Here it is in full, our marquee release for 2020. An ode to the auntie’s cultural significance: nurturing figure, moral arbiter, no-nonsense extravagant, a pillar in the Black community. All these personae are incarnated by Ian on this 7 song funk and R&B transmission where drum machines seamlessly mingle with live instrumentation. Meanwhile, his vocals soar: extra sweet, extra hood, just extra. A rhapsodist of the sacred and profane, aiming for pop superstardom. Listed by the New York Times as one of the best albums of 2020.
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell
Rashid Williams' drumming across the album is insane - no better example than the eye-watering fill on Hot Mess. This was amazing to see live and they've captured so much of the energy on the recording ... pauloffduty