It's the first truly hot day here in the UK since May and I've been feeling summery. It surely won't last. The government and opposition will no doubt put paid to that any minute now...
But whilst the seasonal goodwill presents itself it's perhaps timely to bask in the glow of the recent single by Cambridge sorts The Sound Of Pop Art. 'Freedom' brings back to life the soul jazz pop stylings that were al the rage just before I was out and about, i.e. the early 90s Acid Jazz scene, a time still revered by many a mover and shaker in London and beyond. Weller's Style Council is an obvious touchstone to the bedrock of the song, but I wouldn't want to sully anything by comparing what is essentially "a vibe" to anything else. The song is a light and unobtrusive as barely visible cumulus collections, but it can cleanse the mind like a nice hardy toke only can. For'Freedom' the time is now and tomorrow may as well not happen.
There's talent here. Louise Turner's lead vocals sound warm and genuinely inviting, the playing throughout is crisp [of course], and even Nasser Bouzida [Big Boss Man/Bongolian talent] pops up to add his bongo magic to proceedings. It's even mixed by my old Northampton mucker Andy Crofts to complete the circle. Happy daze.
'Freedom' is downloadable from iTunes and streaming on Spotify. It's taken from "Drama & Kisses", the LP scheduled for October.
I knew a blog would arrive one day. It it par for the course really, being a writer on music and also promoting it in the live [and club/bar] arena.
I'll post here as [in]frequently as is necessary. Expect anything from a few cobbled together sentences on a news topic, to interviews, to band content, and more.
It's been a strange old week in Britainsville. A profound sense of loss, anger and confusion reigns almost everywhere. And in the midst of all that the one and only Scotty Moore passes on, at the ripe old age of 84. Imagine music without his forceful picking: just try. Hard, isn't it?
As ever, seek solace in the vibrations. "Music Saves", after all.
BY PHIL ISTINE
A blog to pontificate upon music both new and old: mostly reviews, some news, interviews, thought pieces, and exclusive content.