Made For Pleasure Royal Potato Family, Légère Recordings, P-Vine Records, 2015

On October 2nd, 2015 The New Mastersounds return with Made For Pleasure - their most sprawling and ambitious record to date, featuring collaborations with vocalist Charly Lowry, percussionist Mike Dillon, and San Francisco-based West Coast Horns (aka tenor saxophonist Joe Cohen and trumpeter Mike Olmos.) Recorded in New Orleans, The New Mastersounds high-step through the humidity and heat leaving no soul or funk touchstone unturned. Both the title track and “High & Wide” are drenched in The-Meters-meet-Lee-Dorsey Big Easy funk, while tracks like “Enough Is Enough,” “Joy” and “Just Gotta Run” are firmly rooted in classic soul sister rhythm & blues tradition; think Tina Turner, Ann Peebles, Bettye LaVette. Super-charged by Eddie Roberts’ stinging guitar leads, “Cigar Time” and “Sitting On My Knees” take a decidedly souljazz turn, diving headlong into Grant Green grit and groove. Capping off Made For Pleasure and further validating its title is a dubbed out reinvention of Iggy Azalea’s smash hit “Fancy” that cleverly turns the pop artist’s ode to materialism into a 21st century stoner anthem with the repurposed refrain, “I’m So Irie,” sung by Denver-based rastaman, Spellbinder. The New Mastersounds know what feels good and deliver it in spades on their latest long-player. It was, after all, Made For Pleasure.


  1. Made For Pleasure
  2. High & Wide
  3. Enough is Enough (feat. Charly Lowry)
  4. Fancy (feat. Spellbinder)
  5. Cigar Time
  6. Joy (feat. Charly Lowry)
  7. Sitting On My Knees
  8. Let's Do Another
  9. Pho Baby
  10. Just Gotta Run (feat. Charly Lowry)
  11. Tranquilo

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CDs / LPs

Made For Pleasure

(2015)

Therapy

(2014)

The Hamburg Session

(2014)

Out On The Faultline

(2012)

An Introduction to The New Mastersounds Vol. 2

(2012)

Breaks from the Border

(2011)

Ten Years On

(2009)

Live in San Francisco

(2009)

Plug & Play

(2008)

Re::Mixed

(2007)

An Introduction to The New Mastersounds

(2007)

102%

(2007)

Live at La Cova

(2006)

This Is What We Do

(2005)

Be Yourself

(2003)

Keb Darge Presents…

(2001)

Singles

Yo Momma b/w You Mess Me Up

(2011)

San Frantico b/w Chocolate Chip (feat. Chip Wickham)

(2008)

King Comforter b/w All We Can Do

(2007)

Hole in the Bag b/w Hole in the Bag (Drawbar Remix)

(2007)

Thirty Three b/w Talk is Cheap

(2005)

Give Me a Minute part one b/w part two

(2004)

Butter Fo Yo Popcorn b/w Vandenberg Suite

(2004)

Baby Bounce b/w The Minx

(2003)

Your Love is Mine feat. Corinne Bailey Rae b/w This Ain’t Work

(2002)

Nervous b/w bonus beats

(2002)

So Much Better b/w Better off Dead

(2001)

Get Back b/w Can’t Hold Me Down

(2001)

Nervous b/w Turn This Thing Around

(2000)

It’s All Right Now b/w instrumental version

(2000)

Hot Dog b/w Drop it Down

(2000)

One Note Brown b/w Burnt Back

(1999)

Taurus b/w Ode to Bobbie Gentry

(1999)

Fire b/w Foxy Lady

(1999)