||102%||The New Mastersounds||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Witness||The New Mastersounds||5:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Carrot Juice||The New Mastersounds||6:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Thirty Three||The New Mastersounds||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Colorado Sun (Jesse's Backyard)||The New Mastersounds||4:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Give Me a Minute, Pt. 2||The New Mastersounds||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rope-a-Dope||The New Mastersounds||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hey Fela!||The New Mastersounds||5:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bus Stop No. 5||The New Mastersounds||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Return to Gijon||The New Mastersounds||3:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Forgiveness||The New Mastersounds||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Talk Is Cheap||The New Mastersounds||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||L.A. Root Down (Dub Side of the Pier)||The New Mastersounds||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Paranoid (Is It Any Wonder)||The New Mastersounds||6:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
This exciting English ensemble recycles the time-tested sounds of gritty funk, silky soul jazz, and bustling boogaloo and emerges with a refreshing and electrifying bag of their own. With drummer Simon Allen and bassist Pete Shand propelling the rhythm section, the ample grooves don’t plod, they pop; the beats are heavy but snappy, grounded but nimble; the music just seems to leap out of your speakers. “Witness,” originally by London hip-hopper Roots Manuva, has a Meters-on-acid feel, with Eddie Roberts’s guitar scratch calling to mind that of Leo Nocentelli while organist Bob Birch dances between funky Art Neville-like fills and otherworldly explorations. Thanks in part to Rob Lavers’s floating flute, “Carrot Juice” offers a bright, bluesy, psychedelic-‘60s vibe, while the full-speed-ahead “Talk Is Cheap” gets a big boost from Lavers on sax. “Thirty Three” builds on an insistent groove that allows Roberts to dig in and Birch to soar. “Hey Fela!” with Lavers again on flute, adds a tinge of African flair to the mix, while “L.A. Root Down” moves things in a dub direction. Remarkably, they’re able to reconstruct in the studio the exhilarating feel of their live shows, no small feat indeed.
Great Band, Great Album
This is a great new band from Europe, very funky, with a MMW feel at times. I have really been enjoying these guys, very fresh.
Who'd a-Funk it?
This highly talented quartet-plus-one from Great Britain has hit the States with a much-needed shot in the funky bone with its latest album 102%. With grooves channeling the likes of Grant Green, the Meters, the Greyboy Allstars, James Brown and his band, the lads from Leeds create an original take on an old American classic form with a little spice from across the pond. PS, their live shows are non-stop energy.
You have to buy this one. I have not heard music this good in a long time. It is right up there with MMW and uberjam by Scofield. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Formed: 1999 in Leeds, England
Years Active: '00s, '10s