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.
BY PHIL ISTINE
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