Kindred Family Soul ‘A Couple Friends’ (Shanachie) 4/5

Kindred-Family-SoulOnce again, husband and wife duo, Fatin & Aja give us an album chock full of quality songs, soulful modern instrumentation and the usual super vocals, lets get the negative out of the way – there are two tracks on here that are so removed from the rest of this album you can only shake your head in wonder at what they though they were doing. The rest however is soul music personified, straight then to the shuffling “Everybody’s hustling” so immediate, it’s like an old friend turning up after some time and catching up, you soon get into the groove, well you’ll be singing at the second play, destined for huge radio plays with its conscious lyrics and easy on the ear backing track, a monster all the way. The Philly sounding dancer “Never loved you more” with its Lou Rawls “See you when I git there” feel, this will blow up dance floors everywhere, this might even cross over to the handbag brigade, ripe for all manner of remixes. The other dancer on here is the simply stunning 70’s retro flavoured “All night lovin” the more adventurous jocks could drop this right in the middle of a crossover set, wonderful in every way. The title track is a ballad and what a way to showcase your voice, joined by only a piano, Aja takes the honours here, she has never sounded stronger, determined and so damn soulful. With the exception of the two nonsense tracks the rest of this album is spot on. With live show’s over here on the way it’s never been a better time to be a Kindred fan, I now have five albums by these guys sitting on the shelves, roll on number six.

Brian Goucher