J Lee & The Hoodoo Skulls
J Lee and the Hoodoo Skulls from Surrey UK announce their groove laden and down right dirty rocking 2nd album 'Beggars Soul'.
Fronted by J Lee, with Harun Kotch (Lead Guitarist and co writer/producer with the band), Wayne Riches (Drums, formerly with Skin of Skunk Anansie) and Mike Hartnett (Bass), create a sound so punchy you'll have to pinch yourself to remember that they come from the UK. Gutsy, edgy, raw are just some of the words that have been used to describe their sound.
The bluesy, roots album is littered with rocking riffs, sassy brass and a gripping sound from recording sessions at The Old Chapel, a recording studio in an actual church in Chichester UK. It garners an earthed authentic sound, of which the album allows the listener to discover and dig again into. Their latest single 'Let Your Hair Down' with its fan engaged video, was also featured in Classic Rock Magazine’s 'Tracks Of The Week' and aired on a plethora of stations.
'Baby Blue' brings us a rockin' start with a great beat that will have you movin' from the start. This is no doubt gonna be great live, the crowd will love it. Next up is the title track 'Beggars Soul', and has a heavy bluesy intensity throughout. Great title track with plenty of attitude.
'Come Home' is an addictive and engaging number with a beat and chorus that will stay with you for hours before 'Highway', which has a real southern porch feel with a stomping good beat and laid back vibe. The vocal changes are terrific and keep this track moving.
'Need You So Bad' has an Elvis/cabaret vibe and is a free flowing number with a big sing-a-long chorus.
'Let Your Hair Down' raises the tempo and will get you moving with a track that deserves to be blasted out at no lower than 11. Very much gives me Rival Sons vibes.
'Don't Bother Me' keeps the pace moving along nicely with another rockin' track. The chorus lifts everything again before we move along with a great beat.
'Get Over You' has a real bounce to it alongside sultry vocals which give this a different feel which works wonderfully, before 'Ain't No Way' gives us a slower and haunting opening with a chain gang feel. A great and catchy track, again a wonderful sing-a-long chorus.
'Baby Can't Sing The Blues' (lockdown track) brings to a close this excellent album with a real rock n roll number. The 50's has arrived with a vengeance. Fabulous and unexpected end to the album. Brilliant stuff indeed.
If you love a good beat and rockin' vibe then this is definitely an album you should check out when released on June 25th.
It will have you dancing round the living room or drumming on your steering wheel. TFM gives 'Beggars Soul' a rock n rollin' 9/10. An excellent release that will be played and enjoyed many more times to come.