Blasting out from good old Leeds, some 20 years ago, the prolific NEW MASTERSOUNDS are celebrating 20 years in the music business and to commemorate the event they’ve just released a new long player – ‘Shake It’.
For the album – and to offer a subtly different musical hue – the majority of the tracks are fronted by a vocalist – Lamar Williams Jr. (son of late Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams). He gave just the right amount of old soul credibility to the LP’s first single, ‘Kings And Queens’. The next single should (he advises) be the gorgeous ‘Lovely Daze’ – a mid tempo roller that reminds me of 60s Stax group The Astors. It features some blistering trumpet from guest musician Mike Olmos. Think ‘Candy’.
There are also plenty of old style Mastersounds instrumental jams – like the funky ‘Layin’ Low’, the bonkers ‘Live Life Free’ and the brassy ‘Permission To Land’ – one of the band’s regular homages to their heroes… the Average White Band. Then there’s the Stax flavoured ‘On The Top’ .
Pre orders for the album begin 8/16/2019.