Alice Russell Under the Munka Moon II (Tru Thoughts) It's the sort of voice that stops you in your tracks. And British-based singer Alice Russell is using it to cut across blues, soul, funk - and lot more genres besides. Following on from the success of the first Under the Munka Moon compilation, this release dips into the well of joint ventures, remixes and alternate takes that have kept Russell busy over the past few years. And its 13 tracks delve into some previously unchartered waters as well. Hence the flirtation with broken beats (thanks to the efforts of Bugz in the Attic) on Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, reggae on Hurry on Now (Boub remix), and jazzed-up drum'n'bass on To Know This (Nu:Tone). While at times it might be wildly eclectic, the whole collection rests on the strength of Russell's incredible vocals. And not once does she fail to rise to the occasion. Standouts include a funked-up version of I Don't Need This Trouble, straight out of the Prince songbook and Nostalgia 77's brutal reworking of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army. Russell's scorching vocal work - laid bare over a haunting horn section - strips the song to its bones. An added bonus is the fact that a number of tracks have been recorded live, including an acoustic version of Mean to Me that borders on the burlesque. OK, so there's only a few new tracks - three in fact - but Russell has put so much work into the remainder that it's like hearing them for the first time anyway. Russell has depth and range: expect to hear a lot more from her.