Nothing But The Truth
  • Genre:Funk
  • Released:22/09/2009
  • Label:Freestyle
  • Price:$29.95
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Nothing But The Truth

Soul Sugar

The Hammond Organ has provided the backbone of much popular music since its invention 75 years ago. From gospel, blues, jazz, soul, funk, rock and reggae. The unmistakable, gritty sound of this groovy septuagenarian has been loved (and lets be honest, sometimes hated) by successive generations. It might even be suggested that the Hammond sound has nothing new to offer in the 21st century, after so many decades as the workhorse of black music?that is until the man behind Soul Sugar, Guillaume Metenier put together this new collection for Freestyle Records. Guillaume is a highly respected Parisian keyboard player whose previous credits include The Last Poets, Emilie Simon as well as being a long time collaborator of production maestro and trip hop hero Kid Loco. Indeed, Kid Loco has worked together with Guillaume on Nothing But The Truth to produce the perfect mix of vintage sounds and styles, but with a contemporary edge. From outset of the sublime opener Silver, which features the voice of Hammond legend and Guillaumes organ tutor Dr Lonnie Smith, this project blends, Hammond, piano, squelchy analogue synthesisers and fresh beats and production to refresh one of black musics most enduring genres, this is psychedelic, chilled out, soul jazz for modern ears. As a tribute to the Hammonds incredible legacy, Lonnie Smiths Play It Back gets a loving reworking for contemporary times, as does Jimmy Smiths Mellow Mood but it is Guillaumes deft, highly original approach on tracks like Sagittarius and Ritual that sets this collection apart from the often derivative organ sounds so prevalent today. Hear how a Hammond groove and a house beat can work together beautifully like old friends on First Come, experience the funky fuzz rock soundtrack feel of Rolling, feel the ever changing musical soundscapes on this album, which also features drummer Yvo Abadi (Amadou & Maryam) and percussionist Phillippe Monrose (Brooklyn Funk Essentials) that ensures that Soul Sugars first Freestyle Records release Nothing But The Truth breaks new ground and also keeps the organ groove re energized, fresh and relevant for contemporary fans of top quality sounds.

U.K. Import

Track Listing

  • Silver (Secret Mix3.36 
  • Ritual5.00 
  • Play It Back6.00 
  • Nothing But The Truth6.30 
  • Mellow Mood6.38 
  • Sagittarius4.25 
  • Rolling5.35 
  • Winner Funk5.27 
  • First Come6.00 
  • Isaac's5.37 

Total running time: 54:48

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