It's been a while since we have had a new album, but this is certainly back to their best and while it's not groundbreaking or cutting edge - this is great fun music, that makes you want to dance, while retaining an air of sophistication.
Production is wonderful and everything sounds like the best from this genre - whether it's funk, disco, R&B, reggae and many other dance music styles - but all done with a real live band, who have the experience and skill to pull off anything that they attempt.
There are a variety of vocalists who all sound distinctive and stylish - much is made of the return of N'Dea Davenport, who only sings on a few tracks but the others are just as good and it all adds up to a feel of being like a summary of their career so far - much like Incognito's Transatlantic RPM
was for them.
What stands out for me though are Andrew Levy's bass lines, which cut through every mix and add a distinctive groove. He has to be one of the best bass players working in this genre anywhere and his sound/tone, imaginative note choices and rhythmic placement are excellent. Every track is like a lesson in funk bass of the last 40 years.
"On the One" sounds familiar already and has been played a lot on the radio - especially Jazz FM. While many other tracks feel like they are covers of tracks from the golden era of dance music - "Turn the Music Up" is actually a cover of a hit by the Players Association from the late 70s - but once again, livened up by fantastic bass playing.
Overall a great-sounding album with many stand-out grooves, that is just great fun. Recommended for lovers of old-school funk and R&B.