World & Latin

Mixing It Up On The Beach

20 FEB 09 JOHN C. BRUENING

While much of civilization located north of the Equator has hunkered down for the winter, Incognito headed back to the beach. More Tales Remixed retells the material from the 2008 Heads Up recording Tales From The Beach with a higher level of energy and a deeper groove.

Guitarist/founder/frontman Jean-Paul Maunick -- aka Bluey -- the driving force behind this UK-based R&B-soul-funk collective, unleashed some of the world's most prominent DJs on the original Tales from the Beach. On More Tales, Dimitri & DJ Meme's combination of strings and beats accentuate the defiant stance of the opening track, "Step Aside," wherein a pulsating bass line, funky horns and African shakere underscore Joy Rose's confident lead vocals. Tortured Soul brings an '80s-style synthesized groove to their remix of "Love Joy Understanding."

Bluey said, "There was no brief, and they were left to their own devices. When I heard what they had done, I was grinning from ear to ear."

Other noteworthy tracks include Yam Who?'s take on "Freedom To Love," which brings Bluey and company back to their jazz-funk roots, while Francis Hylton pays tribute to the late Isaac Hayes with a funky and soulful mix of "I Remember A Time," which features lead vocalist Maysa Leak, a recurring figure in the Incognito lineup over the past two decades.

"Though I'm an out-and-out jazz funker," said Bluey, "anyone who truly knows me knows how much I love soulful house music. More Tales Remixed is a continuation of Incognito's journey on the parallel lines of live and dance music."

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