Local: Weekend Sun
Doom-doom-dak-at-a-doom-doom-dak-at-a… That’s how the opening track, ‘September’, on Weekend Sun’s new album lays down its beats and as calling cards go it’s a real doozy. The album (entitled ‘Caught In A Machine’ and released on the Butterfly Effect label) is chockfull of grooves that have been drawn from the cooler end of the spectrum and take in everything from chattering funk to lilting reggae, deep soul to jazzy disco. The band have plenty of heavyweight champions including BBC Radio 6 DJ Craig Charles and tastemaker Wayne Hemingway, as well as the Rinse FM DJ Marcia Carr who commented: “A kaleidoscopic soulful melange of Weekend Sun goodness for an everyday lift.” They’ve even had Viz creator, and radio DJ, Chris Donald singing their praises, so much so that he agreed to design the cover of the album (which, thankfully, doesn’t feature outsize testicles or sweary vicars). Songwriter Phil Smith: “We’re really pleased with the album and the excitement it’s generating. Karlene, our new singer, has such an inspiring voice and stage presence. It was so inspiring working with her.” It shows.