‘Put The Needle On The Groove’ is the latest release from Swedish soul band BROOKLYN SOUL STEW. Oddly, maybe, the four track EP is only availble in vinyl and it’s a 10 incher that plays at 45rpm.
We’re told that the nine piece band, marsahlled by bassist Pir Lindbloom, take their inspiration from bands like early Tower of Power and the power and passion of labels like Stax. No wonder, then, that the sound of Brooklyn Soul Stew is brassy, rough, tough and funky. Indeed, it’s the band’s three brass players (Joakim Lindgren, tenor saxophone; Yahlmar Olofsson-Tuisku, trombone; and Kenneth Johansson, trumpet) that give the band its distinctive sound. The rest of the lineup is Anders Lyck, guitar; S-I Sjoeberg, organ; the aforementioned bass player Pir Lindbloom and vocalsists Per Grell and “Miss” Annsofie Wigert.
However, on the four track ‘Put The Needle On the Groove’, it’s Grell who takes the lion’s share of the vocals – possibly because a gritty, male baritone is more suited to this suite of songs. They’re big and brash, punchy and powerful with the pick of the bunch being the title track which is just a little more restrained – just a little
Brooklyn Soul Stew; ‘Put The Needle On The Groove’ out now on 10” vinyl via Sweden’s Riverside Records. Find out more @ https://riverside-records.se/