Black Gold Massive - Stories
so often a new album comes along by an unknown group which for some
reason you know will have quality written all over it. The reasons
for this are never straightforward but in the case of BGM its down
to the individuals fronting the project. With a pedigree
stretching back over 20 years with a variety of projects
including Down To The Bone, Mr Gone and Whats Happening you know
that you are in for a musical treat. In this case its an album that
mixes neo-soul, jazz-funk, Urban RnB and even hip-hop together.
Best demonstrated in the sublime cover version of the Bygraves
original 'Set Me Free'. With the vocals of Cindy Mizelle added to
the musical pedigree the album reaches new heights of musical
As others continue in the
same boring formalised fashion BGM refuse to be
pigeonholed and have already found the next level of musical
advancement. Listen to the smooth jazz-funk of 'Cast No Shadow,' add
to it the heartfelt lyrics of Cindy's vocals about life's
ability to drag you down to mediocrity which really hit home
and THEN there's the piano break! The track itself fades after 7
glorious minutes but all you want to do is press the play
button again and again. YES, the album is really this good!
On certain tracks one can
think of a similarity to Incognito, but even that is not meant as a
criticism. Looking back to the sound of Whats Happening in the eighties
one is hard pushed to remember who actually came first. The
laid back funk of 'Let It Flow' remind me of when I first heard the
sound and now some twenty years later not only does it sound just as
fresh but it also still sounds ahead of its time. Simply because
music of this quality is timeless.
BGM make you feel good, touch
your soul and entice you to dance all at the same time. File
under Original, heavenly and sophisticated. Its an essential
purchase for all lovers of real music.