Multifaceted, multitalented Lance Ferguson fires up the "Rare Grove Spectrum" machine ahead of his new album next year. As always with the man behind Aussie groove troopers The Bamboos, the deep funk message is plain, simple and devilishly moreish; "Egg Roll" plays the consummate lead with its flavoursome swing horns and big riff that builds up with guitar and organ refrains while "The Dump" fixes our focus more on the guitars as a big crystal clear riff takes the lead plays a cool toe-to-toe with the trumpet. Watch out for that crisp break on the breakdown too. Bring on the album!
With a new album on the way before the end of the year on Strut, their new home, Nubiyan Twist unleash two tracks to whet the appetite. 'Tell It To Me Slowly', featuring the almost crooner-style vox of Nick Richardson, is a near-broken soul-jazz workout that's likely to find favour with the likes of Gilles Peterson and Snowboy, while the Nubiya Brandon-sung 'Sugar Cane' takes us into laidback, late-night jazz pastures. Both cuts may be a little polite-sounding for mainstream club tastes, but the specialist spots - and the jazz-dancers - will lap them up.