It’s always great to start out he week with new music of any kind. We try to catch up with all of the new acquisitions, releases, and mailbox treats on our Monday morning. And when it’s from ATA Records, well it’s even more of a treat. Their free download series of superb singles called Hard Work No Pay has been stunning so far. This latest installment, a belter of a cover of Dee Dee Warwick’s “Baby You’re No Good” by Manchester gospel crooner Akin Amusman is surely to put a smile on your face and a pep in your step as you start the week. Written by Clint Ballard, Jr. and sung by Miss Warwick on Jubilee Records in 1963, it’s been covered by a grip of performers, including Linda Ronstadt who took the tune to number one here in the States in 1975. This version, crooned to the world by this talented 21 year old choir leader, who has been surrounded by music his whole life, is sure to grab people’s attention. Currently leading the Leeds College of Music Gospel choir as well as working with a number of choirs around the UK, he’s doing big things at a young age. With the help of some talented backing musicians from the ATA camp who take it from the UK to the USA in a Southern soul style, this track will be heard over and over again. Amusman was previously featured on ATA Records and the Abstarct Orchestra release Dilla from last year, and has had some success on his own. His style reminds us of those falsetto soul champions like Curtis Mayfield and Al Green, with a sprinkling in of the Delfonics and other regional soul kings. We are well pleased with this slice of soul for a Monday. You will be too.
Check out the track below and download after the stream.
Download the track HERE for free.