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alt'Stay Good' is the latest album from BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS ... a veteran outfit that now consists UK-born Anna Brooks (sax & vocals), Iwan VanHetten (trumpet, keyboards & vocals), Londoner Desmond Foster (guitar & vocals), Swedish Lati Kronlund (bass) and Swedish Roma Hux Nettermalm (drums)... a diverse line-up, for sure and between them they create a diverse, eclectic groove!

And yes, the band peddle plenty of funk – the clue's in the name, but there's a lot more than raw, powerful funk on offer here. For starters, try the album's closer...a wonderful version of Alison Limerick's 1990 hit 'Where Love Lies' ... and guess who the band bring in for the vocals here? Yes – Ms Limerick herself! Alison penned the song with Lati Kronlund and this new take is irresistible, as is another Limerick fronted outing, the LP's title cut – a sinuous, smouldering funk groove and another Limerick/ Kronlund song. Ms Limerick is also at the mic for the sweet soul groove, 'Ain't Nothing' – a duet with guitarist Desmond Foster.

'Watcha Want From Me' is another album highlight. It was originally titled 'Whadda U Want (From Me)' and Kronlund co-wrote it for the late Frankie Knuckles' second record. This new version features updated lyrics inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The album's real gem though is a very gentle 'Breeze On Me'. More a vibe than a tailored song, it's a cover of a little known Leena Conquest tune that was released by boutique soul label Cafe De Soul way back in 2002. It makes a wonderful counterpoint to some of the funkier outings and it has the potential to be one of this year's big tunes... give it a try!

BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS Stay Good (Dorado Records) out now

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2019 13:15


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