No Turning Back

A 13 track soul album (46m 23s) — released July 24th 2015 on Freestyle Records

Having been one of the bands that has spearheaded the resurgence in deep, gritty funk and soul for over 10 years, and having collaborated with luminaries like Eddie Bo, Marva Whitney, Sharon Jones, Billy Wooten, Sir Joe Quarterman and most recently ex James Brown vocalist Martha High, Speedometer enjoy a worldwide reputation as a class act.

And now in 2015, band leader Leigh Gracie and the group bring a welcome spotlight to a fresh vocal talent - James Junior.

James has been part of the UK soul and gospel scene mainly as an in-demand session vocalist and arranger. He has generally stayed of out the limelight until now. Having grown up on a diet of classic soul and Motown, his collaboration with Speedometer on this album brings together the band's heavy grooves with James' rich vocal tones to produce an authentically old school sound - yet totally fresh.

You only have to listen to the album opener Don't Fool Yourself to immediately grasp that this young man's voice is the perfect choice to grace this new Speedometer collection. Likened to a young Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, James has all the perquisite tone, phrasing and soul to make a big impact on a world awoken to genuinely soulful sounds by acts such as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, but is also fully adept to adapt to the varying genres Speedometer specialise in - the latin/bossa nova groove of the title track No Turning Back, the deep, funky afrobeat of Troubled Land and the stomping Northern Soul style track Homebreaker.

James Junior gives the band an extra dimension and purpose but more importantly gives James the spotlight which he deserves. And No Turning Back is just the beginning...

No Turning Back' Playlisted for week commencing July 6th! - Jazz FM

the funky truth.. soulful deep grooves and dance floor funk.. this one going straight in the crate. - DJ Snuff One

Sooooooo irresistible - Francesco Adinolfi Radio2 Rai Italy

the Voice of James Junior is perfect for Speedometer sound! Like it! - Black Mighty Wax

Sounds great! Really intimate sound on some of the songs. A great mix of styles. It wanders through funk, soul, afrobeat, latin, and back, coherently, which is no easy task! - Mr Jason Break Thru radio - NYC

Great new album, probably the best Speedometer album ever! - Renegades Of Jazz

Stunning new album from Speedometer and what a find James Junior is! I'm already in love with the new album. - Ginger Tony Solar Radio

Great set of songs, great singer, great production and as always great musicianship - Quality, Quality, QUALITY - Mike Chadwick Jazz FM/soulandjazz.com

James Junior is going to be big! - Jake Stern TNGC Radio

This is one seriously strong LP! - Dom Servini Wah Wah 45's

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