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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS - AN INTRODUCTION TO..VOL.2 label:LÉGERE (LEGO-042)

 

 

Tracklist

01. Can You Get It (Remix)
02. I Mean It So
03. King Comforter
04. Freckles
05. Idris (live)
06. Kuna Matata
07. Make Me Proud!
08. One Note Brown
09. The Road To Fuji Rock
10. The Vandenburg Suite
11. Up In The Air
12. Wack!
13. You Got It All
14. Bring It On
15. Talk The Talk
16. Spooky (live)

The history of The New Mastersounds starts in the late 1990s. Guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called "The Cooker." Here the original version of NMS was called into life, already featuring drummer Simon Allen and bass player Pete Shand. With Joe Tatton on board now as organ player they released on labels like Freestyle and Record Kicks, are running their own One Note Records and played with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers ranging from Lou Donaldson (Blue Note) to  Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI), from Keb Darge & Kenny Dope to Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), George Porter Jr (The Meters) and Art Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters). As an example of the respect this band commands, Peter Wermelinger - DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers' bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon - places the 2001 NMS track 'Turn This Thing Around' in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk. The New Mastersounds released their first ever US recorded album in 2011: „Breaks From The Border“. It marks a new era in the band's sonic landscape by topping their unique syncopated grooves with group vocal styling. Band tested, fan approved.

„An Introduction To The New Mastersounds Vol. 2“ contains their first ever released 45 and signature tune „One Note Brown“ as well as some tracks which were unreleased until now. „Can You Get It“ is a remix of the „Breaks From The Border“ album favourite and works perfectly as a kind NMS theme. „Talk That Talk“ and „Wack!“ on the other hand hail back to the gritty funk era of the band’s early output curated by Keb Darge. This compilation shows the whole funky diversity of a great band that already recorded 11 albums. On „An Introduction To The New Mastersounds Vol.2“ you will find heavy grooves galore, cool songwriting, a top notch sound and a natural smartness which is fairly unequalled in the genre. What more can you ask for.