Emerging from the same Australian heavy funk scene that gave us The Bamboos and Cookin' On 3 Burners, Dojo Cuts offer an authentically breezy take on revivalist funk and soul dripping with emotion. Having initially formed in 2008, they've finally got round to recording and releasing their debut album. Take From Me is pretty damn good, too. There are, of course, similarities with the Bamboos, but Dojo Cuts' sound is noticeably sweeter, breezier even. While the rhythms are fat and often furiously fast, the emotional vocals of Roxie Ray soften the sound somewhat, making Take From Me more Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings than Cookin' On 3 Burners or Quantic Soul Orchestra.
The first single to grace our collections since their impeccable debut album Take From Me, "My Lovin' Is All About You" is a quintessential swoon-funk jam complete with harmonised horn refrains and beautiful vocal delivery from Roxie who strikes the perfect balance between emphatic and laid back. For those who've got the album and can't work out whether the single is a worthy investment or not, head for the second track: "King Cash" is unreleased. And what's more, it's a demo version! Total madness; with such a polished finish, tight groove and yet more delightful vocal delivery, it's not your common rough n' ready unmixed demo. But then Dojo Cuts aren't your common rough n' ready funk band...