Via Piccadilly Records:
A treat for anyone who does their dancing at the soulful end of the spectrum here, as house legend Ron Trent takes on executive production duties for this sumptuous serving of modern jazz-funk. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Atmosphere, Dinosaur L and Raw Silk, and in the good company of Ron Trent and Jonesy, multi-instrumental maestro Jared Hines took to the studio and laid down five body moving, soul soothing tracks inflected with just a touch of the power cosmic.
Opening cut "Mother Confessor" sees the ensemble lock the dial on an intergalactic broadcast of jazz-funk classics, riffing on the "Dancing In Outer Space" bassline and "Wood, Brass and Steel" melody, while the backmasked vocal and thick film of cosmic slop provide their own psychedelic shimmer. Next up, our sonic explorers harness the synthetic majesty of a lost West End classic for the dubbed out disco/boogie sounds of "The Gift", a fast paced peak timer which bounds out the stacks like a Francois K mix of a Sharon Redd stormer. "Nicci" rounds out the A-side with an emotive chord progression and some wild guitar solos whilst retaining the full phat funk of the previous two cuts.
Over on the flipside, "People's Palace (Devotion)" sees A Band Called Flash set phasers for stun and head off on a intergalactic dub disco excursion complete with head fucking fx, killer rhythm breaks and a euphoric 'loveboat' chorus. Last but by no means least, "Sliph" offers a low slung take on the kind of bass heavy jazz funk the Parisians jacked for the first wave of French Touch. If the on point percussion and infectious bassline weren't enough to get fingers a-popping and feet a-stomping, then Andrew Zhang's outrageous rhodes solo should take you to Cloud Nine. It's already getting major props from Piccadilly staff Michael and Patch and is set to fly off the shelves, so don't dilly dally.
“The Gift” has The Time dancing in zoot-suited formation to the Minneapolis Funk of Prince`s “Controversy”. A lead guitar Detroit leaning. “Mother Confessor” strips it back, ups the handclaps and sounds more like Jam & Lewis making good their escape with the S.O.S. Band. That guitar now reaching for outerspace. “Nicci” recaptures the innovative, independent Brit-Funk of Andy Sojka`s Atmosfear, while “People`s Palace (Devotion)” & “Sliph” take that template and do it over in the manner of Faze Action and the Idjut Boys, all jazzy keys, an “Another One Bites The Dust” b-line, bongos and delay. — Test Pressing
Good jazz-funk has no sell-by-date. And as A Band Called Flash prove ever so fruitfully, it never fails to cause a spirited head nod at the very least. Exec produced by Ron Trent and Jonesy, Mother Confessor is the work of artist, writer and producer Jared Hines — and boy, does it half whiff of your favourite Atmosfear record or the alternative disco sounds of Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L. — Boiler Room