Incognito – No Time Like The Future (1999)

Artist: Incognito
Title: No Time Like The Future
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Mercury / Talkin’ Loud
Genre: Acid Jazz / Funk / Soul
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue, log, scans) / MP3
Total Time: 01:03:32
Total Size: 432 MB / 145 MB

01. Wild And Peaceful (5:46)
02. Get Into My Groove (4:58)
03. It Ain’t Easy (6:16)
04. Marrakech (6:41)
05. Fearless (6:14)
06. Nights Over Egypt (7:08)
07. Centre Of The Sun (5:01)
08. More Of Myself (4:50)
09. I Can See The Future (8:14)
10. Black Rain (8:20)
Karen Bernod, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak (vocals);
Simon Hale (arranger/conductor);
Irakere (horns);
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick (guitar, keyboards, background vocals);
Graham Harvey (keyboards, drum programming);
Richard Bailey (drums);
Daniel "Venom" Maunick, Simon Cotsworth (drum programming).

From the opening bars of "Wild and Peaceful" (almost a description of the group’s style) with its soaring strings, crystalline piano, and flawless vocal harmonies, it’s apparent that No Time Like the Future is rich with Incognito’s patented blend of soul and finesse. "It Ain’t Easy," with its refrain of Marvin Gaye’s "What’s Goin’ On," is a classic funk outcry; "Fearless" is a wordless chant with some great rhythm guitar and booting jazz saxophone; "Nights Over Egypt" backs another great vocal with popping bass and orchestral atmospherics; "Black Rain" mixes exotic drumming with some subliminal dissonance. Producer-composer-guitarist Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick has added string arrangements by Simon Hale, appearances by the horns of the hot Cuban band Irakere, and the performances of small army of R&B singers (Maysa, especially) and British contemporary jazz players (Ed Jones stands out on tenor and soprano). The result is an irresistible combination of strong songs and pulsing rhythm tracks, all polished to slippery perfection. — Adam Rains ~

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