Smoove & Turrell – Eccentric Audio review

Posted on 20 June 2011
By Matt Barden
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The North East’s funkiest are back with their second offering, Eccentric Audio. Building on the success of 2009’s Antique Soul, the duo show no sign of a sophomore slump.

Smoove & Turrell take their Toon roots and mix in electronic sounds and old-school funky soul to brighten your bleak, cloudy pre-summer days.

Bringing his signature breakbeat inspired soul and funk across 12 well crafted tracks, Smoove never fails to create a rocking beat.

John Turrell once again whisks you away to a much happier place with his ‘must brush his teeth with Jack Daniels’ husky voice. The Northerner is quickly becoming the go to guy for authentic soul in the UK.

Eccentric Audio starts in upbeat fashion with Higher, which will have you up on your feet and doing the electric boogie night or day, as John gives us swagger inducing melodies over Smoove’s funky backdrop.

The mood quickly changes, the up tempo grooves are still there but lyrically Turrell takes a look at the bleaker side of life and proves himself once again as a lyricist of the highest pedigree.

I Need a Change, Broke and Money take a soulful peek at the down and out and add a bluesy dimension to the album.

Smoove masterfully compliments Turrell’s lyrical assault with a vast array of styles – jazz, funk, easy listening, northern soul and hip hop all get a spin from the Nu-Funk legend.

The duo craft authentic, retro sounding soul peppered funk with a contemporary twist, perfect for those long, hot summer days.

Check out lead single Slow Down in the video box and pick up an album that deserves to be a huge hit this summer.

Eccentric Audio will be released 21st June on Jalapeno Records