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Issue 1092

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The Soul Immigrants: She Does It Right ( Ft.Ciyo Brown)

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UK release date 07.12.2018

Musician and fellow scribe to these hallowed pages Emrys Baird releases his first single of the year and it's a departure from his usual, funky leanings.It takes a brave soul to tackle a Jimmy Cliff song especially when no one has attempted to cover this 1969 hidden gem of a B-side, so bravo sir! The crisp production combined with the rocksteady feel and effortless close-knit rhythm of the track shines through with yearning vocals and soulful bv's entwined with twin guitars and punchy horns. It's no wonder DJ Craig Charles has been raving about It and playing it out.

Baird's axe definitely has that flanged/phased feel of Peter Tosh (during his Wailer years) and guest guitarist Ciyo Brown certainly adds the icing on the cake to this bright and breezy feel good song (which is simply a glorious paean to all women). His sense of rhythm is strong and his phrases swing with a majestically resonant tone not unlike Ernest Ranglin or even Wes Montgomery. What I like about their version is they've not tried to copy jimmy Cliff, in many ways they've made it their own and as much as I love the Specials new single this optimistic cut shades it. Catch them next January and February when they join forces for a few gigs in the capital.
Words LEO ISAACS

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