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Kylie Auldist

Just Say

(Tru Thoughts; US: 10 Jun 2008; UK: 29 May 2008)

The debut full-length from Kylie Auldist succeeds precisely where the albums of fellow Tru Thoughts chanteuse Alice Russell faltered. While Alice was placed with button pushing producer TM Juke for her solo debut, and her other two CDs were spotty compilations of various remixes and guest appearances, Kylie’s first headlining record features full support from the Bamboos (who act as the Quantic Soul Orchestra touring band whenever Will “Quantic” Holland is in the land down under). Similar to Russell and Sharon Jones, Auldist has a wonderfully smoky, well-traveled voice that craves a character driven, organic backdrop, one that head Bamboo Lance Fergusson orchestrates in the funkiest fashion possible. Only the cover of Jeff Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You” steps out of character a little, but the mammoth horn section won’t let you forget where you are. The rest is pure, unadulterated throwback funk and soul stripped from the bared bricks of Stax and Motown. Kylie easily carries the center of the album and if there was any question about the Bamboos being in the same league as the QSO or the Dap-Kings before, there isn’t now. That leaves Just Say as the best funk album of the year thus far.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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