Saturday, July 21, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Sweetback
Artist:Sweetback f/Amel Larrieux
Song:You Will Rise
There's been a long history of R & B in England influenced by American music. The trio Sweetback is best known as backing band for popular singer Sade, someone I never cared for. They call their music "global soul music". It has a lot of neo soul elements mixed with jazz. The group consists of guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale and bassist Paul Spencer Denman. They use electronic instruments to reproduce the drum sound. Their music is very similar to better known groups like The Brand New Heavies & Incognito. This is from their 1996 debut CD on Sony. They use various guest vocalists including Maxwell. You Will Rise is an excellent song featuring Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux. It did well on the R & B charts. Sweetback returned in 2004 with the CD Stage (2). Matthewman seems to have a fondness for film music and he wrote the score for Twin Falls Idaho. He has also recorded under the name Cottonbelly. Hale is the producer for British jazz singer Corinne Bailey Rae. I wouldn't be surprised to see them record again under the Sweetback name but it looks like they all have plenty to do to keep themselves busy. Here's the video for You Will Rise by Sweetback.