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Wednesday, Nov 11 2009 | 19:47 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

6776The New Mastersounds formed in 1999 and started making records shortly after that. Ten years later in 2009 the band managed to make their sixth studio album, in the midst of their busiest touring schedule to date.

As with previous records, “Ten Years On” presents an impressive range of grooves and styles, all sheltering from the grey English drizzle under a big jazz-funk umbrella. There’s the familiar vintage-sounding production, courtesy of guitarist and bandleader Eddie Roberts. The core of the band is the same as on 2008’s “Plug & Play”, with Simon Allen on drums, Pete Shand on Fender P-bass, and Joe Tatton on organ, piano and various other vintage keyboards.

The album has guests aplenty, some of them sending in their performances by email from distant shores. JD73 plays Rhodes on Dusty Groove, lending it a distinctly Headhuntersish sound. Seattle-based sax experimentalist Skerik adds dark, lush textures to the eight-minute soundtrack opus OOOM. Fellow Leeds luminary Sam Bell brings the percussion to Eddie’s Benson-eque disco-jazz on Cielo while Madrid-based Chip Wickham toots a mean flute on Chocolate Chip.

The CD version features a very special bonus track with a vocal contribution from Grace Potter, the 24-year-old ascendant rock-star and friend of the Mastersounds from the US festival scene. “Nothing But the Water (II)” is an NMS cover of one of Grace’s own original tunes. Eddie came up with a new arrangement and the band recorded it in Leeds without Grace, who was busy writing her new album in L.A. We contacted Breakestra’s Miles Tackett who kindly agreed to record Grace’s vocal in his studio. Grace sang along to the backing-track, Miles sent back the vocal part over the ether, and Eddie mixed the finished tune – hey presto, and it’s funky as hell!

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Tracklisting:

01. San Frantico
02. Soulshine
03. MRG
04. Chocolate Chip
05. Nothing But The Water (II)
06. Narcolepsy
07. Filmsy
08. Dusty Groove
09. The Road To Fuji Rock
10. Cielo
11. OOOM
12. Make Me Proud!

The album The New MastersoundsTen Years On” (One Note) is going to be released November 27, 2009.

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