SLOW SLUSHY BOYS, THE - Chingford Train
Sello: B Soul records
Since they first formed in 1989, the French “Slow Slushy Boys” have released not less than 8 albums and a big bunch of singles, and have always kept the same sacred goal: delivering the grooviest hip-shaking R’N’B, Soul and Funk, while performing mostly original material and staying way out of the gimmicks and clichés. With the benefits of the band’s fabulous new horn section, this EP features a heavy Funk instrumental lead by organ and brass, “Chingford Train”, in the vein of Texas or New Orleans 70’s Funk with a slight touch of blaxploitation filmscore.
The second track is a sensual Soul-Jazz ode to dance and love, “Groove On Up”, with beautiful whispered backing vocals and a powerful brass riff – perhaps the most exotic/erotic track on the record. On the B side, the Slushy boys are treating us with a version of Lonnie Smith’s “Move Your Hand”, one of Blue Note’s most soulful gems; rendered here in a wild, almost Afrobeat-ized style. A glorious 10” which celebrates the joint efforts of Catapulte Records (Graham Mushnik on organ, Juste Voyant on the mixing desk) and the French Alpine “B-Soul” connection (singer Benny Gordini, drummer Luc ‘Bongo’ Det from Imperial Tiger Orchestra…) Get a groove on!