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Issue 1088

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Judith Hill: The Pepper Club

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UK release date 18.05.2018

Judith Hill makes a welcome return to the fray with a fresh sounding new slab of funky hot blessedness. Granted it sounds like it's comes straight out of Paisley Park but that ain't a bad thing, right? Besides, it's got enough of its own authoritative stamp on it to claim a place at the table.

Hill is the epitome of a battling singer...misfortunes and plain outright bad timing can now be put to rest - here is an artist now fully coming into her own without the need of the big guns (she once had) behind her. Ghosts are laid to rest and free to do what the funk she wants...this is an artist in FULL control!

"Pepper" is no potboiler...slinky guitar, crisp beats, some decent slap bass and a stonking horn section make this a goose necking, floor filling, fun party banger - five feet from stardom!

Suffice to say, It's deliberately uncluttered a focused and straight-up satisfying single, a sizzling funk work out that bodes well for the new album coming later in the year. Oh and yes Ms Hill positively simmers with sex appeal and I for one can't wait to catch one of her London dates in July.
Words Emrys Baird

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