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Showing posts with label World Order Entertainment. Show all posts
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Friday, July 6, 2018

World Order Entertainment artist: Cyril Neville - Endangered Species: The Essential recordings - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (July 14, 2018), Endangered Species: The Essential Recordings, from Cyril Neville and it's chocked full of New Orleans fused funk. This release is actually one of two releases, the first being a 5 disc retrospective (The Complete Recordings) and the finely distilled 1 disc compilation (The Essential Recordings) which I am reviewing.  Opening with Love Has Got To Win Cyril has a great pumping bass line and with tight rhythms, smart backing vocals and a solid melody, the track is super. Second Line Soca is a polished look at second line rhythms having a bit more sophistication than street music but all of the energy. Very cool. With a funky hip hop rhythm and a floating sax riff, Funkaliscious really moves. One of my favorite tracks on the release is soulful, Calling All Souls with warm lead vocals, a great bass line, super melody and excellent vocal backing.  Running With The Secord Line really has that street feel with trumpets, tuba and wild percussion under frantic yelps. Very cool. R&B track Lift Every Voice has nicely blended vocals featuring Gaynielle Neville, Dane nelson and Yadonna Wise. Wrapping the release is Can't Stop A Dreamer, with electrifying drum rhythms, mellow sax lines and cool bass lines under a solid vocal melody, with excerpts of Dr. MLK interwoven throughout. A solid closer for a solid release.

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