Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Gene Dudley Group - The Hilo Bay Halfway ep (2013)

The Gene Dudley Group represents an outpouring of deep soul and funk music from obscenely talented 27 year-old multi-instrumentalist residing in North London; Gene Dudley.
The debut album, Saturday Shifting, released earlier this year, caused quite a stir and quickly gained this deeply soulful producer a new army of fans, with Kenny Dope, Huey Morgan and Daz-I-Kue all singing its praises!
One of the most popular tracks from the album is the up-tempo, tropical flavoured cut The Hilo Bay Halfway - available here on vinyl for the first time. It comes complete with an exclusive 'Disco Dub Remix' from Gene himself, who uses hand claps, synths and some seriously squelchy bass to take this club monster in another, equally foot friendly direction; and one from label mate Scrimshire, whose afro flavoured guitar licks and quirky keyboard sounds guarantee similar dance floor destruction.

Add to that a brand new song from Gene Dudley, entitled The Mall Walk, and the added bonus of Gene's never before released remix of the Scrimshire classic Alignment, featuring the sultry vocals of Stac, and you've got a package filled to the brim with serious Wah Wah 45s talent!
In the live arena, rather than trying to play all the instruments himself though, Gene deploys a quartet of top notch young musicians to help him out (whilst Gene mixes it up between bass and keys throughout the set), as witnessed when they supported The Hot 8 Brass Band, played The Soundwave Festival London Launch, rocked Brixton's Hootananny, and will soon be seen again when they support Stones Throw artists Myron & E at London's Jazz Cafe in December. Look out for that, and much more to come from this new star of the deep funk and soul scene!

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