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The New Mastersounds

One of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene, the New Mastersounds play taut, old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States. The New Mastersounds were formed in 1999 by guitarist Eddie Roberts, who was DJ'ing at a weekly club night in Leeds devoted to classic soul and funk. When the event moved to a new venue that covered two floors, Roberts saw the opportunity to add a live band to the mix, and he recruited drummer Simon Allen, who had previously played with Roberts in a band called the Mastersounds. With the addition of Pete Shand on bass and Bob Birch on piano and organ, the new act was complete, and in tribute to their old group, Roberts and Allen dubbed the combo the New Mastersounds.

It didn't take long for word about the New Mastersounds to spread, and in 2000 they released a pair of 7" singles on Blow It Hard Records drawn from early rehearsal tapes. In 2001, they recorded their first full-length album, Keb Darge Presents: The New Mastersounds, which was issued on Darge's Deep Funk label; the album earned enthusiastic reviews, and top DJs such as Cut Chemist, Pete Rock, and DJ Shadow sampled their grooves. Their second LP, 2003's Be Yourself, included guest vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae, and following a third studio set, 2005's This Is What We Do, the band documented the sound of its fabled live sets on 2006's Live at La Cova, recorded at a club gig in Spain. In 2006, the New Mastersounds briefly expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Rob Lavers on sax and flute (a number of guest horn players have recorded and toured with the group over the years), but he parted ways with them in 2007, the same year Bob Birch left the lineup, making way for new keyboard man Joe Tatton.

As the New Mastersounds toured clubs and festivals around the world, they continued to attract new fans, including American funk legends Art Neville of the Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley of James Brown's J.B.'s, and George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, all of whom have jammed with the combo on-stage. In 2008, they collaborated with vocalist Dionne Charles on the album Plug & Play, and in 2009 they celebrated their tenth anniversary with the appropriately titled Ten Years On, which included guest spots from Grace Potter, Chip Wickham, and Skerik. Having established a strong fan base in the U.K., Europe, and Japan, the New Mastersounds began looking to the United States. During a stay in Texas, they cut Breaks from the Border (2011), which featured vocals from the group members for the first time. Out on the Faultline (2012) was a Bay Area affair, recorded in Oakland and San Francisco. It was followed by The Hamburg Session (2013), a performance documented in Germany. The band's studio recordings resumed with Therapy (2014) and Made for Pleasure (2015), made near Red Rocks, Colorado and New Orleans, respectively.

At the end of the 2014/2015 tour, the New Mastersounds entered the Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville. They selected tunes from previous albums that had evolved in concert over the previous decade. In front of a small, invited studio audience, the band multi-tracked these tunes -- as well as a fresh take of jazz guitarist Grant Green's arrangement of James Brown's "In the Middle" -- live to one-inch tape during that single session. Following the performance, the recordings were mixed down to quarter-inch stereo tape, then cut direct to vinyl lacquers. The album was released in a limited edition on 1000 vinyl copies in April of 2016. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Therapy

1. Old Man Noises

2. Morning Fly

3. I Want You To Stay

4. Monday Meters

5. When It Rains...

6. Whistle Song

7. Soul Sista

8. Stop This Game

9. Slow Down

10. Wwiii (And How To Avoid It)

11. Detox

12. Treasure

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Track List: Breaks From The Border

1. Take What You Need

2. Run The Gauntlet

3. On The Border

4. Free Man

5. Freckles

6. Passport

7. Walk In These Shoes

8. Josus

9. Can You Get It?

10. Turn It Up

11. Up In The Air

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Track List: Re::Mixed

1. Idle Time (Lack Of Afro Remix)

2. Drop It Down (B Remix)

3. Hey Fela! (Diesler Featuring Laura Vane Remix)

4. Bamboos Remix)

5. Thirty Three (Juju Orchestra Remix)

6. The Tin Drum (Dj Farrapo Remix)

7. Witness (Smoove Remix)

8. Your Love Is Mine (Nostalgia 77 Remix)

9. Nervous (Kenny Dope Remix)

10. Thirty Three (Valique Remix)

11. Return To Gijon (Aiff Remix)

12. Bus Stop No.5 (Afrokats Crew)

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Track List: 102%

1. 102%

2. Wintess

3. Carrot Juice

4. 33 (A Fine Year To Die)

5. Colorado Sun (Jeses Backyear)

6. Give Me A Minute (Part 2)

7. Rope-A-Dope

8. Hey Fela!

9. Bus Stop No. 5

10. Return To Gijon

11. Forgiveness

12. Talk Is Cheap

13. L.A. Root Down (Dub Side Of The Pier)

14. Paranoid (Is It Any Wonder?)

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Track List: Be Yourself

1. This Ain't Work

2. Your Love Is Mine

3. Can't Hold Me Down

4. Be Yourself

5. Better Off Dead

7. Barca

8. Six Underground

9. Coming Up Roses

10. Coming Down

11. R.T.A.

12. Do What You Gotta Do

13. Idle Time

15. Your Love Is Mine

16. The Minx

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Track List: Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds

