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102% / The New Mastersounds

The New Mastersounds - 102%

One Note Records

102% is the fifth album from my local funk band The New Mastersounds and if your tastebuds fancy some funk, you can never go wrong with these guys. There are no vocals but they've brought in Rob Lavers on sax and flute, who brings another dimension to their sound. Most of the tracks are their own work, except for a great version of Roots Manuva's "Witness", which is certain to gain them a few more fans, and ensure you check out "Thirty three" and "Carrot Juice". One thing I would love these guys to do is work with more vocalists. They've already proved they can do it with the classic "Your Love Is Mine" with Corinne Bailey Rae, and with Nicola Willis blowing up over 2006 and expected to do big things in 2007, it would be perfect timing.

Simon Harrison, 01/07