Evening Sun

A 14 track neo-soul album (1h 16m 24s) — released July 20th 2009 on Freestyle Records

M-Swift, aka Shouhei Matsushita is the talented instrumentalist and producer who hails from Hiroshima, Japan but has lived in London and has been wide open to musical influences from around the world. As a fan of soul and jazz from a young age he has absorbed all the best elements of classic and contemporary black music and forged a singular identity that enables him to stand out in a musical landscape of sound a likes and copyists. M-Swifts soulful, funky house and jazz inflected RnB combined with the spectacular talents of renowned vocalists such as Eric Roberson, Tony Momrelle, Joy Rose, Donna Gardier and Vanessa Haynes, and some of the worlds greatest musicians such as guitar maestro Tony Remy, and vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais whose combined talents makes for an up tempo, feel good record. This 14 track collection kicks off in mighty style with 'Brighter Days', a top notch performance from Tony Momrelle, who has worked with Incognito and counts a certain Stevie Wonder as a fan and once you have wrapped your ears around his tonsils you will understand why! 'Feeling' is the musical vehicle that allows Eric Roberson to display his massive talent, as a live performer few work harder and as a song writer Eric has had the pleasure of Dwele, Musiq, Vivian Green and Will Downing record his compositions. On this amazing track (already released on a Freestyle 12 FSR069) lit is easy to see what led Jill Scott to pronounce "He is a brilliant singer with a voice like red velvet cake". 'Set You Free' with Donna Gardier has a loping, modern funky feel and a killer vocal hook that glides over orchestral strings, a truly beautiful song that will not date to it's classic timeless quality. With 'Evening Sun' Shouhei Matsushita has forged together all the best influences and textures making this album quality contemporary soul for real music lovers.

Follow-up to the excellent Morning Light, is if anything stronger and now out in the UK. The album has an Incognito feel especially with Tony Momrelle adding his Stevie tinged vocal on 'Brighter Days'. Joy Rose adds her sublime vocals on the upbeat title song.. The excellent groove laden 'Feeling' features Eric Roberson as does 'Game' – a fast dancer. The head nodder 'Set You Free' features Donna Gardier, and Vanessa Haynes excels on the soulful 'Greater Love'. There are also several tracks with soulful House undertones including the atmospheric 'Time' and uptempo 'Make It On My Own'. This superb album will appeal to lovers of the UK jazzy Soul of Incognito/ Brand New Heavies/Reel People etc and is one of the albums of the year so far. - Soul Brother Records

100% feel good.The entire album is superb and is one of my favourites of the year - Paul Miller BBC 3 Counties Radio

Wonderfully soulful work from M-Swift -- one of the best producer/performers we've heard in years, working here with an assortment of great singers who include Eric Roberson, Vanessa Haynes, Marcus Begg, Donna Gardier, Tony Momrelle, and Marcina Arnold! Swift's talents really take us back to those great days of the London/Tokyo producers of the 90s -- those cool cats who had a way of setting up a groove beautifully - Dusty Groove America

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