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Monday, 2 April 2012

Record Review - New Street Adventure

Say It Like You Mean It

The sound of new young soul, and boy does it sound better than good. The resurgence in soul in recent years has been a very encouraging development. The Americans seem to have hit the musical nail on the head, whilst here in the UK it's been a bit watered down into smooth pop. London nine-piece NSA are a bit different though, channelling the gritty drama of Dexys and The Jam into an impassioned northern soul beat stew.

Two tracks from the download EP have made it onto a limited 7" - the proper format on which to appreciate soul! 'Hangin' On/Hangin' Up' is the very definition of upfront soul: a catchy melody, some storming brass stabs, and striding guitar to make you head for the dancefloor. It's beyond retro, life-affirming and totally revitalising. One of those songs that once you hear it once you're humming for the rest of the day. 'On Our Front Doorstep' meanwhile is more socio-political commentary, a brooding piece of deep Hammond soul pontificating on last summer's English riots. The flavour brings to mind Curtis Mayfield and Gil-Scott Heron. This potent mix of influences leaves a strong imprint, and signal an important band coming our way this year. Whether you're into soul, blues, acid jazz, or just memorable pop you're going to have to get your ears tuned into this Adventure.

New Street Soul Club is a central London clubnight run by the band, showcasing themselves and the best in new rock'n'soul. The next instalment is this Thursday (April 5th) at The 100 Club, where you can get the exclusive pre-release 7" over a month in advance of everyone else.

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