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THIRD COAST KINGS: West Grand Boulevard (2014)

West Grand Boulevard Third Coast KingsBefore it became a financially bankrupt post-industrial wasteland the city of Detroit was famous for two things: being a centre for the mass production of motor cars and being a centre for the mass production of soul and funk music. The thoroughfare of West Grand Boulevard (known along a particular stretch as Berry Gordy Jr Boulevard fact fans) cuts through said city and now provides the name for Third Coast Kings‘ second LP – a set which harks back to the Motor City glory days of yore in it’s funk-soul content, even if its reassuringly chunky mixture of vocal tracks and instros has more in common with the work of the JBs than it does with the execution of material written by Holland Dozier Holland.

Highlights include the chugging horns-n-wah-wah-drenched instro opener Ice Cream, the Bamboos-ish Moving In The Night, the squelching funky soul of Jelly Roll and the low down and dirty groove of Michelle Camilleri-featuring sister soul cut Just Move. That’s the fourth heavy strike (after Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, DeRobert & The Half Truths and AJ & The Jiggawatts) from the country that gave the world funk and soul this year and we’re not even half way through yet. Classy LP cover too…
(Out 19 May on Record Kicks)

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