Take a blisteringly energetic and danceable trip with London's Hot Border
Special and their eponymously titled debut long player - There really isn't
anything quite like it.
With Influences ranging from afrobeat to rock, highlife to funk, and even a hint
towards samba, listening serves to affirm this LP's effortlessness, it's an
uplifting and joyous audio mystery tour - marvellous surprises seem to be hiding
around every corner.
The musicianship is tight - raw, rootsy and percussion heavy rhythms underpin
lush interwoven guitar melodies - and its seriously rich, so rich in fact that
you don't even notice the absence of a vocalist!
This 10 track affair takes you on an exhilarating ride of light and shade - up
tempo bangers like El Frantico and Hot Border Express get the bodies moving,
while the more dark and sinister tracks like Mulartoo Deetoo and Wei Wu Wei
transport your soul to an iboga style trance.
With a killer live band to boot you'll be hearing more from/about Hot Border
New Mastersounds bassist and music producer Pete
Shand finds an outlet for his Jamaican roots with this sun-drenched reggae
album, a collaborative studio project recorded between Menorca (where he's now
based), Yorkshire (where he hails from) and New York City (where he regularly
records & performs) - an international collaboration featuring Brian J (Pimps of
Joytime, Brooklyn), Aoife Hearty (Rodina, UK), Kirsty Rock (Easy-Star All Stars,
NYC) & Jits and The Mighty Froggy (Leeds Underground).
Pete says: "Since relocating to Menorca some 7 years ago,
the ambience and cool Balearic pace has been a constant inspiration. The formation of SWG as a music-making team occurred quite naturally, with William Woodlock, the
musician/producer who introduced me to the island & Gareth
Colley, my long time production partner in the UK. Having set out just to have
fun and make beats in the sun, as an album took shape we consciously
decided on a feel-good vibe: holiday music; nothing too challenging or intense.
We hope you enjoy having our soundtrack in your lives."
The New Mastersounds - Whistle Song
A slice of funky British silliness from their latest album
L to R: Simon, Pete, Eddie & Joe
Lack of Afro - Music For Adverts
A wide ranging, eclectic and progressive musical outlook has always been the
Lack of Afro approach. His latest material follows suit as he harnesses
disparate musical styles ranging from funk, soul and hip-hop to create a
contemporary yet vintage musical escapade of superb songs. On his 4th studio
album, the influences, sounds and musical textures are more eclectic than ever.
Music For Adverts is stuffed with beautiful audio gems of all
varieties - from those 'proper songs', though tough nut, hard hip hop jams,
deeply grooving funk - Lack of Afro has mastery of many genres, production &
various instruments, which is why this album is a fully formed tour de force
through contemporary soul.
The LOA live band are currently on tour through to 31st July 2014 -
check here for full tour dates.
Hot Border Special - Shockheaded Sweetheart - Live At Rimshot
Hot Border Special: Afro Funk Soul Rock from London. Debut LP
released on Vinyl in September 2014.
The New Mastersounds - Therapy
The NINTH studio album, recorded at Scanhope Sound - a beautiful studio near to
Red Rocks, Colorado, in September 2013. Therapy features guest performances from
vocalist Kim Dawson (The Motet) and sax player Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce).
There’s quite the sonic spectrum on there: (spoiler alert!) Keb Dargey deep funk
(Old Man Noises), Ramsey Lewis-esque souljazz (Morning Fly), old-school soul-pop
(I Want You to Stay), classic Meters-y NMS (Monday Meters), some St Germaine-ish
jazz house (When it Rains…), funky British silliness (Whistle Song, Slow Down),
JB groove (Soul Sista), Doorsy mellow jazz (Detox), a protest tune (WWIII), and
a contemporary pop song done in the style of a 1974 George Benson instrumental
cover version (Bruno Mars’s Treasure). Produced, as all previous NMS titles, by
our guitarist Eddie Roberts.