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The King Rooster: The King Rooster

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UK release date 21.04.2018

On this, their debut album, you are treated to the unexpected missing link between old school mod mayhem and the current London funk and soul scene revival spearheaded by bands such as The Get Up, Crowd Company, Filthy Six, Soul Immigrants, GDU, The Fantastics, Gizelle Smith and now this burgeoning outfit.

The album begins as it finishes, with touching yet relentless soul jazz, funk (mainly instrumental grooves) combining groovy chord structures and the exceptionally strong whirring hammond flourishes of Sam Moreno gliding over the ferociously funky drums and bass of Mark Claydon and Ian Stevens respectively (who also happen to be part of The Get Up's fine rhythm section)

This rather sterling platter hits the ground running, alight with terrific pace and passion - the beefy "Gator Jerky", "Cooking The Books" and the exceptional "Fat Chance" set the scene for the vocal led "Ain't Got Time For That" featuring the on form and energetic, Florelle Escano who squawks and squeals with sheer delight ramping up the excitement to a tight notch that this brash foursome can easily muster.

"Back Chat" provides the perfect vehicle for guitarist James Forster to shine and he does with aplomb and some mighty deft chops combined with a killer tone. "Money Walk" sees a more relaxed side of the band come out and includes some sumptuous early 70's synth sounds that float effortlessly over a more sweeter organ frankly another feather in this band's cap, it's not all whamm-bamm thank you mam!

The production is exceptional too, raw, gritty and brimming with vim and vigour "Swamp Donkey" testifies to this, another perfect slice of Meters' style heavy blessedness.

The tempo rises even further with the mighty windjammer of "Do What Like" with vocal duties ably taking by Coko Buttafli who conjures up the dynamism the likes of which saw Vicky Anderson and Lynne Collins joining the godfather, JB himself - one to watch, me thinks. The party mode continues suffice to say there is not one filler track included - it all hangs together perfectly. The King Rooster with this stonking debut, have come home to roost and quite simply their sound is atomic! This is going to bring them a whole new bunch of fans and just in time for Record Store Day 21.04.2018 available on Vinyl with download card.
Words Emrys Baird

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