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Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Vol. 4

Funk & Soul Club Vol. 4

The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club Vol. 4 does exactly what it says on the tin. Avid soul and funk lovers will not be disappointed here. This album is a celebration of all things funky. Expect tons of triumphant brass, incredible vocals and a strong urge to get up and dance.

Its strength lies in its eclectic nature, as Charles manages to combine all different types of funky behaviour. The tracks range from Kylie Auldist's distinctive tones on the feel-good ‘Family Tree’ to the spacious and jazzy guitar-led instrumental of ‘In The Middle’ by The New Mastersounds. ‘Beef Grinder’ by Lexsoul Dancemachine is upbeat and irresistible with its addictive riff, raspy vocals and mean bass line.

Another stonking tune is The Traffic's cover of ‘White Lines’, which is a fiesta of horns and show stealing flute. Brian Auger & The Trinity bring some old school magic in their song, ‘Black Cat’. This excitable track features swirling organ, dramatic brass parts and Auger's theatrical James Brown-esque delivery.

Tales of misdemeanour are told through a powerful, raw voice on The Tibbs' ska-tinged ‘Next Time’. Double bass and piano playfully interweave in The Joe Tatton Trio's lively, jazzy ‘Bang Bang Boogaloo’. Lisa Stansfield's ‘The Rain’ is a bit of an epic surprise, whilst Fulton Street's ‘Young People’ knocks your socks off.

The Soul and Funk Club Vol.4 is a treasure chest of badass belters. Check it out for the good of your health.