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The Layabouts: Do Better (Reel People Music)

The Layabouts: Do Better (Reel People Music)

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UK release date 14.02.2012

Papa Records and sibling Reel People Music have been responsible for some seriously soulful releases over the last six years or so. Coming at the end of March is an album by The Layabouts (Leigh Darlow and Alex Paschali) entitled "Future Retro."

The first track from this exciting sounding album is "Do Better" featuring the delectable sounds of Seattle vocalist Portia Monique. I’ll get straight to the point. "Do Better" is an absolute belter of an underground soulful house track, with some really crisp production. Portia’s tonal range is fantastic and the chorus of ‘Do Better’ is actually quite moving.

The keys and bassline work in unison binding the track, but for me it̢۪s the vocal that makes me want to listen to this track again and again. I̢۪m really excited about the album this track has been taken from. With collaborations from Omar, Tony Momrelle, Portia Monique, Imaani and Shea Soul, you know it̢۪s going to be just a bit special. This is a great start and is a beautiful piece of vocal house music.

You can read an interview with The Layabouts and hear all about their new album in our Spring 2012 edition of Blues & Soul Click here to order your copy now.
Words GARETH MORGAN

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