1. Nervous

2. Drop It Down

3. G.T.

4. Turn This Thing Around

5. Miracles

6. Python

7. Hot Dog

8. Stay On The Goove

9. So Many Pies

10. Coffee Providers

11. The Rooster

12. Bondo Sama

13. One Note Brown

14. It's All Right Now

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Track List: Made For Pleasure

1. Made For Pleasure

2. High & Wide

3. Enough Is Enough

4. Fancy

5. Cigar Time

6. Joy

7. Sitting On My Knees

8. Let's Do Another

9. Pho Baby

10. Just Gotta Run

11. Tranquilo

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Yeah, nervous, is a good title because London, you better support Nigel Farage and Brexit June 23rd, 2016!!!!!!
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Seen them live a few times and the panties were flying
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oh.. okay then
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PEACE FRENCHY

GREAT instrumental funk /soul. Reminds me of the ho p s**t I grew up with in the '60's &"70's. AlWAYS amazed by the spread of African American music. Blues. Jazz. Gospel, Funk. Rock, HIP HOP, Soul. DAMNNN. These Brits. Got the S**T T.OGETHER
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If this doesn't get her panties off, nothing will.
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In fact I might be in love with the lead singer, Fanny Franklin you fine girl!!
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Great live show. Beautiful soulful singer, b3 hammond, horn section. If you like to shake it go see this band. West coast funk.
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polingkf
Yeeeeaaah Booooooyyyy! That's some stanky funk!!!
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see them live. very fun shows
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Brings back good memories
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wow...lotta energy there!
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Diggin this...never heard of them before
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Nice old school.
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saleenspeed6 4 1 2
Break beats for you Bboys and Bgirls out there!
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mrroblee
good work and glad songs don't repeat that often!
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True FONK SOLDIERS!!
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They sound like funk from the time of tube amps. Warm and funky. Analog still grooves
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james bond theme in jazz?
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woop woooop ….
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Love it
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love their soul jazz!
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sick groove, nice jams....
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sick...
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Programming a Casio keyboard does not constitute funk
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Love these guys will not miss them when they come to town
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Funk at its finest. LOVE TNMS!!
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Really like what I heard. Really nice. Need to come to Orlando. :-)
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hgershman
Hot Chocolate any one?
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Get the funk out'a here! SUPER GROOVEY!
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The New Mastersounds are one of my favorite instrumental funk outfits! I love the gritty, lo-fi production value. Each album sounds like it was recorded in a garage on an a reel-to-reel 8-track and then cut straight to vinyl, which is very tasteful when you're doing for this kind of retro feel.
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Tower of Power wld be proud of these guys.
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tony.ricardo . g r e e n
Not bad. This is why I love pandora...al s o discovered these guys on pandora. ...along the same vein. http://orgon e s p a c e . c o m /
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jtucker961
These cats are bad. Never heard this kind of solid old school jam from such a young crew. Lots of new energy, too. Good luck to you fellows.
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byrnesthree
cool sound, just plain GOOD!
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i love there music
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these guys knocked the sandals off of a lot of people at HSMF last year. A band that's going places for sure!
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The Pot is Defnite ON - The Fire is High - THEY COOKED
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SAWEEEEEET. THX Pdora.
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Saw these Cats at the Catskill Chill, Hancock, NY in Sept. '10.

They COOKED!
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Had the opportunity to listen live, and play on one tune with these guys a couple years ago....highl i g h t of my life! That unwavering "pocket" that Pete (bass) and Simon (drums) lay down on their studio recordings, which I believe is the first element that grabs your ear (and soul) when you listen to this band 'cause the groove is sooooooooo f*****g hard, is even more transforming to experience live! Eddie is a BEAST on the guitar. Seemingly unassuming Joe's melodies are superb, to say the least
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sound like corrine bailey?
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mradowski
That's such a nice Wurli sound.
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Funktastic!
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If you like these guys, check out: Cookin' On Three Burners and Diplomats of Solid Sound
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How have I not heard/listen e d to these guys before?! Yet another band that is, thankfully, keepin' it funky.
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sterlingmac
Check out the feature length documentary film about the New Mastersounds - "Coals to Newcastle" And see them live no mater what....
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mahakala1
thank you for the eargasm and the new world cosmic funk
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great band. love "hey Fela."
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Well now....THAT is FUNKY!
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pogswarts
Where is their latest CD "Ten Years On"?
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