On the heels of his last single, Merlon Devine returns with “Vigor.” Intriguingly, the first thing you hear on “Vigor” – just before Devine’s trademark smoky emotional horn introduces the beautiful rhythmic melody, is the soulful, jangling rhythm guitar of Freddie Fox. If his vibe on rhythm and later electric sounds familiar, that just means you’ve been attuned to contemporary urban jazz these past few decades as Fox has added both sensual and explosive string excitement to projects by the likes of Lin Rountree, Cindy Bradley, Michael Lington and George Benson/Al Jarreau. Right off the bat, Devine and Fox create a stunning dual melodic fire on the hook over a funked up groove, surrounded by some old school soul effects and dreamy atmosphere.