There's Smooth & There's Smoove
If you like your soul music planted in the 70's-80's you will love this new offering from Smoove & Turrell the only Geordies this Mackem girl, has on her playlist. Fronted by John Turrell and DJ Smoove.
Smoove & Turrell formed in the early 2000’s from professional DJ Smoove and John Turrell, an ex carpenter and talented teacher. The guys now cobble together fab music. The soul funk sound is fresh and clean and makes you want to do the housework and have fun.
'Crown Posada' the 4th album release from the band opens with a version "You Could've Been A Lady", a hit originally for Hot Chocolate fronted by Errol Brown, the Smoove & Turrell version in my opinion is better and if the video doesn’t make you smile it’s time for bed.
John Turrell is a talented songwriter in his own right and Smoove, an equally talented DJ, make this album a fab mix of upbeat sun-soul music, given it's all lively tunes with catchy lyrics.
"Days of Winter" slows things down a bit with a bass background and smooth vocals. The whole album is a familiar mix from Smoove and Turrell of old upbeat lyrical perfection and since their debut single in 2007 "I Can’t Give You Up", Smoove's talent has shone through so much so I think he should have been recognised to the same standard as Avici.
"New Jerusalem" closes the album in the same vein as it opens, guitar riffs, cymbals and showcasing John Turrell’s fine vocals, not forgetting the rest of this 6 piece outfit who all deserve a mention; Mike Porter on keyboards, Andy Champion on bass (the backbone of the music), Lloyd Croft on drums and Lloyd Wright on guitar, the latest musician to join the band does a sterling job. On the back of the album release S & T are touring, sadly though they aren’t gigging in the North East... like come on guys we need you back here asap! But if like me you cant get to see them live this is definitely one vinyl you need in your collection to make up for the disappointment.