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The New Mastersounds

One of the cornerstone acts of the U.K. retro-soul scene, the New Mastersounds play taut, old-school instrumental funk with a contemporary energy and an enthusiasm that has earned them rave reviews and led them to collaborate with a number of major acts in Britain and the United States. The New Mastersounds were formed in 1999 by guitarist Eddie Roberts, who was DJ'ing at a weekly club night in Leeds devoted to classic soul and funk. When the event moved to a new venue that covered two floors, Roberts saw the opportunity to add a live band to the mix, and he recruited drummer Simon Allen, who had previously played with Roberts in a band called the Mastersounds. With the addition of Pete Shand on bass and Bob Birch on piano and organ, the new act was complete, and in tribute to their old group, Roberts and Allen dubbed the combo the New Mastersounds.

It didn't take long for word about the New Mastersounds to spread, and in 2000 they released a pair of 7" singles on Blow It Hard Records drawn from early rehearsal tapes. In 2001, they recorded their first full-length album, Keb Darge Presents: The New Mastersounds, which was issued on Darge's Deep Funk label; the album earned enthusiastic reviews and top DJs such as Cut Chemist, Pete Rock, and DJ Shadow sampled their grooves. Their second LP, 2003's Be Yourself, included guest vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae, and following a third studio set, 2005's This Is What We Do, the band documented the sound of its fabled live sets on 2006's Live at La Cova, recorded at a club gig in Spain. In 2006, the New Mastersounds briefly expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Rob Lavers on sax and flute (a number of guest horn players have recorded and toured with the group over the years), but he parted ways with them in 2007, the same year Bob Birch left the lineup, making way for new keyboard man Joe Tatton.

As the New Mastersounds toured clubs and festivals around the world, they continued to attract new fans, including American funk legends Art Neville of the Neville Brothers, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley of James Brown's J.B.'s, and George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, all of whom have jammed with the combo on-stage. In 2008, they collaborated with vocalist Dionne Charles on the album Plug & Play, and in 2009 they celebrated their tenth anniversary with the appropriately titled Ten Years On, which included guest spots from Grace Potter, Chip Wickham, and Skerik. Having established a strong fan base in the U.K., Europe, and Japan, in 2011 the New Mastersounds began looking to the United States; during a stay in Texas they cut the album Breaks from the Border, which featured vocals from the group members for the first time. Therapy followed early in 2014. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Nice old school.
saleenspeed6 4 1 2
Break beats for you Bboys and Bgirls out there!
mrroblee
good work and glad songs don't repeat that often!
True FONK SOLDIERS!!
They sound like funk from the time of tube amps. Warm and funky. Analog still grooves
Folks who criticize usually don't have the chops 2 actually PLAY........ . . . T h i s professional musician LIKES this band!!! :-)
james bond theme in jazz?
woop woooop ….
Love it
love their soul jazz!
sick groove, nice jams....
sick...
Programming a Casio keyboard does not constitute funk
Love these guys will not miss them when they come to town
Funk at its finest. LOVE TNMS!!
Really like what I heard. Really nice. Need to come to Orlando. :-)
hgershman
Hot Chocolate any one?
Get the funk out'a here! SUPER GROOVEY!
The New Mastersounds are one of my favorite instrumental funk outfits! I love the gritty, lo-fi production value. Each album sounds like it was recorded in a garage on an a reel-to-reel 8-track and then cut straight to vinyl, which is very tasteful when you're doing for this kind of retro feel.
Tower of Power wld be proud of these guys.
tony.ricardo . g r e e n
Not bad. This is why I love pandora...al s o discovered these guys on pandora. ...along the same vein. http://orgon e s p a c e . c o m /
jtucker961
These cats are bad. Never heard this kind of solid old school jam from such a young crew. Lots of new energy, too. Good luck to you fellows.
byrnesthree
cool sound, just plain GOOD!
i love there music
these guys knocked the sandals off of a lot of people at HSMF last year. A band that's going places for sure!
The Pot is Defnite ON - The Fire is High - THEY COOKED
SAWEEEEEET. THX Pdora.
Saw these Cats at the Catskill Chill, Hancock, NY in Sept. '10.

They COOKED!
Had the opportunity to listen live, and play on one tune with these guys a couple years ago....highl i g h t of my life! That unwavering "pocket" that Pete (bass) and Simon (drums) lay down on their studio recordings, which I believe is the first element that grabs your ear (and soul) when you listen to this band 'cause the groove is sooooooooo f*****g hard, is even more transforming to experience live! Eddie is a BEAST on the guitar. Seemingly unassuming Joe's melodies are superb, to say the least
sound like corrine bailey?
mradowski
That's such a nice Wurli sound.
Funktastic!
If you like these guys, check out: Cookin' On Three Burners and Diplomats of Solid Sound
How have I not heard/listen e d to these guys before?! Yet another band that is, thankfully, keepin' it funky.
sterlingmac
Check out the feature length documentary film about the New Mastersounds - "Coals to Newcastle" And see them live no mater what....
mahakala1
thank you for the eargasm and the new world cosmic funk
great band. love "hey Fela."
Well now....THAT is FUNKY!
pogswarts
Where is their latest CD "Ten Years On"?
Never heard of them before, won't ever miss them again !
That's Booker T funky ! Thats Funk Brothers Funky !
The New Mastersounds , and in particular Eddie's guitar work, are amazing live, very tight, and since they play in smaller venues it makes for an intimate dance fest. They are for real, give them a listen!!! Get da Funk OUT
New Mastersounds @ Langerado Music Fest 2008 was off the chain. They bring the funk.

If you get a chance to see them live, DO IT!
Jamiriquai
edfevans
What's the name of the group that has a name that sounds like Iroquois and good modern funks; the lead singer has worn a Chief's headdress at concerts. They are British.
Wow. Found this with a link from James Brown station. Awesome. Keep da funk alive!
cstensel
Man...I've been a big fan of the Meters since the '70's and I loved this stuff.
Great band! I love hearing people give so much love to the neo-soul movement. Everybody's life is better with a little bit of funk and soul.
sebhoffman
so i did ask my son of 21, hey skyler, is it even possible for someone to not like this music, and HE said "no"
craig_willia m s 6
This is what real music is. Makes me want to tap my feet and play air drums everytime I hear it.
udsrvfun
oh hell yeahhhhssss! ! ! Do you believe in God now?!
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