Most soul fans know and love the Willie Mitchell, Don Bryant-vocalised classic ‘That Driving Beat’. I’m thinking though that not too many will know that THAT DRIVING BEAT is also the name of a Swedish soul band who peddle their own take on classic soul… obviously influenced by the wonderful sounds of people like Willie Mitchell.
We first got to know the band back in 2019 via a single that paired covers of Honey & the Bees 1969 outing ‘Love Addict’ with a faithful version of the raucous Edwin Starr classic ‘My Weakness Is You’. Both were fronted by a lovely female singer who delivered authentically. (Sadly we don’t know the name since the band have three female vocalists, Yvonne Hartmann, Ulrika Orre and Cecilia Naurén)
‘We’ve learned that during the pandemic, That Driving Beat changed tack just a little and began writing, recording and performing their own material. The first fruit of that was last year’s Let’s Break Down”, an up-tempo item which is now followed with a gentler single, ‘Come Back Home’ . This one was written by guitarist Mikael Ledin and Ms Orre, so, we’re guessing that it’s her on the sweet and lovely vocals that speak of memories of childhood friends and how can we reunite, despite the distance in time and space. There is an air of melancholy about the cut but it melody and catchiness also delivers a measure of optimism. It’s out now via AMTY Records. You can catch the video @ https://youtu.be/saIcN9lM474