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Issue 1097

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Bahama Soul Club : Bohemia After Dawn

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UK release date 17.07.2020

Bahama Soul Club’s 5th album “Bohemia After Dawn” proves once more this outfit awash with Jazztastic latino grooves and all round musical spiciness, whether it be the funky blessedness of "Afrodisia" or the samba inspired 'Mercy Me' both led by strong vocal deliveries especially Josephine Nightingale on the latter.

The majestic, sumptuous sounds continue too with the horn heavy, "Mango", featuring the smokey sounding singer, Arema Arega. “Never Roam No More” featuring the legendary John Lee Hooker is a personal fave. It's brimming with unbridled sexual energy, Turkish percussion and some fab jazz flute - let's face it, everyone loves jazz flute! Silky smooth.

The perky percussive theme continues with an additional remix of "Never Roam No More" by Smoove from Geordie funkstas Smooth & Turrell, giving it a disco house edge with chic type bass and a great clubby production.

"Castelejo”, the last track on the album, is a homage to the late Vitor Hugo, featuring Rui Correia on accordion and vocals by Cutty Wren and Hedvig Larsson. These artists are from the local neighborhood, pretty much right on the band's doorstep!

This release is peppered with some beautiful jazz guitar over some steamy percussion, which includes a cheeky sample of "Come Together". Sit back relax smoke a fat cigar and sip a large brandy on a Cuban beach at sunset and have this as your soundtrack.

This album is pure seduction. BSC have developed their brand of sophistication and are ready for far more wider acclaim. Trust me, this is the good stuff.
Words Emrys Baird

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