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restless soul Fun band - It's Hard

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Published on Mar 23, 2011

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Kicking off 2011 with an almighty bang, Reel People make a welcome return with a brand new and brilliant long player titled ‘Golden Lady’. ‘Golden Lady’ is a collection of fantastic soulful songs brimming with new and exclusive material from Reel People featuring the heavyweight vocal talents of Tony Momrelle, Darien and Shezar.  This soulful gem also includes an exciting variety of tracks from Reel People Music’s label artists and cohorts including Choklate, Simon Grey, Renn, BSTC, and Phi Asher’s new project, restless soul Fun Band.Since its inception in late 2009, Reel People Music label have put out a string of popular soulful hits including BTSC feat JL, ‘Love It’, the US first lady of Nu-soul, Choklate, ‘The Tea’, and the afrocentric sunshine anthem ‘Nights In Africa’ by Renn, all of which have been cherry picked to be featured on ‘Golden Lady’. In addition Simon Grey’s 2005 Papa Records release ‘The Galactica Suite’ gets n RP makeover, making an appearance alongside the restless soul Fun Band with ‘It’s Hard’. Brand new Reel People songs include a wonderful cover of Stevie wonder’s ‘Golden Lady’ from Tony Momrelle who also features on ‘Tell Me Why’ and ‘80’s Love’ with London singer Shezar. Topping things off is a hot new Reel People single featuring Darien (who performed on RP’s ‘Alibi’) titled ‘Sure’, which is set for release this winter and includes mixes from Frankie Feliciano and The Layabouts.In 2001 Oli Lazarus founded Papa Records almost simultaneously launching Reel People on to the soulful underground stage. 12 months later Reel People’s debut single ‘Spiritual’ was unleashed which Featured Kiwi jazz maestro Nathan Haines on flute. In 2002, multi talented musician and writer Mike Patto joined the project. Oli had been auditioning musicians for further recording sessions; Patto was introduced by mutual friend Phil Asher. Reel People’s hugely acclaimed debut album ‘Second Guess’ was released on Papa Records in 2003, refreshingly broad in its tastes and saw collaborations with a wealth of talent from the soulful underground. The album propelled the band into the limelight, spawning a whole host of now soulful classics including: ‘Can’t Stop’ ft. Angela Johnson, ‘Butterflies’ ft Dyanna Fearon and ‘The Light’ ft Vanessa Freeman with remixers Dennis Ferrer, Kenny Dope and DJ Spinna involved in the projects. With the success of the band came the demand for live shows. Reel People Live was incredibly received on a global scale with constant tours around Asia, America and Europe. Highlights included Tokyo Jazz Festival with Herbie Hancock, Blue Note clubs (Japan) and V Festival & T In The Park (UK). Reel People caught the attention of Defected Records boss, Simon Dunmore, who promptly expressed an interest to re-release ‘Second Guess’ with a few tasty extras; namely a bonus disc of live recordings, remixes and new songs. ‘Second Guess was re-released in 2005 and included the smash single ‘The Rain’ featuring Sharlene Hector. In 2007 Reel People unleashed their second album ‘ Seven Ways To Wonder  on Papa records.  This was marked by a new single ‘Alibi’, featuring talented New York singer Darien. ‘Alibi’ hailed Reel People’s official return to the clubland fray; it was a delicious slice of sun-drenched Latino soul.  The new album ranged from sweet Omar-voiced soca groove ‘Outta Love’ to the Shalamar-inspired soul-disco bomb ‘Amazing’ with Tony Momrelle (Incognito, Sade) and  Imaani (Incognito, Copyright). Both of which were released as singles in addition to ‘Upside’ with remixes from  Dennis Ferrer, Rasmus Faber and IG Culture. In 2008 Mike Patto left for other projects. But meanwhile, Oli’s friendship and exciting working relationships with 24-carat Incognito vocalist Tony Momrelle and London-based studio don Toni Economides meant that new ideas and creative platforms where there to develop the Reel People sound. December 2009 saw the launch of new label Reel People Music with ‘Star’, a feel-good, jazz-funky lick fronted superbly by Tony Momrelle, followed earlier this year by ‘It Will Be’.

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