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Speedometer - Soul Grooving

Speedometer Soul Grooving
Speedometer - Soul Grooving (Live)
(CD) Freestyle Records FSRCD054, 2009-06-05

M-Swift, aka Shouhei Matsushita is the talented instrumentalist and producer who hails from Hiroshima, Japan but has lived in London and has been wide open to musical influences from around the world. As a fan of soul and jazz from a young age he has absorbed all the best elements of classic and contemporary black music and forged a singular identity that enables him to stand out in a musical landscape of sound a likes and copyists. M-Swift's soulful, funky house and jazz inflected R'n'B combined with the spectacular talents of renowned vocalists such as Eric Roberson, Tony Momrelle, Joy Rose, Donna Gardier and Vanessa Haynes, and some of the worlds greatest musicians such as guitar maestro Tony Remy, and vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais whose combined talents makes for an up tempo, feel good record.

Speedometer Soul Grooving
Speedometer - Soul Grooving (Live)
(CD) Freestyle Records FSRCD054, 2009-06-05

Tracklisting :
01. Speedopener
02. At The Speakeasy
03. Kool To Be Uncool
04. What Am I Gonna Do?
05. Answer To Mother Popcorn
06. Make It Alright
07. Kool & The Gang / Let The Music Take Your Mind
08. Four Flights Up
09. Soul Grooving
10. Am I Your Woman (Tell Me So)
11. No Man Worries
12. Work It Out

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Press Release :
Speedometer will be already well known to contemporary fans of funk and soul - having already released several hit albums and toured extensively across Europe and Japan where the band have attained star status. The bands live gigs are always sell out affairs, and now this release allows you to experience the band live in the comfort of your own home.

'Soul Groovin' captures the excitement of a live Speedometer gig, from the outset, the thrashing greasy organ intro of 'Speedopener' sets the pace for the rest of this foot stomping live set. The individual band members get a chance stretch out on 'Kool To Be Uncool' and show why their reputation is second to none.

No Speedometer show would be complete without the sultry blue eyed soul of Ria Curries' vocals and on 'Soul Groovin' Ria hits the spot on more than occasion, but none more so than on the bands cover version of 'Answer To Mother Popcorn' and not to mention the live favourite 'No Man Worries'

Speedometer doff their caps in the direction of Kool & The Gang before launching into the mini funkified, filmic epic that is 'Four Flights Up' where meaty horns, super tough drums and synth team up to make keeping still impossible and then take a left turn as the band delve deep into latino rhythms to provide the icing on this particularly groovy cake!

Ria returns to round of the set, starting with 'Am I Your Woman' whose intro riff will ring a few bells here and there - before the gritty, sexy grunting groove of 'Work It Out' jumps up several gears into hyper drive, providing an uptempo closer to 'Soul Groovin', Speedometer doing what they do best!

Biography :
The UK's premier funk band started out as a quartet gigging in small clubs in the Southeast of England in 1999, playing classic funk tunes by artists such as The Meters and The JB's. The band soon expanded, adding the now renowned horn section (The Rev Horns) and vocalists (The Speedettes) in 2001, which has enabled them to deliver the powerhouse deep funk sound they're known for today.

In 2000, the first single was released "Soul Safari" on Soul Fire Records and soon followed several other releases by other labels. Each of the limited run 45 singles sold out to a rapidly growing funk audience. Three years later the band joined forces with Blow it Hard Records to record the first Speedometer LP. THIS IS SPEEDOMETER (VOL.I) which blended their love of heavy deep funk with Soul and fused this with Latin grooves that gave the eagerly awaiting funk fans and DJ's one of the best new authentic funk albums since the 1970's.

2005 saw the follow up album "THIS IS SPEEDOMETER (VOL. 2)".This second volume proved the bands credentials in delivering unrivalled heavyweight funk grooves and super-soul vocals from soul diva Ria Currie and the Speedettes. The funky re-work of Beyonce's "Work it out" has been one of the most successful new funk 45's to date and in the top 10 of most funk/soul DJ's around the globe. The album also led them to Japan for a fantastic sellout tour playing 8 shows in Nagoya & Osaka. Check out 'Speedometer live in Japan' video on u tube. Just type Speedometer funk into the search box.

2006 saw Freestyle Records in the UK release "Diggin Deeper". A compilation of all of Speedometer's early 7" 45 releases in one place on CD for the very first time. It also saw them back in Big Noise Studios to start laying tracks for the next album "4 Flights Up" due out in early 2007 on Freestyle Records. Over the years, Speedometer has worked with many of the US funk legends including Sir Joe Quarterman, Eddie Bo, Marva Whitney, Sharon Jones, James Bell (The Highlighters), Lee Fields, Billy Wooten and most recently, gigging and cutting two tracks in the studio with Robert Moore. (To be released soon)All the artists were blown away by Speedometer's authenticity to the original soul-funk sound The 2007 album "Four Flights Up" is widely regarded as one of the best funk albums of the last 10years. The band will be releasing a live album in March 2009 and start recording their 5th studio album in summer 2009 for release end of the year. The heaviest funk is yet to come...


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