Nash: London Aldgate East Spitz
Old skool Brit nu-soul which doesn't suck the Mick Hucknalls...
As another experiment, try saying the following words aloud and see if you
can avoid vomiting little Mick Hucknalls and Jamiroquais all over your nice Fubu jacket: 'blue-eyed soul', 'Brit-funk', 'organic'. Not pretty is it? Thing is, Nash (Russell Nash, an extravagantly be-suited cross between Norman Wisdom and Billy Joel) and his band (a bunch of smiling misfits, chancers, and that DJ off the Ali G show) just want to make the kind of music they love.
And if that happens to mean that Curtis Mayfield (on '100 Million Ways'), Stevie Wonder (on 'Just A Little Sign') and Jacko ('What Can I Do?') get the odd nod of appreciation then so what? There's too much joy in Pete Cherry's slinky basslines, DJ Tha 4orce's exuberant interjections, and Nash's impassioned squeal for them to need to apologise. Cool doesn't come into it. 'The Des O'Connor Show' probably beckons but, hey, there are more embarrassing places to hear music. And Des beats Jools Holland hands down anyway.
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