If you’re sick of vapid rock n roll, melt into the ardent grooves of Andy John Jones’ latest funk-infused soul-rock serenade, ‘Closer’.
By channelling 70s-era Stones vibes while laying their affable soul down around bluesy hooks, Closer is the ultimate testament to the Birmingham-born artist’s talent when it comes to creating indulgent explorations of romantic frustration to timelessly enamouring tones.
The production may be smooth, but that didn’t stop plenty of lyrical grit entering the track which became an exposition of the danger of sex traps which ensnare us and keep us trapped in toxic dynamics. It’s tragically rare to hear ‘real talk’ when it comes to sex within lyricism, here’s to hoping that Andy John Jones starts a trend.
Closer is due for official release on January 22nd, you can check it out by heading over to their official website.
When seventies-style funk/electro-pop meets modern hip hop and ska, you’ve pretty much got The Turner Brothers. With new single ‘Money’, we get exactly that; serious soul-funk groove and hip hop vocals on the verses, jangly off-beat guitar and hip-swinging bass goodness spliced seamlessly into horn-section stabs and ska-funk choruses. It’s a brilliant track, the chorus catchier than those annoying little grass seeds that stick in your clothes and refuse to let go. And that’s pretty catchy.
There’s a mixture of the nutty boys and the 2Tone scene in there with nods to Madness and the Specials, mixed with jazzy soul/funk like Jamiroquai or the Brand New Heavies, but the Turner Brothers – a ten-piece line-up, no less, fronted by brothers (the clue’s in the name) Pat and Tony Turner – have taken elements of all their influences and seriously mixed them up, coming out with a sound all of their own.
On ‘Money’, it really does hook, the brass section adding little frissons of excitement atop the hip hop funk, and it really isn’t relinquishing its hold any time soon. ‘Money’ really is a serious ear-worm party-tune, and in 2020 that’s really no bad thing at all.
See the video for ‘Money’, and follow the Turner Brothers, on Facebook.