“Strong album – packs a serious punch”
Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show, BBC 6 Music
“A breath of fresh air”
“Really amazing stuff, full of killers”
Nick / Record Kicks
Peter Wermelinger, Funky & Groovy Music Records Lexicon
“What a fantastic album – this is proper funk”
Tobias Kirmayer, Tramp Records
Ever since their first collaboration on the “Mocambo Funk Forty Fives” compilation, things have gained momentum for the “Golden Girl of Funk” and the much respected Hamburg-based label and live band. Their first single “Working Woman” became an overnight smash and a prime-time club favourite of funk & soul DJs from all over the world. Initially released on the Finnish private press label Old Capital, producer legend and Grammy nominee Kenny Dope (Masters at Work, Bucketheads) picked up and remixed the song for his own label Kay Dee Records.
Gizelle Smith & Mocambo now step up with a full-length album of bonafide sister funk.
In the days of digital recording and Pro Tools editing, they show true exception to modern techniques and create their highly regarded, unique and raw soul sound, by making use of simple dynamic microphones and reel-to-reel tape machines.
In a genre which is often littered with overused clichés of the past, the charismatic Gizelle Smith adds a lot of her own flavour rather than slavishly copying icons of bygone decades. The result is a refreshing alternative to post-millenium plastic pop without being a mere retro rip-off.
From the heavy and determined “Gonna Get You” to vulnerable, gospel-tinged laments such as “Coffee High”, the album is just as deeply rooted in the music from the golden era of soul as it is a modern masterpiece in its own right.
Blazing horns, soulful guitars, driving drums and basslines combined with Gizelle’s gripping and powerful voice all weave together to create a long player that is varied and coherent at the same time.
released August 22, 2009
Sascha Weise, drums; Victor Kohn, bass; Sebastian Nagel, guitar; Björn Wagner, guitar & piano; Hank Dettweiler, organ & clavinet; Pascal Dreckmann, percussion.
The Brampton Horns - Sebastian Drescher, trumpet; Bernhard Hummer, bariton; Philip Loock, tenor.
The Hammersmith Horns - Jack Beeche & Ben Hadwen, saxophones; Ben Greenslade-Stanton & Tom White, trombones; Vicky Flint & Paul Jordanous, trumpets.
Recorded at Mocambo Studios, Hamburg & Goldhawk Studios, Shepherd’s Bush, London.
Recording engineer: Hank Dettweiler
Re-mix & mastering engineer: Def Stef
Cover photo: Melody Wong
Back cover photo: Franca Laufer
Cover design & art direction: Lasse Singelmann
PRODUCED BY THE WAGNER BROTHERS & GOLDEN GIRL