Greasin the Wheels

A 12 track jazz-funk album (1h 2m 2s) — released July 27th 2009 on Freestyle Records
The Sound Stylistics are back! 2 years on since the release of The Sound Stylistics Play Deep Funk which one of the most sought after and best selling Freestyle albums ever, the band have returned with the Greasin' The Wheels. This absolute killer follow up features the same line up plus very special guests such as Jan Kincaid (Brand New Heavies) Snowboy and guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) The band have fused all their favourite influences together throughout this album, from film soundtracks, latin jazz to psychedelic soul to great effect. The highlights include the opening track 'Tie One On' which is a nod to the soul jazz sound of the Prestige label circa late 60's, pumping drums sit underneath a crisp, irresistible horn riff that guitarist Al Cherry rides with an inimitable solo rooted in the style of legends like Cornell Dupree and Phil Upchurch and it's pure dance floor magic. The title of 'The Crisis Generator' was given to the band by legendary ex Clash front man Joe Strummer who the band met at Battery Recording Studio's in London during the summer of 2001 whilst the band were mixing the first 'Play Deep Funk' album. The two Jims (Watson & Hunt) feature here on organ and sax showing why they are both in huge demand as session players, great music just falls out of these guys and we are all better off for it. 'The Taking Of Peckham 343' was named after band mainstay Dom Glovers local bus in south London and an incident where he had to confront a couple of knife carrying youths, it features Jan Kincaid laying down a killer breakbeat. If the intro isn't sampled the massive beat will be! 'Greasin' The Wheels' is stunning return for The Sound Stylistics proving to anyone in any doubt that in the funky soul and jazz arena there' really isn't another band to touch them.

The Sound Stylistics debut CD is something of a cult set among Deep Funk fans. The follow-up should re-emphasize their position as one of the tightest Funk/ Jazz bands around comprising some of the UK's greatest session musicians. Totally instrumental, the album kicks into high gear with 'Tie One On', but the blistering 'The Crisis Generator' is as hot as mustard with blazing horns, infectious guitar riffs and wicked solos. 'The Taking Of Peckham 343' has a 70's TV cop show soundtrack feel, and the summer-ish upbeat feel of 'El Nino' harks back to the days of Light Of The World/ Mass Production/ Blackbyrds. Every track is a blast as the musicians seem to have a ball inspiring each other to greater heights. Sound Stylistics whilst being their own band take inspiration from the likes of early Kool And The Gang, Funk Inc and those great Hammond Prestige albums of the early 70's - Soul Brother Records

Sounding like a library soundtrack with breaks, beats and moog synths - my favourite is the mellow 'Eye Of The Storm' cut' - Fitzroy Soul Survivor Magazine

Infectious, instrumental funk that summarizes all that's good and you need to know about this fabulous and rich kind of music. A highly recommended disc - Teach www.jazzandsoul.eu

Greasin The Wheels is PURE FUNK! This album rocks and listen to The Taking Of Peckham 343 if you want a real treat! - Paul Miller BBC 3 Counties Radio

Plenty of grease here -- given that The Sound Stylistics are one of the most cooking combos around! - Dusty Groove America

Good god! Here's an absolutely top class funk album from start to finish! Nothing short of perfect! - Pete Isaac Jelly Jazz

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