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Issue 1096

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Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993 (Strut)

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UK release date 14.08.2020

Strut continue their excellent work with this sterling compilation bringing together classics and rarities from the seminal spiritual jazz and conscious soul label Black Fire, spanning 1975 to 1993. "Soul Love Now" brings together some of the many highlights from the label onto one quintessential platter.

Opener "Children of Tomorrow’s Dreams", sets the benchmark with cascading vibraphone running through this sublime and deep tune reminiscent of Stevie Wonder in his golden era. It's a seductive start. Cult band Oneness Of Juju get a considerable look into with three heavy tracks including the title track that lilts effortlessly with its 12/8 groove and imperious sax work and ''Drummers Of Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster lends a primal quality to proceedings too.

There's plenty of variety on offer and standout track 'Look at the People! by Wayne Davis is an absolute corker a gorgeous and earthy slice of latin disco as is the silky soul of 'People' by the majestic
Experience Unlimited,which perfectly complements the opening track.The groundwork has been lovingly laid and I urge you to check this irrefutable body of work out.Top drawer stuff.
Words Emrys Baird

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