The Deplar Effect

The New Mastersounds

Color Red Records, 2022

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


British soul and funk enthusiasts The New Mastersounds sure did put a lot of work into the new 13 tunes that make up their 17th album, The Deplar Effect, and the guitarist, tambourinist and bandleader Eddie Roberts welcomes some special guests to the affair, too. With about half of the songs being instrumental, the band brings much textured diversity that sure is appreciated. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The double album gets off to a bluesy start, where “Watchu Want” spotlights Roberts’ precise guitar that is accompanied by Simon Allen's very impressive drumming, and “Gonna Get In My Way” follows with Lamar Williams Jr.’s soulful pipes alongside Joe Tatton’s playful organ and contributions from Chad Pike’s cowbell.

Moving deeper into the listen, you won't be able to deny the memorableness of Peter Shand’s bass acrobatics on the funk filled “Highlining,” while “High On The Mountain” heads right to the dance floor and incorporates a cameo from Jeff Franca’s bongos and a bit of grit in Williams Jr.’s flowing pipes.

Some of the best tracks—not that everything here isn't first rate—reside at the end. “Northern Lights” doesn’t lack any grooves thanks to the cozy rhythm section, and “Georgie Famous” moves at a brisk pace of punchy drums, fuzzy guitar and stylish organ prowess. “Before” then exits with a dreaminess that’s heartfelt, emotive and embraces R&B nods.

A fusion effort that takes from blues, jazz, boogaloo, New Orleans sensibilities and, of course, plenty of funk and soul, the addition of vibra slap from Sasha Crooks, trumpet and trombone thanks to Sheter Pand and congas from Don Julio only further enhance this listening experience.

Whether you're a long time fan or this is your first taste of The New Mastersounds, prepare for a really enjoyable hour of eclectic music.

Rating: B+

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