Hackney Colliery Band kick off our show this week with a double cover shot bookend. Both songs were massive hits during the 90s, and they are performed beautifully. Hackney Colliery Band do intimate justice to a couple of 90s bangers this week – it’s a mammoth task. What impresses us here at Record Box HQ about these tracks is the work that has gone into them. Yeah, get 4 guys or gals with guitars and drums and you can cover songs. It’s easy enough. But for a brass band it’s so much more difficult. You’re all of a sudden no longer covering the song. Firstly, you’re arranging the song for a brass band. Secondly, you have to think about the dynamics of the sound. It’s mega really, and that’s why Hackney Colliery Band are bookending today.
Throat singing makes a welcome return to the show as the modern day Robert Johnson performs Cape Cod Girls. Now, that is a bold statement but just stick around and listen to Baby Gramps and you’ll get it. Bashing away at his trusty National steel guitar and killing every nerve ending in his throat, its a mesmerising performance. And moreover it’s Pirate Music! Zooluxx play a pre-release on the show too, a good 2 months plus before it’s released. Regular listeners will have already heard Zooluxx on previous shows and will well know what to expect. Zooluxx deliver, sonic vibes and dirty vox. It’s all so god darned American and Wild West Psychadelia at its best. Plus there’s more choice music here, so dive right in.
- Under The Bridge Hackney Colliery Band
- Just A Little Bit Zooluxx
- That Old Black Magic Green Book (original motion picture soundtrack)
- No Other Like You Kate Bollinger
- Holy Ghost Fire Paul Cauthen
- Cape Cod Girls Baby Gramps
- No Diggity Hackney Colliery Band
Zooluxx EP now on pre-order – get yours today!
Ghetto Starship was released in June 2019, introducing Zooluxx’s sound to those who had yet to catch the band in concert. Recorded to analog tape on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s old API console in San Diego, the EP found the guys working with Karl Denson, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who currently tours as a member of the Rolling Stones. Arriving less than a year later, the follow-up EP Just a Little Bit shines a light on the spontaneity of a Zooluxx gig, even kicking off with an improvisational jam called “Golden Gun Blues.” With its mix of raw energy, sharp songcraft, and uplifting lyrics, Just a Little Bit will be released next year by Blind Owl Records both digitally and on vinyl on January 31st, with Ghetto Starship as the B-Side on the vinyl release.
Hackney Colliery Band – in their own words…
Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s debut album in 2011, they have blown their way into the public consciousness. Their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds and percussion established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in the UK.
Performing at numerous venues, festivals and clubs around the world, including a show at the Scala as part of the London Jazz Festival. Hackney Colliery Band have also been busy in the studio. Developing a more mature and polished sound, they are pleased to announce the release of new album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’ . It’s their first new material since the critically-acclaimed ‘Sharpener’ in 2016.
It’s already been an incredible journey for this talented group of musicians. HCB have played a 45-minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards. Also, live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and worldwide airplay from many more. They have collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness. To add, they have sold out venues across London including KOKO and The Forum, to a European tour. Hackney Colliery Band have not stopped.
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is our tenth anniversary. Now we’re ten years older it felt like the right time to get back to our jazz roots. It’s been a privilege to work with so many of our musical inspirations both old and new. And we’re super excited to be ushering in the next ten years with this new collaborative spirit.Steve Pretty – bandleader
Collaborations – Hackney Colliery Band
Featuring collaborations with a host of key names in jazz and world music. Amongst others the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, British jazz funk legend James Taylor, trombonist Dennis Rollins, UK saxophonist Pete Wareham and Beninese singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo. Hackney Colliery Band have effortlessly transformed their explosive live energy into 11 original recordings that push the groove and form.
On ‘Collaborations: Volume One’, writers Pretty, Blackman and Christie have between them penned the outfit’s most dynamic material to date. ‘Mm Mm’ (feat. Angélique Kidjo and Roundhouse Choir) merges Beninese grooves with wah pedal trumpet textures. The rousing call-and-response between Kidjo’s soaring vocal and the exhilarating choir adds a richness and depth to the composition.
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