UK group STR4TA have laid out plans for new album ‘STR4TASFEAR’.
The project is helmed by Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, a peerless musician whose knowledge of funk and jazz is essentially unrivalled. STR4TA is a homage to the glory days of Brit-Funk, and overhauls a deeply British street sound from a modern vantage point.
Eagle-eyed fans noted a familiar name on the sleeve of STR4TA’s debut album – DJ, Brownswood boss, and 6Music host Gilles Peterson was listed as co-producer, his first official production credit.
New album ‘STR4TASFEAR’ is incoming, out on November 11th. New song ‘Turn Me Around’ leads the way, a bass-heavy funk groover aimed at the dancefloor.
Gilles Peterson comments…
‘STR4TASFEAR’ is a continuation from our first project, celebrating the ground-breaking Brit-Funk era of the late 70s/ early 80s while continuing the story with the rise of the drum machine; paying homage to the Acid Jazz and Electro Soul that followed and the evolution that inspired club culture and new Jazz of recent times.
For me it’s a record of parallels, not only in music but a lot of the issues we are experiencing today began in that Brit-Funk era. The parallels in the political landscape of that time and today are poignant and the moment of overall change we are living in is reflected in this record. Bluey is a significant executer of exhibiting the important social questions through music from a Black British perspective and it’s an honour to work with him.
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