LEE FIELDS AND THE EXPRESSIONS – SPECIAL NIGHT
Read the album review that inspired FCP Audio Producer Michael to write Soul Loops with Liquid Motion.
We all love Soul Music. Any music with the ability to touch your heart on a rainy Sunday certainly has my gold seal of approval. The past few years have seen a pretty widespread revival of Soul. The likes of ‘Badbadnotgood’ have created a ‘Soul synonymous’ name for themselves with some pretty outstanding re-fixes. It would be fair to say that a lot of their music is crossover, but if their interpretation of ‘Future Islands – Seasons’, is not Soul music, then the Pope is not a Catholic and the Bear most certainly never took a Sh!t in the woods.
Being predominantly an electronic producer myself, I am comforted to hear the use of programmed drums and breaks, seamlessly masked with the soulful guitars, horns and keys to create the sound we have all come to know and love. I have applied this when writing Soul loops for the ‘Liquid Motion’ ‘SoundStack’. Combine this with some heart felt, meaningful vocals and we have an undeniable winning formula.
Lee Fields has been making music since a time when popular culture thrived on the cool and authentic. The space for realism in music is sparse now in this digital age of manufactured artists. The fact that he is breaking through now, surpassing these endless releases of tepid mediocrity, is a huge comfort to us audio realists and vinyl junkies.
Now, on to the album. Special Night is laced with messages and meaning. Lee’s vocals are reminiscent of James Brown and written with the prowess of a veteran. Although very consistent, the track selection is very diverse. Every track offers a very solid, organic musical backbone for Lee to melodiously dance over with his emotive vocals. I drew a lot of parallels with the likes of Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers, The Impressions and Bobby Womack, so if you are a fan of any of the above, this album is most definitely for you.
Soul will never die!