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The life and Soul
Mamas Gun’s debut album Routes To Riches -
Tours with De La Soul, Raphael Saadiq, Taio Cruz and Beverley Knight quickly followed and saw the band play to tens of thousands fans worldwide whilst a new record, The Life & Soul, categorically cements the band’s place as “most likely to” contenders.
The new album, produced by Grammy Award winning production team Martin Terefe and Andreas Olsson (named in the Top Ten best pop producers by Billboard this year and noted for success with artists such as Jason Mraz, Train, James Morrison, KT Tunstall and Jamie Cullum), is a revelation in that it borrows a myriad of identifiable influences and yet seems to inhabit a world all of its own.
Mamas Gun’s success in Japan may or may not have had something to do with front-
In Germany, the band appeared on TV impressing the manager of Die Fantastishen 4 (a kind of hip-
The collaborations continued in Hong Kong where Mamas Gun recorded their own version of a huge Jackie Cheung hit re-
Interestingly the tables are now turning with plans for one of France’s biggest acts – Tete – to guest on a Mamas Gun track & Japanese girl-
It’s not too much to say that this unique approach to conquering territories far removed from their own has made the band friends all over the world & enabled them to take their own music to a global scale not always achieved by even some of the biggest UK acts.
Mamas Gun are a five-
Lead Singer and songwriter Platts, who attended Liverpool’s LIPA institute before playing on Corinne Bailey Rae’s debut album and writing with Rod ‘Thriller’ Temperton, John Oates, Jed Leiber and former Gil Scott-
Platts is right about the rock element as opener Reconnection (a song about the after life and “reconnecting with your loved ones” and a play on the word reincarnation) testifies. The song is almost Queen-
Love in all its (re)incarnations is an abiding theme on The Life & Soul: Only One, co-
Elsewhere on The Life & Soul the writing remains reassuringly enigmatic; the apocalyptic Inferno takes its inspiration from a song on Jeff Buckley’s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk album and is, according to Platts, about “setting things in motion which become inevitable”; Rocket To The Moon (co-
The Life & Soul moves the goalposts on what one expects from a contemporary record these days. Lyrically its leaps and bounds above its predecessor and musically it has a cohesion that Routes To Riches possibly lacked – a testament to the 5-
It’s ironic to note then that The Life & Soul is actually the record they’ve always threatened to make -
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