The New Mastersounds – Made For Pleasure
Leeds finest – The New Mastersounds return with their tenth studio album Made For Pleasure, their most sprawling and ambitious record to date.
The band’s core four-guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand and organist Joe Tatton-are joined by guests including super fabulous soul chanteuse Charly Lowry, revered percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon and the North Cali-based West Coast Horns, featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Cohen and trumpeter Mike Olmos.
Recorded in New Orleans, The New Mastersounds high-step through the humidity and heat leaving no soul or funk touchstone unturned. Both the title track and High & Wide are drenched in The-Meters-meet-Lee-Dorsey Big Easy funk, while tracks like Enough Is Enough, Joy and Just Gotta Run are firmly rooted in classic soul sister rhythm & blues tradition; think Tina Turner, Ann Peebles, Bettye LaVette. Super-charged by Eddie Roberts’ stinging guitar leads, Cigar Time and Sitting On My Knees take a decidedly soul-jazz turn, diving headlong into Grant Green grit and groove. Capping off Made For Pleasure and further validating its title is a dubbed out reinvention of Iggy Azalea’s smash hit Fancy that cleverly turns the pop artist’s ode to materialism into a 21st century stoner anthem with the repurposed refrain, I’m so irie.
The New Mastersounds know what feels good and deliver it in spades on their latest long player, and rightfully so, as it was after-all…Made For Pleasure.
*Fancy – master license clearance only.