Occasionally it seems the slightly more advanced DJ slash producer (in years and taste) feels a need to be true to his roots and and release something that strays from the 120bpm four-to-the-floor template. If you’re Eric Duncan or Harvey (Rub N Tug live and Map Of Africa respectively) this seems to be an OK idea (although anything like this I approach with gritted teeth), and this is another project that thankfully hasn’t collapsed under it’s own portent.
Mother Rose is the new project from Freaks main man Luke Solomon and Howlinʼ Wilf, The Veejays and sometime Polecats guitarist, Andy Neal. Released on strictly limited edition vinyl (initially through Londonʼs LN-CC store and Japanʼs Crue L), Mother Rose 001 sees Solomon and Neal plunge into their shared love of Tom Waits, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, Jah Wobble, Blues, Soul, Funk and… You get the picture.
‘Tell Me’ and the Daniele Baldelli remix of ‘Mellow Down’ are the ones to check here, but you’ll have to take my word for it as there’s nowhere to listen to it (I could only stream it from the promo site), which is a bit bloody-minded in my opinion (vinyl only or not). Sorry about that. Well, at least you know it’s almost out there now, and word son, you’ll need to be quick.