After a double A-side single with the Detroit soul legend Thornetta Davis recently, Disaster Relief seems to be expanding their musical horizons with their latest album, Back Into It. That ‘it’ just turns out to be a few more things than one.
Sure, producer, songwriter, and guitarist Darrin James and his octet know how to pump out some timeless soul/funk like the opening title song.
Yet James obviously wanted to stress the fact that he wanted to branch away from the blues and roots-rock sounds of his Darrin James Band albums and come up with a more improvisational, instrumental, and funky project that would also branch out into world music too. They already started out strong with a recent two-track single with Detroit soul legend Thornetta Davis.
So the band bravely venture into the Balkans with “Kalamatianós for Alexander” and “Weekend Čoček,” as if they resided in the region all their lives, but then venturing into African guitar and brass sound (“Beach Song”) and elsewhere, from film music to the dance floor.
Throughout, the playing and arrangements are almost immaculate and the album in many ways plays like a perfect playlist for a day out, running in the park, or just simply driving around. Rainy day? Yes, you could still certainly dance to this one. Anyway, it is still on repeat.
Disaster Relief – ‘Back Into It’ Reaction
Disaster Relief covers a wide musical field on 'Back Into It' - from soul/funk to various strands of world music, and it's all stuff you'll find yourself putting on repeat.