Last year we got to know all about  MARCUS MALONE & THE MOTOR CITY HUSTLERS – a new(ish) band marshalled by veterans, Marcus Malone  and  Dan Smith of the Noisettes.  To remind you, Detroit vocalist, Malone has an impressive CV. He’s previously worked with Mitch Rider’s ‘Detroit Wheels’, hung out with the MC5, and opened for Bog Seger and Iggy Pop. He’s released music on United Artists Records and Motown, producing an all-black original rock band for that  label. Then, working the European festival scene, he became  a member of London’s All Star Collective and his albums, ‘Stand Or Fall’  and a ‘A Better Man’ have won a plethora of blues awards. For his part Smith had earlier worked with Malone on the albums, ‘Walking Shoes’ (2002) and ‘Blue Radio’ (2003) and as founder of the Noisettes, he’s enjoyed considerable pop success but it’s soul and blues that remain his  first loves. Consequently when the duo recently reunited  it was a no brainer for them to decide to make some real old school  R&B and soul and that’s what their album ‘Interstate 25’ was all about!

If you missed out on it, the label, Ramrock, is now offering a gentle (well not so gentle) reminder with the release of one of the sets key cuts as a standalone single. It’s a searing ‘Hurt Walks Out The Door’ – property old school with a vocal as passionate as you’d expect from a man with a CV like Marcus’. This one is good to go from February 24th via Ramrock.