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The New Mastersounds Bring Therapy to the Dancefloor

Ask any DJ and they’ll recite the Golden Rule: don’t lose the dancefloor. It’s a lesson the New Mastersounds learned when they were starting out 15 years ago, playing live between DJ sets in their native Leeds, England. And they’ve always remembered it. It’s been the driving force behind their eight previous releases, and it powers their new album, Therapy (released April 19, 2014 on Dumaine Records).

The New Mastersounds - Therapy




  
Darlene Love or maybe it was Lisa Fischer told a story about being asked to sing back up for a British Band. While watching the band perform she noticed two things: the guy was flailing around like an old Baptist pastor from the south and that they were trying to sound black. This was back in the early seventies and that man was Joe Cocker. There is no doubt that the black take on music influenced many throughout and that is ever so prevalent in British music. The New Mastersounds, a groovy band from Leeds, UK, is a pure example of that influence. Starting in a small club called “The Cooker,” to now playing massive festivals and major concert halls; NMS has proven their name and ability in the efforts of Funk and Jazz fusion. It has been a couple years since their last full length album, but thankfully that space was well served for they are back with a top of the line album that everyone will enjoy, which is properly titled, Therapy.

Jam Cruise: The world’s best floating music festival

Every year, over 3,000 music lovers of all ages pack up their shorts, swimsuits and creative costumes and head south to take a break from winter.

They converge at a south Florida cruise ship terminal, where all the stage shows and cheesy lounge singers have been kicked off the ship, replaced by some of the country’s best groups from the jam band/festival scene. It’s Jam Cruise, and the 12th floating music festival took place January 4th the first cruise on MSC’s new ship, Divina, after four years on the Poesia. It was also the first departure from the Port of Miami, which is a much nicer facility than the Port Everglades terminal. And my hat’s off to the folks at Cloud 9 Adventures and all their supporting cast.

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