The New Mastersounds - Made For PleasureLegere Recordings
With their tenth lp "Made For Pleasure", the Leeds, based group traveled to New Orleans for this recording. It appears they have been inspired by the musical rhythms flowing through the Big Easy. The evidence is steeped in the organ grinding gritty funk of the title track "Made For Pleasure". On "Fancy" they flip the Iggy Azalea pop hit into a roots reggae rhythmic gem. "Pho Baby" is a warm bluesy soul tune driven by guitarist Eddie Roberts. Cherly Lowry is the guest vocalist steeped in the raw soul lineage of female soul singers before her. She torches three tracks here with "Enough Is Enough" being the standout. The UK quartet remain consistent by delivering straight no chaser funk and soul and hit the mark once again.
Reg Dancy, 01/16