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Brand New HeaviesAll About The Funk ... CD CD format
Shanachie, 2004. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
The Brand New Heavies back on top in the early 00s – coming across with a batch of funky soul tracks that should cross over large! The sound here is much tighter and hook-heavy than on their recent Japanese release – more in the vein of the chart-crossing funk the group were cooking up at the end of their early 90s run – a blend of 70s soul influences, stripped-down production, and enough modern R&B twists to carry their work quite far from their London roots. There's a heck of a lot of guitar on the set – fuzzed-up but compressed nicely, underneath vocals from new singer Nicole Russo. Titles include "Boogie", "Waste My Time", "Need Some More", "Surrender", "How Do You Think", "How We Do This", and "I Feel Right". CD

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New Brand New HeaviesSweet Freaks ... CD CD format
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of their roots, but which also expands things a bit too – adding in some fuller backings at points, to give the music more of a 70s funky soul vibe – instead of just a straight funk approach – and occasionally even hitting some early 80s elements in the rhythms, but still with that warm, live instrumentation that's always made these guys a crucial force in keeping real soul music alive and well. Singer Dawn Joseph handles most of the vocals – and titles include "Sweet Freeek", "95 Tonight", "Bring The Rain", "Get On", "We Live For The Summer", "Self Portrait", "Sledgehammer", and "You Are The Fire". CD

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EstelleAll Of Me ... CD CD format
Atlantic, 2012. Used ... $4.99
The beats bounce right from the start – and really get things going for this cooker of an album by Estelle – funky, soulful, and plenty darn joyous all the way through! Some tunes are heavy on electronics, others are more laidback and straightly soulful – and on these numbers, Estelle really shines brightly – showing a vocal strength that's almost surprising in the context of some of the more heavily-produced numbers – and really balancing out the album nicely! Titles include "Cold Crush", "Break My Heart", "Thank You", "Wonderful Life", "Back To Love", "International (Serious)", "The Life", "Speak Ya Mind", and "Do My Thing". CD
 
 
 
 



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