Round 1: IMPACT, Round 2: THE MOCHASUTRA, Round 3: REFIXX, Round 4: BLACK.OUT: Disc 1, Round 5: MARRY ME, Round 6: CODE RED.
Round seven brings forth COUTURE (CR-2), a twenty-two track adventure of never-ending funk, frolicking and verbal foreplay. This is Tori Fixx today, yesterday and even yet to come. “All of my work has lead to this album”, proclaims the man known as one of the Godfathers of Out Hip-Hop music. “It’s the perfect blend of past, present and future as far as my voice, my sound, and overall production.” And that’s just being modest.
COUTURE (CR-2) is doused in melodic hooks and catchy choruses, which has always been a trademark of Mr. Fixx, but here the hooks and choruses are dominating and un-forgetful with harmonies that are as rich and layered as a triple-decker German Chocolate cake. Tori has surely found new comfort in his singing voice most notably in such jams like “All Becuz”, the futuristic “Bare” and the tear jerking ballad called “Let Him Go”. Be it solo or joined by guest vocalist Lady Roth, T. Fixx is singing on nearly half of the tracks on this record much unlike his past work. It’s apparent that the phenomenon is evolving and looking to expand his audience as well as continue to mesh so many genres into a fresh on the ears, commercial sound.
Classic T. Fixx can still be found on this record in such bangers like “Massive”, “Double Dutch”, “I’m The Same”, and “Hip Hop Ain’t Me” in which Tori just sticks to being a storytelling emcee with a dope beat and a mic. Guaranteed to keep old Fixx fans satisfied, but COUTURE (CR-2) is all about new territory and experimentation such as the already fan favorite, “Cowboy”. A hybrid of dance, hip-hop and country that makes for one hell of a crossover hit record for dance-floors and radio stations alike (and he’s even got a new line dance for the song). On songs like “Bare”, “Girls Play”, “Can Eye Luv U?” “He’s Gone” and the first single and playful new anthem “WOOF!” T. Fixx taps into his knowledge and skills as a disc jockey to bring forth an electro drenched, funky, hip-house sound reminiscent of the likes of Kraftwerk, Parliament/Funkadelic and Roger Troutman all the way up to Daft Punk but still keeping many of the songs between 110-116 BPMs (for all of you DJ’s out there).
Yes the politics and activism is still here (“Eye Want to Know”, “I’m The Same”, “Hip Hop Ain’t Me?”). Yes the sex is still here as well (“Stunts & Shows”, “Dat Boi”, “Who Do U Want Me 2 B?”) And of course no T. Fixx album is complete without at least ONE anthem, which this time comes in the form of a jam called “DRANK!” (Just play it once and you’ll see). Add in guest appearances from MELANGE LAVONNE, DEADLEE, LAST OFFENCE, TIM’M T. WEST, UNECC, DA LYRICAL, FOXXJAZELL, DOWNLOW, YOLANDA ROTH, GOD-DES & SHE and JOHNNY D.A.N.G.E.R.O.U.S, all over tracks produced by “T. Fixx in the Mixx” and the recipe is complete. In 2007, The Advocate Magazine deemed Tori Fixx “The most ready for prime time” in Out Hip-Hop. COUTURE (CR-2) may well be the album to get him there.