TONY MOMRELLE – KEEP PUSHING
Wonderful solo work from Tony Momrelle – a singer you may know from his tremendous contributions to Incognito and Reel People over the years, and a hell of a soul artist on his own! Tony may well be one of the UK's best male soul singers these days – and he steps forth beautifully here on a set of tracks that are couched in all the warm tones of his best work with Incognito, with lots of jazzy touches in the instrumentation, and a rock-solid groove in the rhythms! Momrelle soars out wonderfully on his vocals – with a style that's somewhere in the Stevie Wonder side of the spectrum, but also very much Tony's own, too – instantly classic, on titles that include "It's Real", "Back Together Again", "Pick Me Up", "It's Real", "A Million Ways", "All The Things You Are", "Different Street", and "Keep Pushing", which features a guest appearance by Talib Kweli. ~ Dusty Groove
KOUTE JAZZ: A COLLECTION OF JAZZ TRACKS FROM THE FRENCH WEST INDIES
A really beautiful collection of jazz with strong Caribbean roots – music from the French West Indies, and served up with a vibe that's completely unique! This isn't calypso jazz, or reggae-inflected Jamaican jazz – and not even Cuban jazz, either – but instead this very fresh strand with wonderfully soulful elements – often a mixing of electric and acoustic elements, with rhythms that are quite different than the usual! If anything, there might be a stronger link here between the hippest African jazz of the late 70s – and maybe some of the spiritual jazz in the US a few years before – but there's also a rhythmic complexity that's very much this scene's own – and which often makes these tunes come alive in ways that are extremely vital, and well worth discovering. Many numbers mix keyboard or guitar parts with raw acoustic percussion, and strong reed or trumpet solos – and titles include "Gwadloup" by Edmondy Krater & Zepiss, "Kominike" by Erick Cosaque, "Vini Coute E Tann" by Jse Macliere, "Nikita" by Kat-Tet, "Mama Says" by Max Labor, "Crepuscule Tropical" by Max Cilla, "Wache" by Francisco, and "Soprann Aux Antilles" by Camille Soprann Hildevert. ~ Dusty Groove
THE MILK – FAVORITE WORRY
Fuelled by a rediscovery of the music and artists that originally inspired their formation, the four walls of their studio were ablaze with a soundtrack of Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers throughout the songwriting process for their new album. From the swagger of symphonic opener 'Wanderlust' to heartfelt ballad 'Lose That Way' to the thunderous blues of the closing title track; The Milk's confidence in these songs and their execution is clearly audible. Captured in a tireless outburst of creativity at the end of 2014, 'Favourite Worry' is The Milk at their soulful, honest and engaging best. Includes: Wanderlust; Loneliness Has Eyes; No Interruptions; Darling What's Wrong?; Deliver Me; Don't Give up the Night; Lose That Way; Trouble Gonna Bring Me Down; What Did I Do to My Love; and Favourite Worry.