Jalapeno Records bring you the reissue of the classic Smoove & Turrell compilation album, Solid Brass: Ten Years Of Northern Funk.
Comprising of 18 tracks taken from all five of their studio albums as well as two new barnstorming tunes exclusive to this release – it’s a veritable feast of northern funk gems from start to finish. Favourites from their deep catalogue including ‘Slow Down’, ‘Beggarman’, ‘In Deep’, ‘Have Love’ and ‘You Could’ve Been A Lady’ are all present and correct, lining up next to the two newbies which also hold their own.
“But what about the new tracks?!” we hear you cry – well Smoove’s solo rework of The Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man is the stuff of legend with physical copies changing hands for huge sums (if you are lucky enough to be able to locate one in the first place!). The track has long been a staple of S&T live sets but they’ve never laid it down in a studio recording… That is until now. It’s a monster of a tune and the perfect way to kick proceedings off on this record.
That’s not all though, as the lads also serve up the aptly reflective ‘Give it Back’. It’s signature Smoove & Turrell stuff – full of soul with deep and heartfelt lyricism. Turrell’s chorus refrain “We love the ones who give it back” is typically honest and true of a band that prides themselves on community. Proper canny that. Proper canny.