Marta Ren and The Groovelvets - Stop, Look, ListenRecord Kicks
Hailing from Oporto, Portugal. Marta Ren burst onto the scene with the 2012 hit single "2 Kinds Of Men". That funky soul burner drew a lot of attention as a classic soul chanteuse with a powerful voice. She follows up that appetizer with the full length LP "Stop, Look & Listen". Accompanied by the funk band The Groovelvets, they deliver plenty of revved up soul as evidenced by the opening track "I'm not your regular woman". Ren shows her softer side on the slow burning funk tune "Smiling Faces" but don't be fooled, she takes no prisoners on the slow and simmering "So Long". The Groovelvets show they're more than capable of laying down the groove and stretch out on instrumental "Be Ma Fela". A voice that belies her age, Marta will command your attention and you'll give in willingly.
Reg Dancy, 02/16