This Latinesque soulful funk flavour really kicks off in a 70s fashion, complete with freaky Pleasure-like keyboards and Salsoul keyboards and flute! A strong cut with a sturdy bassline that should garner much kudos on the dancefloor and on quality radio. I never expected music to return to this kind of format in a million years - and thanks to those of us in the UK and Europe who can see past this goddamn awful R&B phase and treat it as the irrelevance that it is. Our man, Tom Moulton, pops up with the expert reworking of their stylish cover of Brick's classic "Dazz". this has been beefed up, made chunky and propels nicely on a throbbing bassline...a great reworking of a classic and top marks to all concerned. This has got flavour! Following the colourful instrumental, "Neo's Theme" we have a pseudo 60s vocal effort "Love Don't Hurt At All" which oozes summer and I am reminded slightly of a less complicated Jazzanova with this track. For me, though, the KILLER cut is the wonderful 70s effort "How It Feels".
This is sublime summertime soulful boogie with a firm footing in Pleasure / Confunkshun and Earth, Wind & Fire but with a contemporary feel a la the Sunburst band or Liquid Spirits. This is such a bright, summery and happy song that I would recommend you purchase on the strength of this song and this song alone! Saying that, I played that song over and over again and then came across the righteous 70s sounding "One People" which really packs a punch. The album really does contain some corkers and this slice of righteous yester-now soul/funk is just the ticket. So, too, is the superb "Seductive Hustle", complete with wah-wah guitar and serious upright bass! The final cut is a slight homage to Memphis Soul and the organ adds some extra southern spice too - "Real Love" is a great track and closes the set with some real edge. If the US has lost it's soul then we know full well that vestiges of it reside in hamburg among many other places!
The Vibe Scribe