Guillaime Metenier – France’s jazz, funk and reggae organist extraordinaire – unveils his latest Soul Sugar release, Cool Down feat. Booker Gee & Blundetto, and it provides a sun-kissed taste of the upcoming album, due for release in June.
The digital-only single was co-produced by Metenier with fellow French artists Blundetto and Blackjoy, giving a modern take on dub with nice, thick rhythms and instrumentation as clear as a blue sky. With cloudy bass and reggae-style beats, Cool Down also features some great guitar work from Blundetto, as well as typically sparkling keys from Metenier.
The track is one of few previously unheard tracks on the forthcoming Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk & Dub, Soul Sugar’s fourth album to date. The set also includes previously archived tracks from the collective, including reggae cover versions of Luther Vandross Never Too Much and Marvin Gaye classic I Want You.
Guillaume ‘Gee’ Metenier has provided incredible musical support to many bands since the 1990s, but more recently he is best known for the fluid reggae-soul fusion of Soul Sugar, his solo work as Booker Gee, and record label GEE Recordings. Soul Sugar sees Metenier producing releases in collaboration with regular studio buddies and guest producers, using the project to explore a wider variety of musical influences including jazz-funk, deep funk, reggae and dub.
Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk & Dub is released on 4 June through Gee Recordings.