First Listen: The Ashton Jones Project funks it up on "Wah Wah"

(September 18, 2019) I always tell people who pine for something a grittier and less digital that there are artists out there capable of providing the sound that they want. Case in point is the outfit whose song is featured in this First Listen, The Ashton Jones Project. Their single “Wah Wah” has both feet planted firmly and welded into the analog world. Yes, that’s an electric guitar and piano that you hear. Yes, those are real drums and that horn section would do Tower of Power proud. “Wah Wah” is a good-old fashioned party song where a guy is ready to have a good time, and he wants to have a good time with the finest woman in the room. The promotion from Jones’ P.R. folks call this an "urgent" record, and that urgency certainly comes through the vocal that has the sound a spirit of a grown man ready to dispense with the artifice and have some fun on the dance floor.

(September 18, 2019) I always tell people who pine for something a grittier and less digital that there are artists out there capable of providing the sound that they want. Case in point is the outfit whose song is featured in this First Listen, The Ashton Jones Project. Their single “Wah Wah” has both feet planted firmly and welded into the analog world. Yes, that’s an electric guitar and piano that you hear. Yes, those are real drums and that horn section would do Tower of Power proud. “Wah Wah” is a good-old fashioned party song where a guy is ready to have a good time, and he wants to have a good time with the finest woman in the room. The promotion from Jones’ P.R. folks call this an "urgent" record, and that urgency certainly comes through the vocal that has the sound a spirit of a grown man ready to dispense with the artifice and have some fun on the dance floor.

Jones is a testament of the universal power and appeal of soul music. Jones hails from Great Britain and is a native of Suffolk, so it should not be surprising that he has a deep respect for the music and many of the legendary performers. And fans will hear the influences of many of the self-contained bands that dominated the soul scene in from the mid 1960s to the mid 1980s. “Wah Wah” is a good song and the album, Toast, is nothing to sleep on. Check out “Wah Wah” here.

By Howard Dukes

The Ashton Jones Project - "Wah Wah"

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