If ever there was a song for these tough times, it has to be ‘Optimistic’. Right now, we all need generous doses of optimism – a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel and yes, it’s easier said than done but as the wonderful Sounds Of Blackness anthem says, “we can win – as long as we keep our heads to the sky!”

‘Optimistic’ first surfaced in 1991 via the Sounds Of Blackness. With that wonderful Ann Nesby vocal, it quickly and rightly became an anthem. The song has resurfaced a few times. Melba Moore and Phil Perry cut a lovely version in 2009 while in 2015 Zepherin Saint resurrected it for his Tribe Records and even managed to get Ms Nesby back into the studio to add vocals.

Fast forward six years and the lovely song is here again in a brand-new version from BRIAN POWER’S SOULHOUSE label. I’m guessing Mr P is a big fan of the song (as we all are) and he knows the time is right to reintroduce it. To help him deliver, he’s brought in North West London singer LUCITA JULES (sister of Mi-Soul DJ Jon Jules, by the way) and she acquits herself beautifully, laying down a soulful, strong and committed vocal over Mr P’s respectful track.

‘Optimistic’ … welcome back… and remember, “we can win – as long as we keep our heads to the sky!”. It’s released, January 29th with more mixes to follow.