Origine du Groupe : Germany
Style : Funk , Soul , Jazz
Sortie : 2010
We've played the unstoppable uptempo bossa of But Rich Rhythms, extracted from their first album Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz, in our 21st Century Latin Vol.3 mix, way back in january 2009. You might have heard the creative team around Oliver Belz before, thru its earlier incarnation as The Juju Orchestra, who got the T.I.M.E.C. golden pepper with their vintage latin singles way back in 2006 for those following my writings. The Bahama Soul Club are now back with a sophomore album, Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky, deliciously clashing neo-retro soul, jazz, bossa and afro-latin grooves into a both immediate and timeless record. Dear Oliver, as long as you will keep on delivering such tasty goods, count on me to buy your vinyls!!!
Review by Craig Charles, June 2010 :
I first heard this outfit when they had just started posting music on their myspace page, since then I have been a massive fan!
But then again, the main man behind The Bahamas, Oliver Belz, has a very fine pedigree having been one of the prime movers behind the wonderful JuJu Orchestra.
His debut album as The Bahama Soul Club, “Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz” was hardly ever off the show, and was one of my albums of the year in 2008.
But the big question is after making such a mark on his debut, can he deliver on that difficult second album.
All the signs are there as he has retained some of the vocalists from the previous album such as Berlin resident Pat Appleton and Bella Wagner from just over the border in Austria, and to augment that very solid base he has also drafted in the combined talents of two of the finest vocalists in the UK, Xantoné Blacq, and one of my personal favourites John Turrell who was recently voted on my show as lead male vocalist for the UK Fantasy Funk Band.
From the start, this album slips into gear with the superb jazz cut that is “King’s Wig” to the last knockout punch of the dancefloor monster “Nassau Jam” I can tell that Oliver has lost none of that Midas touch. There is something quite unique and mesmerising about the sound of The Bahama Soul Club, it is a gumbo in the best sense of the word, throwing in Bossa, Soul, Afro-Latin, and Jazz all into the pot and coming up with a sound that is both immediate, timeless, and above all has the sun shining through every single tune.
The question I asked earlier was, does he deliver on the difficult second album and the answer has to be a resounding “YES!”
Make a friend of this album as, believe me, it will be friend for life, it is that good!
01. King's Wig 5:12
02. Afro Shigida (feat Kojato) 6:22
03. Bossa Bop (feat Pat Appleton) 4:29
04. Serious Soul (feat John Turrell) 3:27
05. Experience In Jazz (feat Bella Wagner) 5:57
06. Junkie (feat Sitzka) 4:39
07. Tangossa (feat Pat Appleton) 5:04
08. Bossa Corcovado (feat A Secret) 5:28
09. Open Wide (feat Xantone Blacq) 4:27
10. True (BSC Remix) (feat Bajka) 5:34
11. But Rich Rhythms (Club Des Belugas Remix) 5:03
12. Nassau Jam (Smoove's Funky Jam-Remix) 5:57
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