New Mastersounds

Stream the First-Ever NMS Studio Recording (1999)


Just hours ago New Mastersounds dropped a real treat for you funk fans, their first ever studio recording available for streaming. The group draws on a variety of sounds including Jimmy Smith’s jazzy B-3 organ, New Orleans funk reminiscent of the Meters, hints of psychedelic influences of the 60s/early 70s,  and the improvisational expertise of modern jambands.

This UK funk outfit began in 1999 with  Simon Allen and Eddie Roberts performing as the Mastersounds at a weekly funk/ soul jam night called The Cooker in Leeds, England. The addition of Pete Shand (Bass) and Bob Birch (Piano & Organ) offered numerous benefits in the expansion of Simon & Eddie’s material. The first rehearsals were recorded on 8-track 1/4″ reel-to-reel in a basement in Chapel Allerton, Leeds to help guide Pete and Bob as they were learning the songs.  Songs such as “One Note Brown” and “Taurus” from the early rehearsal tapes were released on 7″ vinyl  on Blow It Hard. Shortly thereafter, the funksters released their first full-length studio album titled Darge Presents: The New Mastersounds (2001), which was met with critical acclaim by top-notch artists including DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist. Since then the group has gone on to release several studio albums & official live recordings. Fifteen years after their inception, they travel the globe as a highly sought after act known for high-energy shows packed with improvisation.

Below you can enjoy the tracks from their rehearsal that were released on 7″ vinyl as well as tracks that were not officially released, a true gem from musicians carrying on the tradition of raw, live, organic funk and soul.

June 1999 – the first ever NMS studio recording. Six original ditties recorded on 8-track 1/4″ reel-to-reel in the basement of former Mastersounds percussionist Sam Bell’s house in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Intended purely as a notepad to help Bob & Pete learn the tunes that Si and Eddie had already been playing for a couple of years, the recording fell into the hands of London-based DJ and promoter Clive Johnson, who suggested releasing some of the tunes on limited-edition 7″ singles on his recently-formed Blow It Hard imprint.-New Mastersounds

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