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SARAVAH SOUL: 'SARAVAH SOUL'

SARAVAH SOUL

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UK release date 31.03.2008

I saw these live a year ago and wasn̢۪t overly keen (the singer must note that there is only one Jay Kay), and so was surprised to see a release on one of the labels of the moment - Tru Thoughts.
I was absolutely staggered by the cd – particularly by the rhythm section of bass, drums and percussion (all outstanding).

They merge brasilian percussion and mid-70’s JB-style funk better than the Brasilians did originally with their Rio Funk movement from that era. It is intelligently and excitingly done. I hate to say it, but it is the instrumentals that will get played (not that there is anything wrong with the vocals), as there are some killers here like ‘Homesick’ and ‘Role De Bike’.

I don’t think that this album was intended for the narrow ‘Deep Funk’ scene, but if it was then perhaps they should consider recording in analogue rather than digital next time for the authentic sound. The overall sound is rather thin, despite excellent production.
Words SNOWBOY

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