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Diazpora: Islands

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UK release date 02.02.2017

Legere Recordings forge ahead with funk once more in the guise of veteran band, Diazpora and as they say 'the funk does not stand still, it's on a constant journey'. "Islands" is full of twists and turns, slinky grooves that range from afro funk greatness, such as the horn heavy "Kinshasha Strut", JB's 12/8 stylyings in the form of "The Beast", the moodily Bushwick inspired "Give A Little Prayer" replete with dazzling trumpet over a physcedelic background the likes of Jim Morrison would have relished, and many other grooves make this a well rounded album that should light your fire for some quite time.

The cutie Kuti inspired afro beat scorcher "Moon" rocket alongs adorned by growly soul vocalist and guitarist Alex Feige and "2much Effort" with it's Once in A Lifetime" styled bass and baritone turns out to be a nice slice of Blaxploitation as does the opener "Street Market"... err very street! The usual level of production brilliance is applied by this well established record label,the hottest sounds from Hamburg are all here for your delectation.

"Me & I", is a personal fave, it's such a wonky piece of brilliance see-sawing over a semitone chordal moment creating great tension showing what an agile singer Feige is,definately one to watch. Suffice to say, this outfit is pushing the funk barrier further afield and for that they must be applauded. Give a little prayer that these guys get on the rise shouldn't be too much effort judging on these merits. Diazpora are a class act.
Words Emrys Baird

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