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Transatlantic RPM


Catalogue Nº: 

DOME CD 306 

(Dome Records/Dome Records)


Wednesday, 14th July, 2010 (United Kingdom)


Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick


Unknown I Various


Song List


01. Lowdown

02. Everything That We Are

03. 1975

04. Your Sun My Sky

05. Line In The Sand

06. Gotta

07. Let's Fall In Love Again

08. The Song

09. Put A Little Lovin' In Your Heart

10. All Of My Life

11. Expresso Madureira

12. Life Ain't Nothing But A Good Thing

13. Make Room For Love

14. Can't Get Enough

15. The Winter Of My Springs

16. Tell Me What To Do



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Album Review


Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Incognito have become an insitution on the British groove scene, for their jazz-funk and nu-soul hybrid. Transatlantic R.P.M. marks Maunick's 30 years in the music biz and celebrates with 14 new songs, 13 of them originals. Bluey enlisted a slew of friends to join the party. The set opens with the album's lone cover: a convincing reading of Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown," featuring Italian clubjazz singer Mario Biondi and Chaka Khan. The arrangement doesn't differ all that much from Scaggs' version (thankfully) but the meld of Biondi's and Khan's rough-edged lead vocals juxtaposed with a smooth backing chorus, a slightly faster tempo, and a popping bassline after the bridge, distinguishes it. Another notable cut is Bluey's funky name checking homage to the 70s and his youth entitled "75"; it's sung by Joy Rose with a gorgeous horn arrangement by Kevin Robinson. Leon Ware puts in a fine performance on the babymaker, makeup number "Line In The Sand." Bluey's guitar work is, as usual, tasteful and understated, but adds immeasurably. Ursula Rucker sings and speaks on the stepper "Gotta," while Khan gets her own showcaseon the jazzy, string and Rhodes laden, "The Song." Longtime vocalist Maysa shines on the summery "Your Love My Sky," with beautiful guitar work from Bluey and a fine brass arrangement by Trevor Mires. The lone instrumental on the set "Expresso Madureira," mixes Brazilian and Afro Latin rhythms in a heady, funk brew with popping percussion and horns. A Stevie Wonder meets Roy Ayers vibe distinguishes the '70s groove at work in "Life Ain't Nothin' But A Good Thing" sung by Vanessa Haynes. Biondi returns on the breakbeat clubjazz of "Can't Get Enough," backed by Incognito's stellar chorus. Bluey even takes a vocal on the closer, "Tell Me What To Do." While he's no match for the other singers here, the track's breaking, cut time rhythm, breezy atmosphere, and lithe, sensual melody makes it a nu-soul winner. Incognito may not be innovating on Transatlantic R.P.M., but in showcasing the many places they've been, and the wide vein they've mined, they don't need to. This is a summeritme party record with fine songs and good vibes in abundance.



Customer Reviews


Wow *****    

by ayesha k

This is the best album ever, cant stop rockin! Check out "1975".


Simply sublime *****

by StormyD

Just the most beautiful and soulful album of the, the year! Bluey has done it again.


A great album *****

by Fox DJ

Incognito feat Mario Biondi, that's fantastic..and Chaka Khan as well! Hopefully that will have to play live somewhere, don t miss the event!

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