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Hugo’s debut successfully fuses R&B with the timeless tones of Southern gospel and the kind of ‘60s soul that had sharply dressed mods grooving in underground clubs of the singer/songwriter’s London home. The title-track opens with a timelessly produced beat pounding under contagious grooves, subtle wah-wah guitar and Hugo’s comfortable tenor crooning in a demure cool. His amazing cover of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” turns the tune into a boot-stomping, banjo-dappled, tambourine-shaking, Southern spiritual that sounds more rooted in the bluesy foundation of the 1969 song “Oh Well” from Fleetwood Mac (back when guitar luminary Peter Green fronted the band). “Bread & Butter” recalls a time in the mid- to late ‘90s when Beck was braiding Delta blues with dorm-room funk, while the near anthemic “Hopelessly Stoned” bestows a Moog-trimmed hymn to the jam band population. “Hurt Makes It Beautiful” builds on the Jamiroquai template to deliver a soulful ballad bolstered by buoyant beats and soaring inflections before the catchy “Mekong River Delta” turns pre-millennial post-modern pop into something free from the trappings of genre classification.

Customer Reviews

Solid & Soulful

I have been hitting as many concerts as possible to find that one artist / band to seriously take over and move me beyond the norm. This album, Hugo and his People have done just that.
There is no getting around the cool vibes of 99 Problems and Bread & Butter ( Sweet & Naughty ;-) )but the rest of this album is fresh, inviting and leaves you hungry for more.

As I had the opportunity to stand directly in front of them and not but 10 feet away to watch, listen and learn about this groovy band standing before me I fell in Love, but when Hugo came out at encore and stood alone and performed "Wake Alone" I was completely blown away and it actually brought me to tears. It was just Soulful.

I highly recommend this album.

Rock on My People.


I saw Hugo in concert a few weeks ago. This album is great been listen to it daily for 2 weeks now. This cat has got soul. Buy it!

Tight jeans and Guitar Strings

A singer and songwriter with a unique voice and great potential. Now with the new exposure from JayZ's record level this is just the beginning of what's to come from Hugo! Jump aboard the following and chill out to some fresh music.


Born: England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although born in England, singer/songwriter Hugo Chakrabongse spent most of his childhood and early adulthood in Thailand, where he acted in several Thai soap operas before forming his first band, Siplor. The band’s early performances — a mix of original tunes, Jefferson Airplane covers, and the theme song to one of Hugo’s soaps — were dodgy at best, but Siplor eventually rose to the top of Thailand’s rock scene, known equally for their psychedelic...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: May 10, 2011
  • Parental Advisory

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