Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Modern Northern Soul

Acid Jazz Records have been at the forefront of contemporary soul artists, releasing their modern take on the traditional Northern Style genre. Now, twenty-one of the best modern takes on Northern Soul have been compiled on this CD; starring Men Of North Country's brilliant reworking of the Lou Pride classic I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un, spectacularly remixed by Smoove especially for this release. (M.O.N.C appear on this CD a stonking four times).

The compilation contains the best tailor-made soul of the decade, including Andy Lewis & Paul Weller's top 20 hit, Are You Trying To Be Lonely; Andy Lewis (bassist in the Weller band) features three times in all. The Third Degree’s Mercy (the track made famous by Duffy) is another stand out tune, as is Night Trains’ version of the Stranglers hit No More Heroes. Soul legend Dean Parrish collaborates with Lord Large on Left Right and Centre (a song written by Paul Weller when he was 16, which features Steve Cradock (Weller band) on Gtr and Richard Searle (Corduroy) on bass.
Look out for the new kids on the scene and their tracks, Lucky Lady and The Big AC from those fresh faced New Street Adventure boys, delivering old school new cool soulful vocals and horn section with vigor and verve.

Admittedly, at least half of these tracks feature on the compilation,Soul Potential, also released by Acid Jazz recently (minus the funkier numbers) but this is a solid effort none the less; highly recommended.

Full track listing:

Men Of North Country – I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un.
Andy Lewis & Paul Weller – Are You Trying To Be Lonely?
Lord Large & Dean Parrish – Left Right And Centre.
Magnus CarlsonFrom Now On.
New Street Adventure – Lucky Lady.
The Third Degree – Mercy.
Night Trains – No More Heroes.
Lord Large feat Clem Curtis – Stuck In A Wind Up
Jasmine Kara – Ordinary Joe
Andy Lewis feat Lynda Lawrence - See You There
Smoove feat Jess Roberts – Coming Back
The Filthy SixGirlfriend
New Street Adventure – TheBig A.C.
Tony ChristieNobody In The World.
Andy Lewis feat Keni Burke – (Love Is) Alive In My Heart.
Men Of North Country – Pandora.
The Third Degree – Can't Get You Outta My Head.
The DilemmasFahrenheit.
Men Of North Country – MirrorMan.
New Street Adventure – She's An Attraction.
Men Of North Country – I'm Com'un' Home In The Morn'un' - Smoove Remix

Released June 22nd

1 comment:

  1. A good selection indeed, but of the ones that weren't already on 'Soul Potential' many were already on another acid jazz comp called 'The New Breed'.