Brand New Heavies, The
The Brand New Heavies - TBNH
Yes, yes and YES! The Brand New Heavies are back with their sensational new album TBNH. An album that not only harks back to the days of early ‘90s Heavies Acid Jazz and Brit Funk (think long suede jackets, secondhand thrift stores and a flare in your jeans as well as your attitude), but it also sees the long awaited return of former lead vocalist, the legendary N’Dea Davenport.
The album kicks off with the upbeat “Beautiful” with vocals provided by British Soul Queen Beverly Knight and quickly heads into yet more legendary territory with another former lead vocalist for the band, GRAMMY Award winner Siedah Garrett on “Just Believe In You.” “Getaway” is the first time on the album that we are re-introduced to Davenport and in true Heavies style, it doesn’t fail to deliver on the Acid Jazz sound that first garnered the group fame back in 1990. It’s also a welcome surprise to hear Angie Stone making a standout appearance in laying down her velvet smooth vocals on the soulful “Together.”
BNH were a staple part of my music diet in the mid 90’s. Releasing unforgettable soul, jazz, funk tracks in amongst the cloud of heavy guitar indie bands, this fresher approach to new music struck a flared chord with me. I even visited a local 2nd hand clothes shop to buy a fake dark yellow leather jacket in homage to guitarist Simon Bartholomew. After a week I realised I couldn’t carry it off with the same amount of classy sophistication.