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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dome Records
  • ASIN: B007AEX0RE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A powerful new album from the UK's favourite soul/funk/jazz band, with the addition of outstanding new male vocalist Mo Brandis and established UK jazz singer Natalie Williams, who join Maysa and Vanessa Haynes. A fresh sounding Incognito reflecting the energy of their live shows. "Surreal" is full of beautiful songs delivered over a bed of fluid bass lines and irresistible drum grooves - Incognito at their creative best! The album has only one cover song, vocalled by Vanessa Haynes in Loleatta Holloway-esque style - a little-known 1976 disco tune "Ain't It Time".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Mooring on 29 Jun 2012
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I am a total fan of Incognitos early work and periodical buy their albums. So not having bought all of them I couldn't tell you how it compares to their back catalogue, but I know a good album when I hear one and this is as good as any I have heard. I didn't know what to expect and was not disappointed, its all good and the tempo is very fulfilling. I am not a lover of ballards & slow love songs so I am very pleased that this album contains none of the above. My first hearing of "Sureal" was in the car on a sunny day and it sounded perfect. My advise, find a sunny breezy place to chill for a couple of hours and listen to this.

Don't know why it is called "Surreal", and I am fairly sure it dosen't matter, but I bought this expecting an Incognito album and thats exactly what I got, nice one.

Go on treat yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally slapcabbage on 4 April 2012
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Played this CD for the first time 3 days ago. I now have 11 of their albums, so was expecting a lot of Surreal. Unfortunately the sound quality spoilt the experience.
To make sure I wasn't just having a bad day, I played Tales from the Beach and Eleven to compare and can only conclude that either the mix was a rushed job or the CD is faulty.
It not that the sound is completely appalling. It just isn't very hi-fidelity and sounds like it's playing through someone's IPOD.
That said, the new personnel show great promise and the musicians excel as usual. Incognito will probably keep going for another 30 years at this rate. It's just not a 5 star product.
Perhaps I should consider buying another copy, or even vinyl? Answers on a postcard please.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alistair Moom on 28 Mar 2012
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* * * and half.

After collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, and Italian soul singer Mario Biondi on 2010's Transatlantic RPM, British acid jazz pioneers Incognito hand over the vocal reins to a younger crowd for their 15th studio album, "Surreal".
It's an inspired move showing that, 30 years on from their debut album, bandleader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick still has his finger on the pulse.
While longtime singers Maysa and Vanessa Haynes remain a vital part of the setup, the former kicking off proceedings in style with the bass-driven funk of "The Less You Know", the latter channeling the divas of the Studio 54 era on a cover of Queen Yahna's '70s cult disco classic "Ain't It Time", it's the new recruits who steal the show.
German-born vocalist Mo Brandis displays a maturity and soulfulness far beyond his 26 years on the John Legend-esque lead single "Goodbye to Yesterday" and the summery jazz of "Don't Wanna Know", while Ronnie Scott's regular Natalie Williams justifies the Erykah Badu/Jill Scott comparisons on the gorgeously slinky chillout of "Restless as We Are" and the dreamy bossa nova of "The Stars from Here".
If they can hang on to this highly talented lineup, then Incognito's future appears to be in very safe hands indeed. J. O'Brien

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Rose on 26 Mar 2012
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This is one amazing album and I'm not just saying that becuase I'm a fan.

The tracks move from classic Incognito Jazz Funk to the Boogie style and old school flavours.

If you buy this album for one track you have made a wise choice.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJ Mann on 26 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'll nail my colours to the mast right away and say that I'm always excited to hear a new Incognito CD. Having been a fan since 1981 and having had the pleasure of interviewing leader Bluey a few years ago, my love of this band's music shows no signs of waning.

So, it's 2012 and instead of having a piece of vinyl to cherish, I have a download courtesy of Shanachie Records to carefully file and write about.

Let's jump straight in and ride the incredible groove of `The Less you Know'. I don't have musician credits but I don't need them to recognise the silky, sexy voice of Maysa Leak and I don't think she has ever sounded better. The production is flawless with lots of room for drums, bass, snazzy horns and that gorgeous vocal. The breakdown makes the hairs on my neck stand up! And when the JB-style snare snaps in to announce `Goodbye to Yesterday' it's clear that the dancing is set to continue. A male lead vocal, some sneaky rhythm guitar and some even sneakier horns and you've got a recipe for success.

That piano intro on `Above the Night' has a lovely old-school feel and the tempo is more relaxed than on the first two songs. The horns are more muted too and they leave the spotlight for some truly outstanding female vocals. This time it's not Maysa but, whoever she is, this girl can sing! The title track is - I'm going to say it - a hark back to the golden days of disco. That four-on-the-floor beat, great keys, great horns, strings and the lushest of background vocals just sweep you away. A real good-time dance track. God... lovely.

Right in the pocket is the lovely, funky `Capricorn Sun' which shines the spotlight on Maysa. I love the groove, I love her scat vocals - I love it!! `Don't Wanna Know' is a pacy vocal with some strong male lead vocals.
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My favourite Incognito album for a long time. Stands alongside funky classics like 100* and Rising and Positivity. Great bass playing.
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