Hamburg, Germany’s Our Label Records is back again with another 7″ to fill up your record box. This time we travel to Barcelona, Spain and feel the beat with the amazing Mothergroove. Fronted by Italian singer, songwriter, and producer Gianni Sciannamé the band is based around Sciannamé and other local players. These musicians include Abel Boquera on keyboard, Roger Serrahima on drums, and bass player Daniel Doctors out of Brazil. There is a rotating cast of talented “family” that play live with Mothergroove, and the band has made their name along the festival circuit and locally in Spain. They have recorded one full length and two EPs, and this 45 on Our Label is a great addition to their already colorful catalog. Influenced by James Brown, Deodato, Black Rio, and Roy Ayers among others, this Spanish band is keeping the meaning of the words funky alive and well.
Recorded at Patio Estudio in Barcelona, “Bastard”, is an uptempo dance floor filler (and killer). Heavy on the organ groove and drums, it contains anything you need to get the party moving. The outstanding bass line and horn section (David Carrasco on sax, Alberto Perez on trumpet, and Josep Tutusaus on trombone), keep this party going until the break of dawn. Taking a bit from the Mighty Riders as much as they are paying tribute to the JB’s, this record is a definite groover. The flip, “Jam”, a mid tempo slice of goodness is dominated by the flute of Caspar St. Charles. Herbie Mann and Bobbi Humphrey would be proud. Again, it’s Daniel Doctors’ bass that locks in the groove with St. Charles, while the rest of the band is in the pocket and tight. Perfect for a nightly jam or morning session, “The Jam” is the one for me on this record. B side strikes again, but really this double sider is a winner all around. A limited amount (500) were pressed, so grab this while you can.
“Bastard” by Mothergroove
“The Jam” by Mothergroove
Pre-order the record here.