Coming in a long line of esteemed ground breaking British soul artists from Loose Ends, Soul2Soul, Spacek, Omar, to Amy Winehouse, Hartley & Wolfe grab the baton in creating something quite unique, different and new. Not quite R’n’B or neo soul, not quite American ‘urban’ or electronica .... perhaps more working man’s soul in sound but yet ticks a lot of musical boxes at the same time. Think Isley Brothers meets Rick James in terms of vocal delivery. Raspy deep felt, weathered classic soul with a big voice meets intergalactic pimped out grooves with bass-lines that would make Lee Scratch Perry’s Upsetters proud!
This is music that definitely gives a nod to the old school but this is not a retro throwback workout nor is it the work of soul novices. Just like a fine wine fermenting its flavors over time Greg & Vadim have been hard at work with Nightmares On Wax, Utah Saints, Featurecast, Horace Andy, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Fat Freddys Drop, amongst others in preparation of this moment.
In an era where so many vocalists seem to be dumbing down their sound and content, Hartley&Wolfe is quite the opposite. “Bespoke Future” is an album about life rejection, love failure, political misendeavors and also most importantly it’s fun, catchy and quite possibly may brew up a storm on a dance floor near you soon. Quite simply an accomplished, musical Scud Missile of pure enjoyment.