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The Sunburst Band
The Sunburst Band returned in 2012 with an amazing new album “The Secret Life of Us”, which many people have said is their best work yet. Dave Lee/Joey Negro locked himself away in the studio for 3 years with the band to produce this tour de force of disco, soul, boogie and jazz funk. The album spent an unequalled 10 weeks at number 1 on the Solar Radio Sweet Rhythms chart and also topped the UK Soul chart and Amazon Funk chart. The first single “In The Thick of It” featuring Angela Johnson reached Number 1 on Traxsource.com within 4 days of release and for many it has been the vocal track of the summer. Now the remixes and singles re coming thick and fast from Frankie Knuckles, Atjazz, DJ Spinna, MDD, Andreas Saag and Opolopo
Lengthy artist careers in the music business are few and far between, but in the ever-changing world of dance music they are scarcer than a signed pair of Georgio Moroder’s underpants. Joey Negro/Dave Lee’s debut release may have been part of the first wave of UK house back in 1988, but more than 20 years later he is still on top of his game.
“I’d been in a few bands in the 80s,” he says, “but when house came along one of the things that appealed to me was that you suddenly didn’t need a group of musicians to make a record. However, having produced loads of keyboard based tracks it’s always nice to go back to the band sound for a change…especially now I’m completely in charge!”
The Sunburst Band is a collective born out of Mr Lee’s passion for boogie, funk, disco and jazz. “It’s not like I’m the guy who harps on that it was so much better back in ’78,’” says Dave with a smile, “but at the same time I’m a bit of a polar resistor who goes against the flow. When my mates were buying The Clash and Cocteau Twins, I was into D Train and Funkadelic. Similarly now as so many dance acts are making electro I’ve gone the other way with this project. I’ve missed the performance thing, the intensity of a band playing together. Rock and indie have never moved that’s away from the guitar and drums sound, whereas dance (be it R&B or house) tends to be mainly programmed. And it’s not that I have a problem with that, I just wanted to do something that I don’t hear too often nowadays. Some people might call it retro, but I’m just a guy writing songs and performing them with his band.”
Forming in 1998, the release of debut album ‘Here Comes The Sunburst Band’ won critical acclaim with both old school heads as well as nu breed disco and house fans. Tracks like ‘Garden of Love’ and ‘Delicious’ became scene classics, championed by DJs from Pete Tong to 4Hero to Dimitri From Paris. The follow-up ‘Until The End of Time’ featured cuts like ‘Far Beyond’ which all the top US hip hop guys still spin, and soul anthem ‘Everyday – a favourite with Annie Mac, Trevor Nelson and even Heston Blumenthal, who included it as one of his ‘Desert Island Discs’ on Radio 4.
Collaborators have included Harlem boogie legend Leroy Burgess, ex playmate and soul star Linda Clifford, Diane Charlemagne, who sang on Goldie’s ‘Inner City Life’, and Chaka Khan’s sister Taka Boom plus Lucy Martin and Norma Jean Wright from Chic. In the past the Sunburst Band have had some slammin’ remixes from Dennis Ferrer, Recloose, Henrik Schwarz and The Revenge, which have kept them omnipresent in clubland.
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