and “Opera” is modeled after its name – the vocals have a classical feel to them instead of a jazz feel.

Floetry’s “Floetic” proves to be something different.