New Mastersounds : 102%

CD [Cover Art for New Mastersounds / 102%] Your Price: $19.54
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Sell date: 1/2007
Label: New Mastersounds
Mfg's Catalog#: 105
CDC Part#: 392437
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 Notes & Reviews
 
Bristling heavy funk with abundant shades of afrobeat, soul jazz, boogaloo, and distorted rock color, 102% is the fifth full length album/CD effort by Britain's most dangerous funk quartet The New Mastersounds. On the heels of their acclaimed 3rd studio album This Is What We Do and several tours of the US and Europe in 2005, the band was convinced a live offering was due and released Live at La Cova in early 2006. Continuing to make appearances at US festivals and on the funk-jamband club circuit into 2006 - including Langerado Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and South By Southwest - on stage the band began stretching out, adding new twists and bops to many of the old favorites, and new dimensions to the interplay and groove development. The New Mastersounds were now pulling off three hour sets, mixing up infectious funk originals with their own arrangements of the soul-jazz classics, keeping the crowds dancing and attracting sit-ins by members of Phish and the Greyboy Allstars, as well as Karl Denson, Bryan Jordan (KDTU), Stanton Moore (Galactic) George Porter Jr (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Neville Brothers) and Papa Mali. Towards the end of 2006 the band returned to the studio to complete their fifth full length effort, from which the 7' 45rpm single 'Talk is Cheap/Thirty Three' was released in November, to the delight of the DJ's and vinyl junkies. Led by guitar virtuoso Eddie Roberts, this telepathically tight quartet features plenty of Hammond grooves by B3 burner Bob Birch, with phat and heavy bass and drums courtesy of messers Pete Shand and Simon Allen respectively. Guest Rob Lavers on saxophone and flute adds the fifth flavor to several already toxic numbers. 102% is guaranteed to satisfy old fans and recruit plenty of new followers of funk and soul jazz, with a broad spectrum of pure vintage sounds and original hooks & grooves that just keep getting better and better! 102% will be a surefire hit with all their fans past and present - an impressive list that includes Keb Darge, Kenny Dope, Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, DJ Shadow, Snowboy, Quantic, Richard Searling and many more groove-lovers across the globe. REVIEW: Brian Ferdman - Jambase.com February 2007: The New Mastersounds 102% 3 on the B Records 3BRCD005 The New Mastersounds are four chaps with some serious funk chops. Hailing from Leeds in the UK, they revel in the soulful music that has long been all the rage in Northern England. Having rightfully gained a reputation for out-Metering The Meters, their latest effort, 102% is another retro-fueled funkathon that sees the band expanding it's range into previously unexplored territory. Of course, funk is still the bread and butter of this band, and 102% delivers a heavy diet of it. A serious groove is laid down in '33 (A Fine Year to Die),' with Bob Birch dropping in the perfect accents on his bubbling Hammond B-3. Pete Shand's nimble bassline locks in perfectly with Eddie Roberts greasy guitar to give 'Give Me a Minute (Pt 2)' the nastiness it needs. And the title track delivers the killer Meters-like strut we've come to expect from The New Mastersounds. Similar sentiments are also echoed by the deep pocket of 'Return to G' which relies heavily upon Simon Allen's pulsating backbeat to create an intoxicating rhythm that will have hips grinding and appendages flailing. Not content to stay stuck in the funk zone, 102% dips it's toes into a couple of other related pools. On the prime souljazz of 'Carrot Juice,' Roberts' ripping guitar would make Grant Green, Jr. blush, while Shand's nimble bass and Allen's superkinetic drums combine for a rock solid rhythm section. Toss in some hyperactive organ from Birch and you got yourself one of the best tracks on the album. The dance party continues with hip-shaking aplomb on Talk Is Cheap,? a jazzy number that employs some excellent breakbeats and cool sax solos from guest Rob Lavers. Afrobeat filtered through a lens of Curtis Mayfield is on the docket as Hey Fela!pays tribute to Fela Kuti while sounding as if the tune belonged on the soundtrack to

 
 Tracks
 
- 102%
- Wintess
- Carrot Juice
- 33 (A Fine Year to Die)
- Colorado Sun (Jeses Backyear)
- Give Me a Minute (Part 2)
- Rope-A-Dope
- Hey Fela!
- Bus Stop No. 5
- Return to Gijon
- Forgiveness
- Talk Is Cheap
- L.A. Root Down (Dub Side of the Pier)
- Paranoid (Is It Any Wonder?)