United Power Soul – Peace Sign – Audio

The Canadian funk-rock outfit United Power Soul release their début LP, Moving Fast 4 U, on the 31st.

United Power Soul

United Power Soul

With roots firmly ensconced in RnB and Soul, United Power Soul take the listener on a journey of deep grooves and funky highlights through the eight track album, which is available on bandcamp.

The LP, for me, is elevated by the inclusion of the dancehall antepenultimate track – Peace Sign.

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Blurred Out – Modern Waves – Single Review

The US funk-rock quartet Blurred Out released the single Modern Waves on the 9th.

Blurred Out - Modern Waves

Blurred Out

With a different soundtrack to their last feature which had a hazy shimmer, Modern Waves (available on bandcamp) is a more jangular composition with the active bass / percussion combination licking up a fair old tempo with glittering guitar giving the song a jazzy-feel while a softened vocal rounds out the sharper edges while adding a layer of warmth.

Modern Waves has something of a retrospective feel to it which is perhaps apposite as the construct of the song being based on a relative who had Alzheimer’s and hence fragmented recollections of a lifetime of memories.

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Flare Voyant – Empty Soul – Audio

Flare Voyant is a funk-rock quartet based in England.

Flare Voyant

Flare Voyant

Drawing on their multicultural roots Flare Voyant deliver music which is a melting pot of different contexts and rhythms which they, like alchemists, turn in to 24ct gold.

The songs have a jazz influenced angularity, which darts through the ears, interlaced by soul grooves giving a flowing underlay to the sharply cut chords and the longer the audience listens the more the sense of the progressive-psychedelia that holds the mind in its grip becomes evident.

From their latest release their eponymous five track EP – the penultimate – Empty Soul.

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Mickey – SEETHE – Single Review

The Australian funk-rock project Mickey released the single SEETHE on the 6th.

Mickey

Mickey




A track that, like a virulent virus, vaccinates the veins as it slips in to the room.

Prefacing the journey of SEETHE opening with the sound of a record player winding up to full speed as through the three and almost half a minutes of the track the pace steps up incrementally, with the listener joining with a slow-step glide over the dancefloor and ending up rattling round the room, as though a whirling dervish, prior to finally collapsing in exhaustion.

Mickey demonstrates through the track an innate skill and ability in songwriting and delivery as although the song not only changes pace it also switches bar timing and chord structure, all without the listener ever being jarred as it occurs, rather – like melting butter – the transitions are seamless.

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Shady Bliss – Hustlers – Audio

The Australian funk-rock sextet Shady Bliss are finalising details for their début LP.

Shady Bliss - photo credit - Natalie Jurrjens Photography

Shady Bliss – photo credit – Natalie Jurrjens Photography

Originally formed as a quartet, Shady Bliss, have expanded ideas whilst developing textures and layers in their music, though still retaining their bluesy root-stock that affords their material its earthy honesty.

From the forthcoming release – Hustlers – which was also released as a stand alone single on the 22nd and available on bandcamp.

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