I hope you're all well as we head back into yet another working week?
Our guest spot over in Brighton on Friday for Quit Jivin' was a blast, aside from Ed Meme and the rest of the gang making us more than welcome, we also got to meet some very cool people to boot. A great night was indeed had by all!
So I have something very cool to share with you today, a short while back I was contacted by Emmanuel Guerin AKA The Lion Of Bordeaux, the lead singer from the French funk outfit, The Shaolin Temple Defenders.
He rather kindly sent me a copy of their new 45, 'Take It Slow' featuring Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious.
Musically it's everything you would expect from an established 8 piece funk group and certainly doesn't disapoint at all! Both sides feature solid grooves which would be at home on any dance floor.
The single on Soulbeats Records is taken from their forthcoming LP, also titled 'Take It Slow', and is set to be released on 4th October. Definately an album to keep an eye out for!
There are a plethora of acts on the 'new' funk scene at the moment and The Shaolin Temple Defenders are as good as any with their incredibly tight arrangements! They are currently touring with Martha High. See below for dates.
29 Jul 2010 - Sunset Live - Sabaudia - ITALY
30 Jul 2010 - Soul Festival feat. Martha High - Marina di ravenna, Ravenna, ITALY
31 Jul 2010 - Trasimeno Blues Festival feat. Martha High - Trasimeno, Ombria, ITALY
1 Aug 2010 - Festival Bouge ta planète - St Jean de luz, Pyrénées
6 Aug 2010 - Open Air Festival - La Roche sur Yon, FRANCE
14 Aug 2010 - Festival Bouge Ta Planète - Noirmoutier, Vendée
15 Aug 2010 - Featuring Martha High @ Férias de Dax - Dax, FRANCE
7 Oct 2010 - Soul Party with Gizelle Smith - Rennes, Bretagne
8 Oct 2010 - La Péniche - Lille, FRANCE
9 Oct 2010 - Nancy Jazz Pulsations - Nancy, Meurthe
10 Oct 2010 - La Poudrière avec Gizelle Smith - Belfort, Territoire
15 Oct 2010 - Nomad Cafe - Marseille, FRANCE
21 Oct 2010 - La Bellevilloise - Paris, FRANCE
22 Oct 2010 - Café Charbon (tbc) - Nevers, FRANCE
23 Oct 2010 - Salle Bellegrave-Vibrations Urbaines (tbc) - Pessac, FRANCE
5 Nov 2010 - Le Rocher de Palmer (tbc) - Cenon, FRANCE
12 Nov 2010 - La Fourmi (tbc) - Limoges, FRANCE
13 Nov 2010 - Le Rocksane (tbc) - Bergerac, FRANCE
26 Nov 2010 - Festival Brisez le silence - Lyon, FRANCE
Shaolin Temple Defenders - Take It Slow Feat. Gift Of Gab
Shaolin Temple Defenders - I Know What It Is
Enjoy today's 45 and be sure to head over to the bands website to grab a copy of your own. Stay safe and I'll be back here later in the week with a Guest mix from a brand new contributor that I know you'll all dig!