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At first listen, it might be tempting to dismiss Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics as latecomers to the retro-soul revival that kicked off with outfits like The Dap Kings and Sugarman 3 at the end of the ‘90s and gained commercial traction in the following decade thanks to U.K.-based singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and others. However, this does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics a great disservice, for not only have they patiently perfected their repertoire over nearly a decade of hard gigging throughout the American south, but their debut, It’s About Time, boasts an indelibly distinct sound indebted more to the deep soul traditions of their adopted hometown of Atlanta than to the changeable fashions of the contemporary soul revival. It’s About Time represents a significant step forward from The Soulphonics’ excellent but often roughshod early singles, and it's distinguished by genuinely clever songwriting and elegant production flourishes like the multi-tiered horn parts and shivering strings that grace the title track.

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More Than An Imitation

If your knowledge of female jazz vocals is only as deep as Amy Winehouse it is easy to dismiss this album as a posthumous cash-in on the interest the late Miss Winehouse spawned in the genre. The rip of a ripe barry sax and some smokey female vocals are definitely reminding me of Amy but Amy also pushed the edges of her art to include hip/hop, ska, reggae, and even straight up rock. While I can't speak for the motive of the record label that signed them, in Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics I hear serious students of soul, motown and jazz that are still working on their craft and probably won't follow the same developmental course as the late and great Amy Winehouse (R.I.P. with much love). If only one group was allowed to spawn from a set of influences there wouldn't have been room for both the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones, or Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, or Motley Crue and Guns & Roses. I'm very interested to see how Ruby and the Soulphonics develop as a group, I think this is a good album and well worth the listen.

Best musical discovery

R&B/Soul at its finest!! This band has a bright future!

Pleasant surprise

I downloaded the free track and was hooked. Had to buy the rest of the album right after. I'm an Amy Winehouse fan and this album is right along those tracks without sounding like they're ripping her off. They have their own groove that is fun to get to know. The lead vocals are pretty impressive, too. I always love finding new bands through iTunes and these guys are no exception. If you like the free download, you'll enjoy diving into the rest of the album.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Featuring soulful lead vocals and a full horn section, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics make earthy old-school '50s and '60s-style R&B. Formed in 2005 in Gainesville, Florida by singer Ruby Velle, guitarist Scott Clayton, and organ player Spencer Garn, the band relocated to Atlanta in 2007. Two years later, they had landed a residency at the Star Bar and built a strong local following. In 2010 and 2011, Creative Loafing voted...
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