We have to admit we have a soft spot for vocalist Lauren Desberg over here at Nextbop. The young Berklee graduate, originally from LA now living in NYC, has a real knack for unearthing unusual standards or old-ish pop songs and breathing new life into them with her unique and refreshing jazz-pop aesthetics as well as surrounding herself with truly stellar musicians. We loved her first EP, Sideways, which notably featured a stunning duet rendition of the standard “You Go to my Head” alongside Gretchen Parlato. Well today Lauren Desberg has released her first full-fledged LP, Twenty-First Century Problems, which we are discovering along with you. From what we gather, the album features a few originals and a slew of covers ranging from jazz standards to 80s pop song, some obscure and some more well-known, all revisited with modern flair. The album features Taylor Eigsti on piano, Chris Smith on bass, Corey Fonville on drums, and Walter Smith III on tenor. Stream Twenty-First Century Problems below the jump and make sure to cop a copy to support the young artist.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.