The Sweet Vandals – Lovelite (2009)
With passion and love to for the detail(s), using vintage microphones and old tape machine, those five madrileños produced a monster of a funk record! Tracks like “Do It Right” or “Beautiful” demonstrate, where the heart is acording to “The Sweet Vandals”: Timeless funk & soul far away from experiments which would guide into the nowhere of jazz music anyway.
Back beat drums, inspired by the legendary James Brown drummer Bernard Purdie and played by Javier Gomez meet the raw and soulful voice of Mayka Edjo und together with the guitar work of José AngelHerranz, the bass of Santi Martin and the B3 Organ of Carlo Coupé generate such an energy, that you – no matter if you¹re at home, in your favorite club or even at a concert of the Vandals – just have to let one¹s hair down and abandon yourself to tight, straight, uncompromising and syncopated funk! That´s the sound of The Sweet Vandals!
Perhaps it¹s because of all this, that their first 7? “I Got You, Man!” (Funkorama Records) is already a club anthem even if it¹s been released no more than five months ago! Well, in any case, The Sweet Vandals are, because of the perfect and unique voice and the vibe of that incredible band, already one of europe¹s best deep funk bands and secured a place in the vinylbags of top DJs like Keb Darge, DJ Shadow, Kenny Dope or DJ Spinna as well as in the hearts of music lovers like Paul Weller, Dave Ball (Soft Cell) or Neneh Cherry.
With this album, the Sweet Vandals managed to bring the Funk of the 60s and 70s into the year 2007 and show how agile that sound still is! And that´s good!
01. Thank You For You
02. Good Thing
03. Take Me Now
04. Let’s Have Some Fun
05. I Hate To Hate You
06. Funky Children
08. What About Love
09. Every Woman Is A Diva
10. Speak Music