Various Artists - Soul Unsigned:EP001 (2008)

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"It all started because of a breakfast cereal packet." So says label founder Phil Driver in regard to his new idea of collectively promoting artists that either have no formal recording contract or operate out of a small independent label. This, his very first venture, bonds together groups from the US and UK and as a means for us to access new music from up and coming artists without spending all of our time on My Space. And the concept works very well!

The disc starts with the melodically strong 'Blow Your Mind' from Groove Back Productions out of Georgia, and it is a smooth track with a summery feel to it. The same could be said for the first UK offering from London producer Felix Wright.  Described as 'retro soul,' if you close your eyes you could well be listening to a new track from one of the most successful of the UK's soul exports, Loose Ends. Indeed, such is the vibe that it could well be Carl McIntosh on vocals towards the end of the track!! Laid back soul with a deep groove, this will definitely become a favourite of the soulful airwaves. The UK also provides the other gem on this EP, the raw, punchy, soul-funk of Harambe. 'In the Bone' is a track from the band's long awaited 2nd album Testify and is well worth checking out.

All in all don't expect this concept album to be one of full-on productions; after all it did originate out of a breakfast cereal packet! However, if like me you are consistently on the lookout for new aspiring artists with talent then this EP is the place to start.  

A JL REVIEW 

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