Incognitoâ€™s 30th anniversary album TRANSATLANTIC RPM is an absolute masterpiece. Itâ€™s like no other Incognito album you have heard before.
16 tracks with a host of special guests including Chaka Khan, Mario Biondi, the legendary Leon Ware, Al McKay of Earth Wind & Fire, Christian Urich of Tortured Soul, Ursula Rucker, and Los Angeles rapper Luckyiam.
Regular Incognito vocalists Maysa, Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle and Vanessa Haynes are all featured. Airplay favourites are the bandâ€™s excellent version of Boz Scaggsâ€™ â€œLowdownâ€, with vocals by Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi, and â€œ1975â€, the story of Blueyâ€™s introduction to jazz and soul music, with stunning vocals by Joy Rose. The album is an Album of the Week on Jazz FM.
The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 31 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1979 and celebrating 31 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2010.
From an early age, the UK live scene was a key inspiration for Bluey, having moved to London from his native Mauritius aged ten. Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, of course, Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang. But the real link to Incognito was UK bands like Gonzalez and FBI. These were people that lived in your town and walked your streets.
31 years on, the Bluey and Incognito story remains a one-off and a uniquely Great British adventure. From Top Ten hits to producing and arranging for Chaka Khan, Anastacia, Lulu, Philip Bailey and George Benson, Bluey Maunick can take his place among the greats of global soul. Its a wonderful time for music. Bluey quotes; We are entertainers, teachers, healers, we are lucky to have this labour of love and to be living the dream.
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An acid jazz project with surprisingly deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/fusion world, Incognito was originally formed by Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) and Paul â€œTubbsâ€ Williams. Both were leaders of the late-â€™70s disco-funk group Light of the World, who scored several moderate British hits, including a cover of â€œI Shot the Sheriff.â€ Just after the release of Light of the Worldâ€™s third LP (Check Us Out), Maunick and Williams shifted the lineup slightly and renamed the conglomeration Incognito. Incognito debuted with the single â€œParisienne Girlâ€ and released the 1981 LP Jazz Funk, but was inactive during the rest of the 1980s. Maunick continued to write material for his group, even while working with Maxi Priest and others. (Williams later moved to Finland.) By the beginning of the 1990s, DJ legend and early Incognito fan Gilles Peterson had founded the Talkinâ€™ Loud label and he made Incognito one of his first signings. The 1991 single â€œAlways Thereâ€ (with vocals by Jocelyn Brown) became a Top Ten hit as part of Britainâ€™s booming acid jazz scene, prompting the release of Incognitoâ€™s second album overall, Inside Life. It was largely a studio affair, with Maunick and engineer Simon Cotsworth directing a large cast with many of the best musicians in Britainâ€™s fertile groove community. With 1992â€™s Tribes Vibes + Scribes, Maunick added a more established vocalist, the American Maysa Leak. A cover of Stevie Wonderâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t You Worry â€˜Bout a Thingâ€ became another Incognito hit â€¦
Soul CentralÂ “In-Ten-City” (Aaron Ross 2010 Deep Dub)
Another solid record from the back cat, thereâ€™s a dope little techy, arpegiatted sound towards the end of the main mix, I was messing around with an edit and I looped up that part as and then as the breakdown was made up of that musical part it was all without drums so I added new beats and worked an arrangement around that techy part. It totally changes the energy of the record and hopefully opens it up to the DJ.s who play that deeper techy sound.
Peven EverettÂ “Stuck” (Phil Asher’s Soul Heaven Version)
One of my proudest signings and the record that launched the label, a soulful classic with a tight edit from Phil Asher…
Long before it featured on the cover of the best-selling Oasis album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? London’s Berwick Street was a mecca for any self-respecting record collector.
Hailed as the “Golden Mile” of vinyl, in the 1990s more than 20 independent stores once lined the street alongside the fruit market and sex shops, earning this corner of Soho a reputation as host to the greatest concentration of record shops in Britain.