Soul Scratch ‘Pushing Fire’ (Colemine) 5/5

I’ve been hoping that this lot would eventually get an album out, the 45 “Telephone” has been hammered here at home and I’v managed to play it out too. A funky dancer with a real choppy sound, great vocals ride the rhythm effortlessly. Then the album arrived and thankfully it’s more of the same – you may remember me raving over the St Paul & The Broken Bones first album, well this ain’t a million miles from that sound, Dale Spollet and Paul Janeway should consider a duet, what a tune that would be!
First up two tracks hit me big time, “Kiss me in the morning” and “Thankyou”, both are majestic downtempo cuts oozing with soul and would sound the dogs bollocks on radio, the rest are funky danceable well-sung tunes. The group consists of Dale Spollett on vocals, Joel Givertz on guitar, Johnny Chou on Bass, Adam Greenberg on Drums, Matt Reale on trumpet and Ian Anderson on Sax supported by Roger Rivas, Dan Hastie and Joel on keys and Kassandra Kocoshis on percussion. First of the funky cuts to impress is “Be kind” and horn and percussion fuelled gem, there are people out there who claim to be into funk, in fact at the minute an all nighter exists for the genre but you won’t hear any from this group, far to real, far too James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins… having mentioned those icons, they have there own sound but you can feel the inspiration in there.

The big tune for me though is “Look how far we’ve come”, as deep as you can go with lots of horn support, just the way it should be. Colemine records are slowly becoming a real force in soul & funk circles with many essential releases, they appear to have great distribution too, keep them coming I say.

Brian Goucher