Personnel includes: Nikka Costa
(vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, celeste, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Justin Stanley (guitar, Clavinet, Mellotron, Mini-Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, bass, drums); Mark Ronson (guitar, vinyl scratches); Chris Thorn (guitar); Richard Dodd (cello); Tim Izo (saxophone); Printz Board (trumpet, horns, Mini-Moog synthesizer); James Poyser (Wurlitzer piano); Guyora Kats (Fender Rhodes piano); Pino Palladino, Ben Rosen (bass); Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (drums).
Producers include: Justin Stanley, Mark Ronson, Nikka Costa
Engineers include: Justin Stanley, Russell "The Dragon" Elevado.
Recorded at Electric Lady, New York, New York, King Sound, Music Grinder and Glow 2 Studios, Los Angeles, California.
She may be the offspring of famed Sinatra arranger Don Costa, but Nikka Costa
's muse lies in a soulful fusion of rock, electronica and hip-hop. Costa ignited a buzz via the lo-fi, beat-heavy "Like A Feather" (included here as the opening track) that was used in a Tommy Hilfiger ad in Summer 2000. Released on D'Angelo's label Cheeba Sound, Costa's debut is far from empty industry hype, as she shifts gears between the percolating Sly-flavored funk of the title track to giving Macy Gray a run for her money on the R&B ballad "Just Because."
Costa's eclectic tastes also pop up via samples of The Beastie Boys (the psychedelic trip-hop of "So Have I For You"), Xavier Cugat (a drum-and-bass flavored "Tug Of War"), and Cannonball Adderley (the string-laden soul tune "Corner Of My Mind"). A delightful grab-bag of stylistic nuances, EVERYBODY GOT THEIR SOMETHING is a wonderfully organic debut that promises to find its way onto more than a few Best Of 2001 lists.