UK guitar man DAVE MASCALL won’t mind us calling him a music biz veteran. He’s been on the scene for quite a while working with all kinds of soul names….most notably he’s worked as a sideman with many visiting American soul artists; people like Sister Sledge, Jean Carn and Junior Walker.

More recently he’s worked on his own Acid Lounge projects – a series of albums that allows him to explore his love of upbeat and laid-back dance, funk and soul orientated grooves and Dave’s just released the fifth album in the series. The 14 tracker was heralded last year by some tasty singles – most notably the classy modern soul groove ‘Clap Your Hands’ which still shines here, especially in the Franklin D remix.

‘Acid Lounge 5’ offers plenty of other flavours too. There’s classic smooth jazz (‘Feel The Heat’), gentle acoustic workouts à la Earl Klugh (try ‘And …Breathe’), Latino shadings (‘Carnival Latino’) and plenty of soulful/funky house movers. Interestingly there’s also a rap…. ‘Run, Son’ featuring particularly English rhymed reflections from Ben Carver. The album’s other guest in chief is long time collaborator Julia Quinn who handles the lion’s share of the vocals.

Dave cites George Benson and Lee Ritenour as early influences together with more contemporary artists such as Norman Brown and Chris Standring and this, coupled with Dave’s experience in the business, makes his music instantly engaging.

DAVE MASCALL ACID LOUNGE vol 5 – is out now and you can learn more @ www.davemascallmusic.com