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There’s been some pretty awful retro-soul sloshing around in the years since Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ blew up and made it commercial. But done with guts and gusto it can still be a winning formula, and you can’t argue with a combo that includes Missy Elliot protégée and frequent Black Keys vocalist Nicole Wray, South London belter Terri Walker and Brooklyn duo Truth & Soul (behind Aloe Blacc’s global smash ‘I Need A Dollar’). You know exactly what you’ll get: Hammond organs, bongoes, horns everywhere and raw, strong-woman vocals from Walker and Wray. It’s sassy, saucy, sexy and attitudinous, and though you’ve heard a lot of it before, ‘Self-Titled’ hits the spot more often than it misses.
File under: Retro-funky divas
Download: ‘Hold On’, ‘Good Lovin’, ‘Get Ready’, ‘Habit’
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