The New Mastersounds return from a year of intensive touring in the USA to deliver their fifth studio album, Plug & Play, featuring vocalist Dionne Charles.
What you get: trademark infectious grooves, warm vintage production by guitarist Eddie Roberts, and successful forays into sub-genres like psychedelic afro-funk, CTI-era jazz-funk, soul-jazz and classic soul. Though the NMS wear their musical roots on their sleeve, each track sounds unmistakably like The New Mastersounds and in Dionne Charles they have found a vocalist who can do justice to the phenomenal soulfulness of the music.
“one of the finest purveyors of hip shaking goodness since, well, James Brown and Grant Green were new faces on the scene” (Dennis Cook)
“Like Fred Wesley & The New JB's, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney or Maceo & The Macks in their day, the Mastersounds know groove and furrow it out like hogs on truffles.” (Dennis Cook)
“crate diggers and night clubbers will definitely dig the New Mastersounds” (Nick Dedina)
“Here's a marriage made in heaven: The New Mastersounds with Dionne Charles.” (Mark Lamarr)
“Soul, Afro-funk, New Orleans-Funk and one blinding piece of Soul-Jazz”