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Various Artists: Jump Start Music Volume 3 CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Jump Start Music Vol 3

UK Ain’t All That! Records CD

45 Feat Gizelle Smith – Much Longer / The RJE Project Ft. Lovelle Hill – Surrender (Extended Version) / The Baker Brothers – Snap Back / Kraak & Smaak Ft Lex Empress – Call Up To Heaven / Groupo X – Big Town / Smoove & Turrell – Slow Down / Nick Pride & The Pimptones Ft. Zoe Gilby – Lay It On The Line / Aaron Tesser & The New Jazz Affair – Light And Stars (Viani DJ Radio Mix) / Jen Kearney – Warm Bath Eyes / Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra – Havana Jazz Dance / Circle Of Funk Ft. Lifford – Feelin’ It (Vocal Mix) / Missoless Ft. Maria Valetta – I Love You / Shuya Okino Ft. N’Dea Davenport – Deep Into Sunshine / Zano – My Story (Ralf Gum Organic Mix)


The excelltly stylish and tasteful sensibilities of the UK’s very own soul DJ Ginger Tony come, yet again, to the fore on this his third outing of Jump Start Music. Positive, upbeat, refreshing and choc-a-black with feel good club tunes that span soul, jazz, funk and dance this is a real must. I warn you though, it took quite a few plays to get some tunes into my system but this is now a CD that I cannot stop playing. I am so glad that I persevered with this as there are some truly unmissable gems on here. The vibe in places is very yester-now with a strong 60s and 70s influence hitting in. The STRONG opener by 45 featuring Gizelle Smith is a real Southport Weekender kind of stomper with a 70s vibe and strong piano line. America wake up and listen...you HAVE lost the plot!!!!!

Beating this is the awesome extended version of the dance track “Surrender” by the RJE Project featuring Lovelle Hill...a soulful garage house kind of vibe with warm 80s keys and a striding beat...dancefloor perfection and STRONG soulful vocals. You still there, Americ a??? The raw 1960s vibe of The Baker Brothers will appeal to those who like this kind of groove – strong vocals and rough beats. Smooth & Turrell also offer this kind of vibe with a modern twist and does nothing but add extra weight to the fact you have to buy this CD...vocally we are in Frankie Valli territory and those who know and love his “Beggin’” track will certainly get where the melody is coming from.

A real KILLER is Aaron Tesser & The New Jazz Affair...”Light And Stars” really gets into the new European Jazz Dance vibe and fans of Mario Biondi or Fabio Nobile will love this. This, to me, is the epitome of cool. Again, I am struck by the greatness of this genre with Jen Kearney’s “Warm Bath Eyes”. Get your dancing shoes out! The hatrick of coolness continues with the excellent “Havana Jazz Dance” which is full of percussion, ripping brass and horns. AWESOME! My favourite track though is served up last. “My Story” by Zano has been reworked by the superb Ralf Gum and is over 9 minutes of ultr-soulful dance heaven crammed with sunshine goodness...a real good-times boogie feel and rhythm guitar. This is simply delicious and worth the price of the CD alone let alone all the other aforementioned songs.

Please do not overlook this CD. In these dark and dull soulless days we need people with the insight, love and dedication of Ginger Tony. He has never lost faith – and I fear I have. I thank you for making me see that there is, in fact, some good new tunes about and without CDs like this I would frankly be totally ignorant to it.

Barry Towler

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