Monday, August 15, 2011
Retro-soul acts out of the UK are about as novel as cockroaches in a tenement kitchen. But The New Mastersounds have been given the seal of approval by Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley of James Brown's J.B.'s and George Porter Jr. and Art Neville of The Meters, so I thought I'd give their just released album "Breaks From The Border" a go. I was not disappointed.
It's what you'd expect, funky grooves and badass breaks, but there's a bit more, like the Georgie Fame jazz and soul rave-up of "Free Man." Or, the classic organ trio sound of "Passport," which calls to mind the great Jimmy Smith, if Smith had a vocalist.
These guys have been making music for 10 years and yet this is really the first time I started paying attention. I'm inclined to start digging deeper, now that I've been suckered in. But, I think I'll wait a bit and just savor "Breaks From The Border." Something tells me, it might be their best work so far.
Check out "On The Border" below and the whole record HERE.
On The Border