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Thursday, Jun 12 2014 | 21:30
Image: 1590217 Ephemerals are a London based soul team featuring an allstar cast of musicians, founded and lead by producer Hillman Mondegreen (formerly of Hannah Wailliams & the Tastemakers). They are fronted by NYC-born singer Wolfgang Valbrun. Within only a couple of days, they recorded a stunning selection of songs to analogue tape that many critics dubbed as 'the best contemporary soul production' this side of the atlantic. The A-side 'Call It What You Want' is built around Valbrun's sincere vocals and a sinister soul groove that sounds like a lost Wu-Tang sample, the flip side "The Oligarch" showcases the band, letting loose on an organ- and horn-driven instrumental.

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Ephemerals are a London based soul team featuring an allstar cast of musicians from Keke Mokoro, Gene Dudley Group, Dakhla, Kalakuta Millionaires, Marvelous & Bombs. They are fronted by the Franglo-American sensation Wolf, who was born and raised in New York before moving to Paris when he was 14. He only began singing in public 3 years ago but has quickly established himself as a continental star with his band Marvelous, who supported Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers on a tour date. He met writer/producer Hillman Mondegreen, the brains and brawn of HWT after Hillman spotted the singer whilst checking out the supports for the upcoming dates. He was leaving the band to pursue other challenges at the time and was looking for a singer that could carry his next (half-written) soul album to a greater height than his first (A Hill of Feathers). Knowing Wolf was the man for the job, he finished the album using only one song from youtube as a reference of the vocalist and quickly recruited some of his previous collaborators and a few others from the UK soul scene to back the singer. The first full band rehearsal was on the first day of recording. Hillman taught the band song by song and within 3 scorching days, thanks to a broken air conditioning unit during the July heatwave, the 7-piece had recorded the album live to analogue tape at The Cowshed in North London. A few days later he added the finishing touches to the record with a strings session (featuring the Cordicella's who played on his tracks "Tell Me Something" and the breakout "Work It Out"). Also at this session, Hillman gained the backing vocal services of Hannah Curtain (lead singer of HWTastemakers) whom he had traded the favour in return for him writing a song for her next album. The album features heavy grooves and slick production, with Wolf's distinctive howl on top. Subject matter includes love, social justice, environmental damage and self determination.

"This is probably the most convincing challenge to stateside acts like Charles Bradley and Aloe Blacc to issue from the UK yet. A voice that is one hundred per cent classic. Standouts include the horns-rich funky soul of Call It What You Want and instro The Oligarch. *****" (Monkeyboxing Blog)


1. Call It What You Want ft. Wolfgang Valbrun (Vocal)
2. The Oligarch (Instrumental) Available from 23.05.2014
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