Kings Go Forth: The Outsiders Are Back - Album of the Month - June 2010

~ Thursday, 10 June 2010
This is good. No, this is amazing. Kings Go Forth are a 10 piece funk collective hailing from Milwaukee that is made up of members from numerous other bands and are brought together by a love of soulful funky music. The guys have captured perfectly a sound that I thought I would never hear again except for digging out my old Stax vinyl. This has the heart of Curtis Mayfield with the soul of Gil Scott Heron and the attitude of Rufus Thomas.

These guys really have nailed their sound. From the production to the arrangements they have got the authenticity down to a tee. They also feature 3 vocalists up front giving them a real depth and a looseness that exposes a raw edge.

The album opens in fine style with the fast and furious One Day which bares comparisons with the funk classic 'Move On Up'. Perhaps it is the stabbing brass or the seriously hyper percussion but its there. There is a good balance between the more upbeat and the mellow with tracks like Get A Feeling, I Don't Love You No More and Now Were Gone keeping the tempo to the max and guaranteeing full dance floors at Northern Soul nights the length and breadth of the country. The mellower side of this band shows itself in the luscious High On Your Love. The vocals are simply faultless making it quite irresistible.

A surprise is 1000 songs which moves away from the funk soul sound on the rest of the album and is a classy piece of Ska. This album works from start to finish and is a tribute to the skill of the musicians who made it. If you sit still through any of this record we suggest you go and see a doctor as you may indeed be dead. This is funking good music and no mistake.

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