A cursory glance at the UK top 40 chart will tell you that there is more than enough room for some musicians, some actual musicians. Luckily, the North East is ready to fill that gap in the form of Smoove & Turrell. Their new album Crown Posada is another belter, but to fully experience the band’s electric vibe it is essential to attend a live gig. With crowd favourites Slow Down, I Can’t Give You Up, Hard Work and Beggarman providing a funky platform the boys played out the entire Crown Posada album, culminating in a massive rendition of radio sensation You Could’ve Been A Lady to end the night on a high and leave the crowd gagging for more.
For many artists, playing a bunch of new songs can leave the audience nonplussed, not these boys. The pure energy they create with their catchy hooks and in particular John’s rich and powerful voice is staggering, it’s impossible not to be drawn into the obviously great time the lads are having onstage. Using a sampler to add a layer of ‘Smooveness’ and bringing Andy Champion’s jazz bass skills to the fore are both great moves and perfectly complement Mike Porter’s key skills, Lloyd Croft’s crackin’ beats, Lloyd Wright’s shredding guitar solos and of course John’s vocals. I predict great things for these fellas, keep an eye on the charts for some proper talent.