“Glad to have been on your funk fuelled 45 you guys groove hard!”
— Fred Wesley The JB’s
January the 9th 2023 marks the release of 'Blame It On The End Game', the vibrant new single from the fine purveyors of energetic soul and funk music. Released by Burning Sole Records based in Basel Switzerland and according to Jazz FM deejay, Tony Minvielle it provides a hefty slice of lively Brit Funk blessedness. It's proving a success too as ¾ of the 500 vinyl pressing have sold in under a week!
The band are one of London's longest running funk outfits, originally formed by Emrys Baird & Nitin Sawhney. The group were signed previously to P-Vine Records, Japan where they recorded ‘The Hustle Is On’ which sold 5000 copies. Their last vinyl single ‘Yard Of Hard’ (featuring The JB's trombonist, Fred Wesley) was popular too and was championed by Craig Charles and Gilles Peterson from BBC Radio 6, Robert Elms BBC Radio London, as well as Mike Chadwick of Jazz FM plus Solar Radio & Delite Radio.
Hailing from South London, The Soul Immigrants have been quietly turning out vinyl 45’s for their own label Dry Rooti Records too. Their last exclusive Vinyl only album, released in 2021 on Laterilize Records, featured special guest and Jamaican artist, Freddie Notes, who with his band The Rudies, recorded the global smash hit “Montego Bay” on Trojan records.
Live you can expect some exciting funk filled, sassy grooves, heaps of audience participation and phenomenal soloing! If you like your horn horny,your bass like Bootsy and your guitar groovy, their shows should be just the ticket for you.
This band Is fierce! *Carleen Anderson*
The soul Immigrants are true soul brothers! *Charles Bradley*
It's good to see Sunk Without The Funk from The Soul Immigrants finally committed to vinyl. This will have longevity In many DJs record boxes *Snowboy*
You're in my Top Ten best singles for November! *DJ Dom Servini Wah Wah
There's a funk riot going on in South London leading the revolt are the Soul Immigrants and this band's realistic sounding Deep Funk must be shared! DJ Prestige
A keyboard lovers paradise( and some great drumming featured as well) this reminds me of some Lonnie Smith at Club Mozambique fast and furious and on the brink of being out of control! An unabashed horniness seems to resound round these guys! Fleamarketfunk.com
SOME PRESS REVIEWS OF THE ALBUM :
*A potent gumbo stew of funk,soul and jazz with distinctive british swagger* Jazzworld.com
*Skilful musicianship and penchant for a catchy,funky melody redolent of Al Jarreau with flashy guitar work and the rawest of alto sax.the soul house.net
*Simply top-notch. Rich, soulful vocals and some fierce primal grooves give these guy the edge. I was spellbound by their performance...*- Blues & Soul Magazine.
*The Soul Immigrants know and respect soul’s wonderful heritage*
BLAME IT ON THE ENDGAME
Their last Vinyl single ‘Yard Of Hard ‘ Ft. Fred Wesley was more of a P-funk affair. However this new one ‘ Blame It On The Endgame’ retains a strong feel of groove and hard driving
Their last Vinyl single ‘Yard Of Hard ‘ Ft. Fred Wesley was more of a P-funk affair. However this new one ‘ Blame It On The Endgame’ retains a strong feel of groove and hard driving interlocking rhythms featuring blistering flute and some classy slap bass over some succinct and soulful vocals.
Emrys stated ‘ I wanted to go back to my teenage Jazz Funk years where I was blessed to have played with The Funk Ambassadors ( JB’s U.K. backing band) and Gil Scott Heron’s bass player, Robbie Gordon AKA The Secretary Of Entertainment.This track harks back to those days and also gives a nod to Brian Jackson ( flute wise )
The B side is a more greasier affair with a healthy nod to the likes of The Mohawks, Booker T & The Mg’s and The Meters. It features Stone Foundation’s trumpet player, Dave Boraston as special guest.
You can catch the band live at their bi monthly residency upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s.
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