There's only a few projects that come along and make an instant, lasting impression. This week, I was lucky enough to come across a band that has done just that, in the shape of London's Personal Life.
A music collective formed by Robert Strauss, the sound is classic soul/disco featuring the incredible vocal talent of Stuart Lisbie, with key members of Amy Winehouse's band throwing down the timeless backing. To get a better idea of what the band's all about, go no further than their own words:
"The vision for this project is to bring back into popular consciousness the sound, production, songwriting & musicality dating back to the glory days of the music industry, when commercial pop also meant culturally significant, sophisticated and catchy music made with integrity for people of all ages to enjoy."
And I'm happy to report that this is a mantra that the band more than lives up to on their new album, 'Morning Light'.
Sitting somewhere between the lyrical quality of Lionel Richie and set against instrumentals reminiscent of Chaka Khan or more recently Jamiroquai, this is disco-funk as it was, back in the day. I'm still trying to get my head around the fact this was recorded recently...
Music for all ages and persuasions, from a truly golden age. I just need to see these guys live now - if they can make me dance like a 'gay unicorn' in my lounge, who knows what they can do on stage. :-)
'Morning Light' is out on physical release July 8th via Expansion, with the album available now via Tokyo Dawn
personallifetheband.com | expansionrecords.com | tokyodawn.net