Three-piece MPC, keys and bass trio Middle Name Dance Band have released more infectiously relaxed groove by smoothly reworking two tracks taken from their 2020 acclaimed Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol.2.
The new 7” single features vocalised versions of Weekend Love Chant and Love Bite – the sultry, smoky resonance of singers Wallace and Natalie Slade giving new life to both.
Enlisting multi-award winning jazz singer Wallace from Wellington, NZ, slow jam Weekend Love Chant (one of The Best 12” Dance Singles on Bandcamp March – May 2020) has been slickly and soulfully elevated.
Sydney’s Natalie Slade, whose 2020 album release (Control, Eglo Records) attracted high praise from the international media, adds her soaring vocal energy to Love Bite (added to triple j Unearthed in 2020).
The MNDB trio – Sampology, Megan Christensen and Sam Stosuur – originally joined forces in 2018 for a one-off collaborative project resulting in Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol. 1. Initially a reflection of the Meanjin/Brisbane movement and its cross-pollination between club and jazz/soul communities, the 5-track EP gained the attention of specialist radio hosts, influential curators and programmers. Support for the debut EP came from Gilles Peterson, BBC 6, BBC 4, CC Disco, Harvey Sutherland, and RTR.
Middle Name Dance Tracks Vol. 2 was released in April 2020, also to widespread support. It featured in Bandcamp’s Best 12” Singles (March – May 2020) and received a triple j Unearthed add for Love Bite.