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Let this cocktail of nu-soul and space-age hip -hop invade your ears!,
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This review is from: Soul:Fi (Audio CD)
Steve Spacek is back and this time he's teamed up with future-funk producer Katalyst to deliver a rich and sublime mix of space-age soul, hip-hop and funk. I rate Spacek / Steve Spacek as one of my favourite contemporary British artists, but one of the criticisms of their/his previous work was that (albeit deliberately) the albums were loop n groove orientated, so albums sometimes felt repetitive. Not so here, every track is fresh and funky so much so this feels like a contemporary street-soul compilation. Indeed, nu-soul and the like is often criticised for delivering a few gems and too many fillers and Spacek and Katalyst have worked hard with a crew of top guest artists, to deliver highlights from the open-top, laid-back, blazing 'Imaginist', the uptempo funky breaks of 'Life', the space-sexy 'Listen', the driving lo-fi groove 'Closer' and the porno-strut of 'Give me the love' to name a few. This is pure class. I implore you to buy it!
Seventeen tracks in all, with a few odd interludes, means great value too. Almost every track's a winner, and where it falls short for me is on the few 'mainstream' tracks like their debut single 'Original' (which sounds nothing like the rest of the album, thankfully). But with such a broad mix of styles, including the 60s psychadelic 'Done it again' (which I love), not every track is gonna hit the spot.
It's time to stop pushing so many hum-drum US artists and stand up for the still experimental and utterly listenable Brits like Steve Spacek (albeit he's shipped off to Australia - I only hope he returns to UK for gigs this Summer.)
Can't recommend this one enough. So strong.