Singles posits Duplaix as a dynamic composer of futuristic soul who has no fewer chops than his multiplatinum peers, guys like Timbaland and Kanye West. He crafted his debut single, "Message," out of spare elements -- chiming chords, synth noise, and a thumping nu-jazz beat -- yet made it sound hugely rich. Another song, "Manhood," manages to remain sensuous while sliding between slow jam, uptempo electro, and broken beat styles. But unlike any of his mentors, Duplaix carries a one-two musical punch, matching his production talents with a strong, if double-edged, singer/songwriter role. He almost never rhymes his lines, many of which are simplistic: "I've got a question/ For you/ Will you be there/ For me/ When I need you?" he sings in "City Spirits." But when he slathers those lines in vulnerably androgynous, almost Prince-like tones during his uptempo electronic funk arrangements, Duplaix comes up with a familiar yet idiomatic brand of soul you've likely not heard before. Considering how innovative and stylistically diverse chart-topping urban music has become over the years, Singles leaves the fact of Duplaix's low profile a mystery.