Bing Ji Ling

Sunshine for Your Mind

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Bing Ji Ling's 2011 effort, Shadow to Shine, was a kaleidoscopic, fuzz guitar and horn-laden production that showcased N.Y.C.-based singer/songwriter Quinn Luke aka Bing Ji Ling's '60 and '70s-inspired pop and soul. Ling's similarly '70s-centric follow-up, 2014's covers album Sunshine for Your Mind, is a much more laid-back, stripped-down affair that often simply features Ling accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. While there is still a heavy soul and R&B vibe on Sunshine for Your Mind, the album also finds Ling branching out into other chilled-out sounds, like his Latin-tinged take on Prince's "Anotherloverholenyohead" and his similarly groove-heavy, Afro-pop-sounding version of Lil' Louis' "Club Lonely." Elsewhere, we get several more inspired reworkings of R&B hits, including DeBarge's "I Like It," Sade's "Kiss of Life," and Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby." We even get to hear Ling delve into the American Popular Songbook with his take on pianist Erroll Garner's classic ballad "Misty." A soft-focus album and a bit of an aperitif until Ling delivers a bigger production, Sunshine for Your Mind is still a superb listen for all your romantic afterglow events.

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