Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Sweet Vandals - Lovelite (2009)

For their second album, the Sweet Vandals have served up a delicious menu of Hammond-drench funk, gently marinated in a soul sauce. Singer Mayka Edjole is a true soul diva and knows how to belt it out, while the rest of the band keep the grooves lean and tight.

Highlights include the pumped-up opener "Thank You For You" which will be a sure fire hit on the rare groove scene and is as funky as anything the Dap-Kings or the Bamboos have come up with.

On "What About Love" and "Every Woman Is A Diva" they up the soul factor with a track with a strong Dusty Springfield flavor.

The band's love of all things analogue mean that this was recorded using vintage equipment to give it that authentic swinging sound. The horn sections are never less than tremendous and the drumming is clean and tight. "Love Lite" was named after the Berlin venue where they have played and the Sweet Vandals are currently touring Europe at the moment. This long player cements their reputation as deep funk superstars and a force to be reckoned with.

The Sweet Vandals - Thank You For You

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