BABY CHARLES debut albumPublished on Lunedì, 17 Marzo 2008
If 2008 is to be the year of the new Deep Funk scene, according to Mojo magazine then it is the members of BABY CHARLES who are the most likely candidates to lead the uprising with their debut self-titled album. After 3 heavyweight 45s, all of which have found heavy rotation in funk spots around the globe, the album is a delight to behold. Soul diva Dionne Charles delivers her unique, self-penned stunning vocal performance, while the remaining eight lay down the heavy funk grooves. Throughout the 12 tracks, the band display a range of styles which reflect their diverse influences. There's the Latin inspired bass groove in "Treading Water", the Meter's style funk of "Invisible", the James Brown influence on "Hard Man To Please" and "No Controlling Me", and even some Egyptian Jazz thrown in the mix on the instrumental track "The Sphinx". Moreover, this album includes a funk & afrobeat cover of The Artic Monkeys' hit "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" plus a version of DJ Shadows' "This Time".
Baby Charles were recently invited by Mark Lamarr to the BBC´s Maida Vale Studios to record a great live session for his "God's Jukebox" radio show. He loved the band so much he offered to write the liner notes for the album! So if veteran DJs such as Snowboy, Keb Darge and DJ Andy Smith have given it their approval, alongside the younger generation of funk lovers, isn't it about time you gave yourself over to the raw, unadulterated power of Baby Charles?
"A killer full length debut from Baby Charles -- one of the most soulful deep funk combos we've heard in a long time! The group have been bubbling under for a few years with a handful of singles, but this set really shows the full range of their powers -- and comes off like some lost indie soul set from years back! Dionne Charles is a heck of a great lead singer -- belting out the tunes here with enough raw power to match any of the other current deep funk divas on the scene -- and the rest of the group is plenty tight with their rhythms -- knowing just when to come on hard, and when to kick back a bit!"Dusty Groove America
RKX020 BABY CHARLES - self-titled out now on CD/LP/Digital Download
RK45012 BABY CHARLES - "Back Of My Hand" / "Coming From A Higher Place"
RK45014 BABY CHARLES - "I Bet You look Good On the Dancefloor" / "Time Wasting"