EVER a label with an eye out for new funk talent, Jalapeno has hit the man vein yet again with the signing of Birmingham’s Sam Redmore to the dotted line. A good move.
In mid-September Sam released “On The One”, an insistent, waay upbeat slice of Latin brass and conscious lyricism brewed up with New Orleans’ Renegade Brass Band and Mr Auden Allen, thus arriving in carnival coloured style.
Natch, it being from the good folks at Jalapeno “On The One” is dropping as a double-A situation, so today, release day, we get to groove on the flip, “Nagu”; you do too. The YouTube link you’ll find down there.
Before now Sam’s been busy honing his trade as a remixer, working with Mark Rae of Grand Central’s Rae & Christian, Craig Charles, DJ Vadim, and plying a line in soulful rerubs.
Sam put pen to Jalapeno contractual paper at the beginning of the year and this is the first spicy fruit of the deal. He’s an album for us in the not-too-distant; built for the discerning dancefloor, it takes in cumbia, afrobeat, samba, funk and reggae, and breathe, house, broken beat and disco.
“Nagu” was hand-crafted and tooled specifically with one particular floor in mind: the Tropical Soundclash evening he runs in his home city. Bright, full of retro funk guitar chops and a silky bass, it’s all about the brass. Get movin’.
Also on board for the track (and the album) are bassist Chris Mapp; percussionist Magoo, also a mainstay at Tropical Soundclash; horns and strings courtesy Mr Rory Simmons, and Pete Nickless stationed at the keys.
Sam Redmore’s “On The One” / “Nagu” is out digitally and on 7″ from Jalapeno Records today, November 5th; snare your copy while you can, here.