Tuesday 11 March 2014

'Rejuiced Phat Shake' by Nick Pride & The Pimptones [Album review]

Nick Pride & The Pimptones have a lot to be happy about in 2014 – brand new label home within the comfortable confines of Legere Recordings, and a brand new album release to boot as well: ‘Rejuiced Phat Shake’, serving as the follow-up to their 2011 Record Kicks debut, ‘Midnight Feast of Jazz’.

‘Midnight Feast of Jazz’ in itself was a genius concept record for an album – a soul band’s interpretation of jazz music – and it’s a concept that served as a fine introduction for the group, even extending to a remix album, entitled ‘Remixed Feast of Jazz’.  (We’ve made a lot of noise about these projects on this site so check out our past reviews and interview with Nick Pride as well.)  Moving away from the jazz concept this time round though, the group flourishes within its natural aesthetic as a soul band whose music is brought to life with an array of excellent vocalists including names that appeared on the debut, Jess Roberts and Susan Hamilton, and new voices Courtney Velecia, Lane Thomas Hewitt, Micka Moran Parker, amongst others, and including rapper, Dubbul O.

‘Everything’s Better in the Summertime’ (featuring Karen Harding) – originally housed on the Record Kicks 10-year anniversary compilation from last year – thankfully finds a home on this release as well and sounds as excellent as it did then, but unfortunately, the band’s cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ isn’t so lucky so I implore you good people to do all you can to get your hands on that piece of brilliance.

But as I say, there really is plenty of soul-filled and funky vibrancy and brilliance to wrap your ear buds round on this release with early standouts including the aforementioned ‘…Summertime’, Take Care of My Love’ (see video below), ‘It’s A Love Thing’, ‘Wanna Treat You Right’ and ‘Hex on My Soul’.  Hats off to Legere Recordings too: always known for the excellent output, their past 6 months have seen them flourish with the releases of ‘Rejuiced Phat Shake’, The Pepper Pots’ ‘We Must Fight’ and the brand new record from The New Mastersounds, ‘Therapy’.  Continue looking forward to an excellent year from them too!

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