I've mentioned before that one of the great things about doing this is getting a variety of music from all over the world. I'll be honest. I't hard for me to pass up the opportunity to hear retro soul from Spain, which is how this band was advertised in the email sent to me.
Retro soul is a great description for this band. This band makes the kind of soul music that is hard to come by these days. This band has that kind of sound you can find on just about any release from Daptone Records (the album is co-produced by Binky Griptite of The Dap-Kings) with horns, funky rhythms that will get your hips moving, and some powerful but smooth vocals.
But it's not just the sound of this band that makes it seem retro. It's the message. Let's face it. A lot of soul singers were great at protest songs and songs with a heavy message. I've always found that one of the most charming things about funk and soul: the ability to get people moving and thinking simultaneously. "We Must Fight" captures the essence of all those old soul protest songs. It includes the lyrics "We must try for better. Don't give up. Keep your head...Don't lose hope for the future." For better or worse, those words still ring as true as when they were being sung by the likes of Sam Cooke or Willie Hightower.
Another good example of that retro sound is at the beginning of "I Won't Say I Love You." The intro of this song sounds like the beginning of a blaxploitation film. Granted, the entire album is filled with retro sounds, but even to people who don't know much about music, the beginning of this tune will sound vaguely vamiliar.
If you've been searching in vain for some great soul music, look no further. The Pepper Pots has the cure for what ails you. So, buy this album, put it on, and get moving. If that doesn't cure your ills, I'm not sure what will.
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