Smoove & Turrell's upcoming new album "Stratos Bleu" marks a sea change as the Geordie soul band shift into the more electronic territories that they have previously only briefly indulged in. And new track "This Time" is the epitome of this new approach with main keys man, Mike Porter's enormous synth collection gets dusted off to help create a sound that emanates early 90's dancefloor nostalgia.
Vocalist John Turrell's voice is as usual a wonderful centerpiece for the crew to work around, and they sure know how to frame it... Uplifting melodies, driving four to floor beats, and a deliciously funk-infused bass all contribute to the euphoria, which the production mastermind of the crew -Smoove, has then meticulously polished to help this track shine in it's full glory. Add to that a humorous video created during lockdown and you have yourself a tasty morsel indeed!
The UK's funk brothers are back! After 2 years working hard in their studio in Leeds in the north of England, The Haggis Horns are ready to drop album number 5! "Stand Up For Love" is released worldwide on their own label Haggis Records on the 22nd May on Vinyl, CD and Digital. This album has them doing what they've done best from day one...kicking the funk! Plus the spotlight is truly on the band - no special guests, just Haggis Horns band members past and present including "Hot Damn!" singer John McCallum who features on seven out of the nine tracks making this their most vocal led album to date.
"Stand Up For Love" is their 5th album and as always it drips with funk and soul magic which show the band's love for early/mid 70's artists. From pure funk club bangers like "Shoulder To Shoulder" and "Haggis Express" to deeper soulful sounds of "Ain't Nothing But Love In The End", "Give It Up" and "Ain't Loving One Another" (which features one of many stand out vocal performances by John McCallum) it's a mix that makes sure all musical bases are covered. Also original percussionist/conga player Sam Bell is back recording with the band and once again adding some latin fire to the Haggis Horns sound. There's even a soulful reggae track on this one, the album title song "Stand Up for Love". Two decades on, numerous releases, hundreds of gigs worldwide, this 5th album proves that The Haggis Horns are still kings of the hill when it comes to UK Funk and Soul.
That's true about TSI whose recent slew of singles have been through the gamut of tough funk such as in "Yard Of Hard Ft Fred Wesley") deep soul, with their explosive cover of Barbara Lynne's "I'm A Good Woman" and now with this, a soul jazz gem, "Back From The Brink (Harder Than You Think)". This souped up, revamped version, marks a maturation point between artist and producer Kraznet Montpeliers hedding the old and moving boldly forward, both sonically and lyrically. "Back From The Brink (Harder Than You Think)" is a strong effort, showcasing the knack at creating dynamic, vibrant and memorable music which carries well as a stand alone single.