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The second tune on the New Mastersounds’ third album serves as a perfect introduction to this Leeds quartet’s approach. “All I Want (Right Now)” melds a bit of Stax-style R&B and a dab of uptown Blue Note soul jazz with the filthiest of funky break beats to fashion a distinctive sound. They also revisit rare-groove nuggets such as “Zambezi” and “You Got It All,” the latter benefiting substantially from the thrilling solo work of guest tenor saxophonist Karl Denson. Keyboardist Bob Birch switches from Hammond organ to piano for “The Tin Drum,” which is given a distinct Latin-rock feel thanks to guest percussionist Sam Bell. They also have a crack at Jimi Hendrix’s “Ain’t No Telling,” with fine success. They take things toward the stratosphere on “Land of Nod,” bring them way down on “La Cova,” and bring them home on the closing “Vandenburg Suite,” which was first released in France as a single, but remains a staple of their setlists. While a pronounced late-‘60s ambience is in evidence, there is a certain something about the NMS sound that seems decidedly of the moment — you’ll be dancing so hard it won’t matter anyway.

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Funkin Solid Effort

The New Mastersounds are a UK outfit who are channeling a righteous groove. Heard them first on Craig Charles' Funk Show on the BBC and thought wow these lads are funky. Heard them play a live gig on the BBC and was convinced they got it goin on. If you like The Meters or Galatic you're going to really appreciate this album. Land of Nod, Baby Bouncer and Vandenburg Suite are some of my favourite tracks, but the whole album is a funkin solid effort.


It is like there is a party in ma brain and everyone is invited. And that is one Dir-tay party time...Yeah!!!! Now this is some fresh businass!!! Get down, bad motha funkas


drawing comparisons to the meters and medeski, this doesn't get nearly enough credit in the modern funk and jazz community. buy, now.


Formed: 1999 in Leeds, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene, the New Mastersounds play taut, old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States. The New Mastersounds were formed in 1999 by guitarist Eddie Roberts, who was DJ'ing at a weekly club night in Leeds devoted to classic soul and funk. When the event moved to a new venue that covered two floors, Roberts...
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