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Time machine effect guaranteed! With STR4TA, two old hands of British groove join forces to relight the flame of 80s British funk (think Beggar & Co, Light of the World, Lynx, Atmosfear, Hi-Tension, Freeez and others like Shakatak) and the acid jazz of the 90s: Mauritian guitarist Jean-Paul Maunick - Bluey to his friends - and the Franco-Britannic Gilles Peterson, DJ, producer and head of the Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud and Brownswood labels. It’s impossible to talk about their STR4TA project without looking back at the group Incognito who, since 1980, have been the Rolls Royce of British soul; a no nonsense groove machine made up of intergalactic brass and choruses of hooligan-like voices in silk robes with relentless melodies. At the helm of this soul cruise, Bluey concocts a mix of perfectly sweetened ballads and the most sensual dance floor anthems. The guitarist has such a good ear for funk that names as big as Chaka Khan and his idol, George Benson, have called upon him for various productions and sessions.



At the start of the 90s, Gilles Peterson introduced the UK to a type of soul that was part jazz and part R&B called acid-jazz. These were the glory days of The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, Young Disciples, Jamiroquai and Incognito, signed of course to Talkin’ Loud. This whole scene was merging Curtis Mayfield with Gil Scott-Heron and Roy Ayers with Stevie Wonder, helped, in the case of Incognito, by the voices of soul goddesses Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, Maysa and Sarah Brown… Now, in 2021, STR4TA has brought this sound back to life, infused with a dose of smooth jazz, textures worthy of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks and some big fat funk, all complimented by the modernisation of the production. Gilles and JP are joined in their studio by a gang of ex-Incognito groove virtuosos, whether permanent members or passing faces, such as bassists Randy Hope-Taylor and Francis Hylton, keyboardists Matt Cooper and Ski Oakenfull, drummer Pete Ray Biggin, saxophonist Paul Booth and Italian percussionist Francesco Mendolia. Throughout Aspects, all of them allow their sincere joy of playing to shine through, creating a live feel that makes this album all the more enjoyable. With its slapping bass, powerful vintage synths and pin point percussion to punctuate it all, STR4TA ticks all the boxes to set the dancefloor alight and get bodies moving. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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Aspects
00:07:46

Richard Bull, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar - RICHARD MICHAEL BULL, Composer, Arranger - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2020 Brownswood Recordings

2
Rhythm in Your Mind
00:03:45

Francis Hylton, Bass - Matthew Cooper, Composer, Producer, Drums, Keyboards - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar - Francesco Mendolia, Percussion - RICHARD MICHAEL BULL, Composer - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

3
Dance Desire
00:03:54

Paul Booth, Flute, Saxophone - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

4
We Like It
00:05:11

Matt Cooper, Producer, Keyboards - Matthew Cooper, Composer - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass - Ben Epstein, Composer, Bass - Pete Ray Biggin, Drums - STR4TA, MainArtist - Biggin Peter Raymond, Composer

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

5
Steppers Crusade
00:05:09

Randy Hope-Taylor, Composer, Bass - João Caetano, Percussion - Paul Booth, Composer - Dominic Oakenfull, Composer - Peter Hinds, Composer, Keyboards - Ski Oakenfull, Keyboards - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar - Francesco Mendolia, Composer, Drums - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

6
After the Rain
00:07:01

Randy Hope-Taylor, Composer, Bass - Paul Booth, Composer - Dominic Oakenfull, Composer - Peter Hinds, Composer, Keyboards - Ski Oakenfull, Keyboards - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar - Francesco Mendolia, Composer, Drums - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

7
Give In to What Is Real
00:04:36

Richard Bull, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Bass - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar - RICHARD MICHAEL BULL, Composer - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

8
Kinshasa FC
00:05:05

Randy Hope-Taylor, Bass - João Caetano, Percussion - Paul Booth, Composer - Dominic Oakenfull, Composer - Francis Hylton, Composer - Peter Hinds, Keyboards - Ski Oakenfull, Keyboards - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar - Francesco Mendolia, Composer, Drums - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

9
Vision 9
00:07:19

Mo Hausler, Recording & Mixing - Paul Booth, Composer, Producer, Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone - Dominic Oakenfull, Composer - Francis Hylton, Composer, Bass - Gilles Peterson, Producer - Jean-Paul Maunick, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion - Francesco Mendolia, Composer, Drums - STR4TA, MainArtist

© 2021 Brownswood Recordings ℗ 2021 Brownswood Recordings

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Time machine effect guaranteed! With STR4TA, two old hands of British groove join forces to relight the flame of 80s British funk (think Beggar & Co, Light of the World, Lynx, Atmosfear, Hi-Tension, Freeez and others like Shakatak) and the acid jazz of the 90s: Mauritian guitarist Jean-Paul Maunick - Bluey to his friends - and the Franco-Britannic Gilles Peterson, DJ, producer and head of the Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud and Brownswood labels. It’s impossible to talk about their STR4TA project without looking back at the group Incognito who, since 1980, have been the Rolls Royce of British soul; a no nonsense groove machine made up of intergalactic brass and choruses of hooligan-like voices in silk robes with relentless melodies. At the helm of this soul cruise, Bluey concocts a mix of perfectly sweetened ballads and the most sensual dance floor anthems. The guitarist has such a good ear for funk that names as big as Chaka Khan and his idol, George Benson, have called upon him for various productions and sessions.



At the start of the 90s, Gilles Peterson introduced the UK to a type of soul that was part jazz and part R&B called acid-jazz. These were the glory days of The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, Young Disciples, Jamiroquai and Incognito, signed of course to Talkin’ Loud. This whole scene was merging Curtis Mayfield with Gil Scott-Heron and Roy Ayers with Stevie Wonder, helped, in the case of Incognito, by the voices of soul goddesses Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson, Maysa and Sarah Brown… Now, in 2021, STR4TA has brought this sound back to life, infused with a dose of smooth jazz, textures worthy of the best Blaxploitation soundtracks and some big fat funk, all complimented by the modernisation of the production. Gilles and JP are joined in their studio by a gang of ex-Incognito groove virtuosos, whether permanent members or passing faces, such as bassists Randy Hope-Taylor and Francis Hylton, keyboardists Matt Cooper and Ski Oakenfull, drummer Pete Ray Biggin, saxophonist Paul Booth and Italian percussionist Francesco Mendolia. Throughout Aspects, all of them allow their sincere joy of playing to shine through, creating a live feel that makes this album all the more enjoyable. With its slapping bass, powerful vintage synths and pin point percussion to punctuate it all, STR4TA ticks all the boxes to set the dancefloor alight and get bodies moving. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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