When The Brand New Heavies burst onto the scene in the late 80s via London’s rare groove circuit, it was clear they were trailblazers. Their spirited mash-up of R&B, jazz, funk and soul spawned a new movement in music called Acid Jazz and it was not long before they became a musical institution.
Two years shy of their Silver Anniversary and seven years since their last release, the multi-platinum selling super-group are back with Forward, their debut on Shanachie Entertainment. The Heavies re-emerge triumphant and in top form with original collaborator N’Dea Davenport and new British vocalist, Dawn Joseph, picking up the baton on several tracks. Founding member, drummer and keyboardist, Jan Kincaid, also graces us with his vocals as well as stirring up The Brand New Heavies potent instrumental elixir with fellow founding members, guitarist Simon Bartholomew and bassist Andrew Levy.
Complete with chest-thumping bass lines, hard swingin’ break neck tempos and sweat-inducing grooves, Forward serves up an intoxicating brew of funkified soulful, jazzy and dance driven numbers with killer arrangements. The album’s first singe is “Sunlight” featuring N’Dea Davenport. The Brand New Heavies have outdone themselves, proving to their fans it was worth the wait. “We are really excited to be releasing the new Brand New Heavies album,” states Shanachie General Manager, Randall Grass. “They are icons who were instrumental in creating a musical movement and at the same time are unique. Best of all, the new album sounds like one of the best of their career. The release of this album will truly be an event.”