Published on Martedì, 01 Aprile 2008

Produced by Freestyle Records LACK OF AFRO aka Adam Gibbons, Record Kicks proudly presents the new album from Iowa City ambassadors of funk and soul, The DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND, featuring for the first time The Diplomettes. Having already cut 3 full length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (2001) on their own Prescription records and both "Let´s Cool One" (2003) and "Destination Get Down!" (2005) on the mighty Estrus records. Each release saw the band growing in sophistication and depth as they ingested the sounds of 60s soul, R&B and deep funk. Cut to 2006 and The Diplomats became backing band to RnB/Soul legend Andre Williams. They recorded "Aphrodisiac" with ´Mr. Rhythm´ which was released in 2006 on both Pravda records and Spanish label Vampisoul. The same year they asked 3 three gifted soul sirens (Sarah Cram, Katherine Ruestow, and Abigail Sawyer) aka the Diplomettes to join the band, which brings us bang up to date and to the album you have in your hands 10 tracks of irresistible funk, R&b and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dancefloor. As an added bonus, Lack Of Afro put in a bit of overtime in the studio to sprinkle his magic on "Hurt Me So", giving it a skanking reggae feel whilst retaining the silky smooth vocals.

"The Diplomats Of Solid Sound have really grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years – starting as more of a garage/mod instrumental combo, but now emerging fully formed as a razor-sharp funk act! They've still got plenty roots in the 60s, and there's a definite soulful vibe to their music – but the drums are even harder than before, and they've really turned some ofof their energy towards more 70s-styled grooves. This set features the core combo with really great organ and electric piano lines from Nate Count Basinger – plus tenor, baritone sax, guitar, and drums – and some tracks also feature vocals from the The Diplomettes female trio, a group with a sharper edge than you might expect!" Dusty Groove Chicago

RKX022 DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - "The Diplomats Of Solid Sound feat. The Diplomettes" out on CD/LP/Digital
RK45015 DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - "Plenty Nasty" / "Hurt Me So (LOA rmx) on 45/Digital
RK45023 DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND - "If You're rong (I Don't Wanna Be Right)" / "If You're Wrong (LOA rmx)" on 45/Digital

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