The New Mastersounds – Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy expands on the NMS template while still providing plenty of the band’s trademark sounds. Guitarist Eddie Roberts, drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand and keyboardist Joe Tatton are joined by a number of guests: Sam Bell, one of the founding members of NMS precursor The Mastersounds who also guested on two previous NMS albums, plays percussion on most of the tracks. Mike Olmos and Joe Cohen of West Coast Horns once again provide added horn action as they did on Made For Pleasure from 2015, while Adryon de León from LA band Orgone contributes vocals on Gonna Be Just Me. Uptempo numbers Tantalus and Yokacoka see the band flexing their playing chops over a tightly-wound rhythm, while Green Was Beautiful and Groovin’ On The Groomers are toe-tapping slabs of soul jazz. The moody Hancock-esque inflections of Stash and the sweet mellow vibes of Swimming With My Fishies add the final brush strokes of colour to the canvas.
After almost two decades of activity it’s obvious The New Mastersounds are in no shortage of fuel, indeed they appear to have found the formula with which to stay relevant and fresh, running on Renewable Energy.