Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Mamas Gun - Golden Days, album review


A timely listen and review for me, hot on the heals of yesterday's Lamont Dozier - no, this isn't a direct comparison - but this neusoul ol'soul outing, led by singer, writer and arranger Andy Platts, is an empathetic and informed part of the lineage.

There's clear nods to Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson in the vocals, and upbeat soul overall, even in London Girls [there's a geographical touchstone for the band] some fuzzed instrumentation to add dimension. Platts' falsetto sets its own marker at times, as in The Spooks, though I'm sure this signals The Stylistics for many. Whatever, the style is fresh and vibrant.

An excellent album.

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