With their early summer release, Smoove & Turrell, the UK’s funkiest duo provides the world’s dancefloors an extraordinary piece of work.
It’s the eclecticity of Smoove’s beats that make sure this album isn’t for the funk and soul heads only.
The diversity of styles on the record (look out for the scratchy sounds in ’Slow Down’ or the smooth disco beat in ’In Deep’) makes the listening a joyful and rich journey, as each song tells a different story.
Even though you can easily twist and shout to the tunes on Eccentric Audio at any given party, every song has a profond message, presented by the captivatingly soulful voice of John Turrell. Touching topics like crossroads in life, hopelessness, need for change, money (or the lack of it), Turrell’s talent shows as a great lyricist.
Eccentric Audio has set the standards extremely high both lyrically and musically, so expect to hear Smoove and Turrell’s latest at beach parties, bars, clubs – and most likely on your music player.
Eccentric Audio is the second album from Geordie duo Smoove & Turrell. Their first album Antique Soul established John Turrell as the UK’s leading Bluesman and scored the duo live sessions on the BBC, two Records of the week on Radio 2 and a playlist on 6 Music. During the year they were promoting their debut album Antique Soul, John’s incredible blues vocals had not gone unnoticed and he received offers to moonlight as the singer for Ashley Beedle’s MAVIS project and as singer for the Fantasy Funk Band – a live band put together by long time Smoove & Turrell supporter and all round top funker Craig Charles. With the support of Smoove – John spread his prodigious talent as far and wide as possible in 2010 playing with James Taylor , Dr Rubberfunk and Kraak & Smaak as well as the collaborations above in order to draw as much attention to the next Smoove & Turrell album as possible. And so after a winter and spring hibernation in the studio – Smoove & Turrell are back with their second album Eccentric Audio. All questions about a difficult second album are brushed aside with the first listen which shows John Turrell at the top of his game lyrically and vocally while Smoove delivers a timeless production that references but never mimics the greats of soul, hip hop, jazz and rhythm and blues. More focused than their first album, tracks like Money are influenced by the politically aware black music of the 70’s while the incredibly melancholy Wasted Man owes as much to songwriters like Nick Drake and trip hop like Massive Attack as it does to Funk & Soul. First single Slow Down sees John deliver a powerful vocal that evokes the ratpack at their height (assuming Frank, Dean & the boys had lived through acid house and a youth growing up in the North east that is), Broke delivers a riff that De la Soul would have been proud of and Higher is a full tilt Northern Soul stomper. Never ones to forget about what their fans want – live favourites Let Yourself Go, Hard Work and It’s the Falling In Love make sure that this is an album you could put on repeat at a party. An accomplished DJ who makes his living by making people dance, Smoove’s hand is all over the album sequence which builds and drops, ebbs and flows until as the final bar rings out the listener knows they have just been part of Something Special.
Written by Flóra Hidasi aka arolF for Migrations Radio Show