The New Mastersounds and Lubriphonic
The New Mastersounds are a four-piece band based in Leeds, England, whose
modern take on vintage soul-jazz, funk and rock draws influences from
Jimmies McGriff, Smith, and Hendrix, as well as their most closely-associated
mentors, The Meters. Try to imagine Grant Green and Lou Donaldson having
a fight in a Hammond Organ shop while James Brown holds the coats, and
you have some idea of what to expect from this band. Their first single, One
Note Brown, was released on Blow It Hard Records in 2000 and was
passionately championed by acclaimed Northern Soul and funk DJ Keb Darge.
To date, the band has released four studio records: 102%, This Is What We
Do, Be Yourself, Keb Darge Presents as well as The New Mastersounds
Re::Mixed, and Live At La Cova. Also of note: their single, Your Love Is
Mine featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, was used in the 2007 Warner Brothers
movie Feast of Love.
Having toured throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, the NMS have earned
global recognition as a key band in the New Funk scene. But purists beware:
their unique blend of funk, rock, soul and dance music is hard to sum up and
doesnt fit neatly into any one genre.
Music is a burst of choices. Not only what note to play when and with what instrument,
but whether to play a note at all. Salvador Santana, the 26-year-old keyboardist,
vocalist, composer, and songwriter with strong Bay Area roots, knows what it means to
navigate the infinite options of music. His 2008 innovative debut with the Salvador
Santana Band--simply called SSB--pursued the scope of his ability. But for Santana, it
wasn't enough. He has no choice but to push himself further.
He's fast at work, up and down the West Coast, recording a follow-up album that has
him dropping the Band portion of SSB's moniker, placing the focus solely on Salvador
Santana. Of course, he's not doing it alone. Collaboration has always been the
centerpiece of his creations, and his yet untitled record is being built around the
inspirations of two legends: Beastie Boy studio wizard Money Mark and Bay Area
MC/producer Del the Funky Homosapien.
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