There was a time where I’d ignore recommended artists if their back catalog was more than a few deep. It was almost too overwhelming for me to attempt to collect an older, established band’s records if I wasn’t digging them from their inception or early in their career – do you begin with their debut or pick and choose? LikeI’ve mentioned before, the soul/r&b genre is one I want to simply fall into my lap, where all the legwork has been done for me, and I can begin playing and enjoying the essentials today – instead of spending countless hours, that become days, into solving the mystery of where to even begin. When a recommended soul-stomping act like JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – birthed out of Chicago –comes along with a description like below, I immediately realize maybe I will continue to start with the current ones and go back when time permits.
Brooks erupts with heart and raw emotion, harnessing the Uptown Soundʼs post-punk reimagining of JBʼs moves and MGʼs grooves to unleash pure and uncompromising soul music ranging from sweaty on-the-one workouts, dance-punk booty shakers, garage rock thump humps, and aching R&B ballads without a missed step in between. JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are not just another throwback group; they came to be during an age of war, envisioning an aggressive dance music with lyrics that dig deeper and hit harder than the usual “baby, baby” fare.
From their latest 45 single….
Off last year’s Beat Of Our Own Drum….
And their clap your hands and stomp your feet cover of Wilco’s I Am Trying to Break Your Heart…