04-Oct-2019 | BNH
The Funk Is Back!
They"re back - back with Acid Jazz - and back with a bang!
Can it really be 30 years since the Brand New Heavies first sashayed into the public eye with a romantic's heart, a hedonists spirit and a Superfly sensibility?
A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched soul balladry, the release of "TBNH" sees the band writing a new chapter in what has been an illustrious journey, whilst also making a return to their spiritual home, Acid Jazz Records.
The BNH's share a breathtaking version of Kendrick Lamar's "These Walls", recorded with long time associate and vocalist N'Dea Davenport and produced by uber-fan Mark Robson.
The album's heart, both musically and physically, is a friendship that can be traced back to the mid 80's - more specifically the shared experiences growing into adulthood in London for Simon Bartholomew (guitar) and Andrew Levy (bass) and a return to the formula that saw the group score 16 Top 40 hits and three million album sales.
Refined, reimagined and revisited, "TBNH's" features various vocalists.
They reunite with Heavies' alumni N'Dea Davenport and Siedah Garrett.
And they also collaborate with soul legends Beverly Knight and Angie Stone, alongside current singer Angela Ricci.
There's also an appearance by new boy on the block and labelmate Laville, which altogether presents a gilt-edged collection of songs.
Arguably, this is the best album of their career. Quite a statement I'm sure you'll agree!
As Simon himself says, "it's a bit clubby, a little bit sleazy, with a bit of luxury and a smidgen of street."
You have been warned....ignore at your peril!