I realize that more than a few of you out there are eagerly awaiting the return of Sly Stone.
A few of you are even thinking that perhaps George Clinton or Rick James have another great album or two in them?
Some of you are also anxiously awaiting a new release from the "Purple One" to get your FUNK FIX
Well, while yall are waiting, I got something BRAND NEW for you, that might just help you to "Git Your Groove On"!
I'd like to introduce you to a NEW CD from ex-Mazarati (so he comes from the Prince camp) Sheldon Riser and his new group Sonny Boy - "Lovechild"
And if you like what you read and hear check out theFunkStore.com where they are running a special deal on this album, just for Soul Patrollers...
SONNY BOY - "LOVECHILD"…
This intro is only 45 seconds, however it's one of the best 45 seconds of new funk that I have heard over the past few years. It sounds like something that would fit in with the album "No Mystery" - Chick Corea and Return To Forever
2.MAMA'S GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU
No it's not a Jazz-Funk album. This song reminds me of the DC/MD based band that you have heard me speak of called "Soul Element". It's got a beat reminiscent of many different Prince songs (although I can't put my finger on just which one). Cool groove, nice lyrics. If all were right with this world, you would be hearing this joint all over KNEE-GRO RADIO STATIONS right now.
If you close your eyes and just listen, this sounds like Sly Stone, circa 1973
4.YOU AIN'T DONE NUTHIN'
Another song in the "Sly Groove", but is also reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz (a la "Let Love Rule"). It's a slow song that could also be labeled as "Alternative" by the geniuses who decide what genres songs belong to.
5.MAKING LOVE IN THE SUMMERTIME
Remember the album "Emancipation" from a few years ago that I labeled the "best album of the 1990's"? This song reminds me quite a bit of the song from that album which is my favorite called "Sex in the Summer". Nice sax solo too!
6.JUST ANOTHER BROTHER
1970's "wah wah" and a bass line reminiscent of a Willie Hutch song, add in a nice funky but subdued organ and you have a song that sounds like it was magically transported here straight from a Blaxploitation movie. And the subject matter of oppressed Black man, fits the theme as well
The subject matter here is obvious from the title. This song deals with racism. But it's not the "angry Black man" song about racism. Once again Sheldon reaches into the "Sly Stone bag of tricks" of the song "Everyday People". Nice song with plenty of hard rockin guitar work reminiscent of some of Living Colour's jams
This is a song about the hypocrisy of organized religion and the need for actual spirituality
Nice cut about the plight of children growing up in the inner city. More Willie Hutch/Curtis Mayfield type stylings mixed in with a horn section that is reminiscent of Tom Scott and the LA Express. Very nice cut that has HIT SINGLE written all over it, if not for the FASCIST hypocrisy of KNEE-GRO RADIO STATIONS
10.LOVE DON'T COME FOR FREE
Reggae flavored cut, that doesn't do much for me
11.DOWN WITH ME
Awwwwwww, "sukie sukie now", this is my second favorite cut on this CD. This song has a nice slow burning groove to it that I have heard before. In fact I have heard it before 1,000 times, yet I can't quite put my finger on it. Needless to say this is the song I would release as a single if it were up to me
This is a GREAT song. It's traveling in Minnie Riperton/Phobe Snow territory. It even has "birds" in the background. It's one of those kind of songs that has true greatness marked right on it
13.LAVATRIP - PART TWO
Checks in at 1:05, this song is GREAT also. A continuation of part one, which kicked off the CD!
I want to hear the rest of this "space groove"! Maybe Sheldon will give us a full blast of this SONIC FUNK on his next album?
Overall I like this album quite a bit.
It's totally derived from many different stylings of the 1970's.
The influences range from Curtis Mayfield to Willie Hutch to Sly Stone to Chick Corea to Minnie Riperton to Tom Scott and into the 1980's with Living Colour and Prince.
Yet the songs sound fresh and would most likely be very appealing to today's audiences if they should ever get the chance to hear it.
However I doubt that they will, because of the FASCIST/MIND CONTROLING programming policies of today's KNEE-GRO radio stations.
All I know is that I'm holding on to my copy of this CD, because I know that much like Shuggie Otis, 20 years from now someone is going to "discover" the album "Lovechild" by Sonny Boy and declare it to be an "unknown gem"
Well this CD isn't going to be "unknown" here on Soul Patrol and those of you with the foresight to go out and cop this CD for yourself will be able to laugh 20 years from now, when all of the "rock critics" prononce this CD as being a "lost treasure"!
-- Bob Davis