Vinyl LP £12.49 VFLP004
LP on Voodoo Funk.
CD £9.99 VFCD004
CD on Voodoo Funk.
8/10 Andrew 10th August 2014
Nath & Martin Brothers LP Money is one of the more sought after Nigerian records and therefore ripe for a wallet friendly reissue, thankfully Voodoo Funk have done though honours. The brothers were a backing band and also recorded under other names, notably Saxon Lee and the Shadows Intenational. This is thought to be their best work and indeed its deep soul jazz and funk mean it can stand up against acts such as the Meters.
An 8 piece outfit their sound is full, grounded in the mellow funk & soul jazz that drifted across the Atlantic from the States, but supplemented with a distinct African twist. Tracks such as Baby and Money stand out, however the album is a pretty consistent listen, rather than them being a one hit one trick type band. Touches of highlife pinpoint the geographical origin of the music, however the steady groove of the rhythem section and accomplished organ mean that thisnis no parody of their American brothers.
Tracks vary between English and native tongue, this gives more nuance rather than jarring, the 9 tracks forming a solid work that rewards repeat listening as the music becomes more intoxicating as you get more absorbed in the sounds.
An excellent album well worth your money. Fans of Soundway, Analog Africa and Struts afro based comps should really dig in.
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