Review: Dr Rubberfunk – My Life at 45
I missed this on its February release owing to the world going batshit. The album pulls together releases from the popular ‘My Life At 45’ 7″ inch series, with an additional four brand new tracks.
The opener Boom! has Jalapeno label mate John Turrell delivering an old school R&B belter which begs the listener to hit replay. Carry on though as there is plenty to reward with some high calibre funk, soul, blues and jazz.
Izo FitzRoy adds some southern soul on the drifting road song A Matter of Time, then turns on the sophistication with A Little Blahzay. I have not come across Stephanie Whitelock before but her super-strong vocals on With Love and Laid Bare make you want to look out for more.
Instrumentals range from the snappy Mod Jazzy Pressure Cooker to the sun-drenched trippy How Beautiful and Ben Castle’s saxophone on Canvas Cathedral lands you on a beach just in time for the perfect sunset.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Simon Ward (the good doctor when he is off duty) has come up with an album that is as eclectic as his record collection. Do yourself a favour and take this on prescription daily.
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Review by Steve