Raymond Dickerson keeps classic funk and soul alive in one mighty swoop with this single Dixie. Bringing together raw vocals, an infectious rhythm, and a rock and roll edge that emerges during the latter half, the song offers a whole host of musical perks that work wonderfully in uplifting and energizing the room.
It feels, to me, like the long walk through the Las Vegas casino or hotel – mellow at first, slowly getting stranger & more colourful, eventually veering off down some chaotic hallway where all sorts of impossible wonders are in action.
The Stone MG’s have exemplified the grip of addiction on this latest single, and what a song – perfectly highlighting the conflict addicts experience between the sweet lure of their chosen vice & the freedom of walking away.
The band’s sound well & truly raises them up higher than the average, end of the street funk ensemble – there’s an edge of rock, a backbone of soul & passion, and everything else you might hope for in an unwaveringly impressive collective.
Fusing elements of swing & jazz with those that are a little funkier or even rock inspired, LoungeZotica 3000 ignite a fresh love for instrumental music with their own clearly passionate, worthy presentations.
The bass, the vocals, the soul, the rhythm – everything just works in the way that you’d hope this genre would. The band offer a clear love for & connection to the music they make, which in turn creates something you can rely upon & turn to whenever you need it.
As far as pop songs go, this is precisely the kind of piece you could expect to hear on various mainstream radio stations – the familiarity, the memorable nature of the hook, the concept and this underlying idea of togetherness; it all breathes life and optimism into the scene.
This is about a love for music, for expression, for creating soundscapes within which audiences can truly feel embraced and free from the concerns of the real world.
It’s a simple track, stylistically – there’s a delicacy about it, but there’s also an addictive sense of rhythm and good vibes that just satisfies.
Our music is meant to make you reflect on the best times of your life & why they we’re so good. If we can do that for even one person listening, it’s a huge success in my book.
A band who seemed poised on the cusp of super-stardom before things fell apart in the late 1970’s – they sound invigorated by another turn at getting their music out there.
Bend is a superb debut, immediately warming & indicative of a band who genuinely love making music.