Ferry Ultra

Ferry and the good funk


The debut album from veteran DJ/Producer Ferry Ultra, „Ferry Ultra & the Homeless Funkers”, provides eleven slices of real deal soul and funk sure to satisfy soul boys and girls across the spectrum. Featuring a veritable who’s who of soul, funk and hip-hop, Ferry Ultra fuses his love for the music of the past with accomplished contemporary production without once losing soul’s essential element: feeling. Live instrumentation (including some soul-affirming punchy horns), strong songwriting and stirring vocals combine on a collection of cuts that mark Ferry Ultra out as a musician and producer of impeccable taste, well-versed in soul’s past, present and future.

The album kicks off at a blistering pace with a juicy slice of discofied new school Northern Soul aimed squarely at the dance floor via the bustling Live My Life featuring Nicole Russo. Rare groove legend, Gwen McCrae commands nothing but respect for her preposterously funky performance on the sass laden modern soul goodie, Let Me Do My Thing. The flow of luminaries continues apace with a typically joyous performance from the inimitable Roy Ayers on the buoyant jazz-funk-soul of Dangerous Vibes, featuring a smile-broadening vibraphone solo from the man himself! Southern Soul troubadour, Ann Sexton proves that she’s lost none of her gutsy vocal abilities on Rising Up, fusing funk, gospel, blues and hip-hop to stellar effect. Ex-Freak Power lead man, Ashley Slater keeps the funk quota at stratospheric levels with some straight-ahead, head- nod vibes on Why Did You Do It. Keeping the ‘Fun’ in the ‘Funk’, hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow drops in halfway through to assist the disco-rap-go go-soul of Wiggle, justifiably recalling memories of proper old school rap from troupes such as The Sugarhill Gang and The Treacherous Three. It’s wonderfully unpretentious, life-affirming music destined to let a little sunshine into even the greyest of existences.




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Booker: Sonia Ordoñez Alcantara
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