top of page

Surreal UK


Catalogue Nº: 

Dome CD 314 (Dome Records/Dome Records)


Monday, 26th March, 2012 (United Kingdom)


Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick


Mo' Blue Studio



Song List


01. The Less You Know

02. Goodbye To Yesterday

03. Above The Night

04. Ain't It Time

05. Capricorn Sun

06. Don't Wanna Know

07. Restless As We Are

08. Rivers On The Sun

09. Don't Break Me Down

10. The Stars From Here

11. To Be With You

12. This Music Be Love

13. The Way You Love

14. Thoughtful Fantasies


Buy Online

Preview, buy, and download.


Album Review


After collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, and Italian soul singer Mario Biondi on 2010's Transatlantic RPM, British acid jazz pioneers Incognito hand over the vocal reins to a younger crowd for their 15th studio album, Surreal. It's an inspired move showing that, 30 years on from their debut album, bandleader Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick still has his finger on the pulse. While longtime singers Maysa and Vanessa Haynes remain a vital part of the setup, the former kicking off proceedings in style with the bass-driven funk of "The Less You Know," the latter channeling the divas of the Studio 54 era on a cover of Queen Yahna's '70s cult disco classic "Ain't It Time," it's the new recruits who steal the show. German-born vocalist Mo Brandis displays a maturity and soulfulness far beyond his 26 years on the John Legend-esque lead single "Goodbye to Yesterday" and the summery jazz of "Don't Wanna Know," while Ronnie Scott's regular Natalie Williams justifies the Erykah Badu/Jill Scott comparisons on the gorgeously slinky chillout of "Restless as We Are" and the dreamy bossa nova of "The Stars from Here." If they can hang on to this highly talented lineup, then Incognito's future appears to be in very safe hands indeed. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi


Customer Reviews


Not Quite "Surreal" But It is Very, Very Good *****   


After more than 30 years, Incognito continues to produce excellent music. Their latest release,"Surreal", is another solid effort blending funk, jazz, and R&B into that unique Incognito "sound" - rich musicianship and warm vocals. While all of the songs are quite good, "The Less You Know", "Above the Night", "Don't Break Me Down", "The Way You Love", and "Thoughtful Fantasies" are particularly strong efforts. I have been a fan of Incognito for a number of years and "Surreal" may not be groundbreaking (or even "Surreal") but it is another very good recording by a group that unfortunately does not receive the acclaim or airplay it deserves (In fact, where is Incognito's "iTunes Essentials"?).


bottom of page