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Release Date: 30 October 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Malted Milk & Toni Green Milk & Green Limited Vinyl 2LP Set
Milk & Green - The future of Soul..
Memphis soul diva and former Hi Records star Toni Green and Malted Milk, the grooviest funk combo on the European scene today, join forces on this explosive collaboration. Together, they deliver a staggering album chock-full of bluesy and funky overtones.
Once an active member of the Isaac Hayes traveling show, Memphis-born Toni Green got her start at an early age: "My father was a musician and everybody came to my home to rehearse. The Bar-Kays, the Mad Lads, everyone." After a stint with vocal quartet Imported Moods, she joined the roster of legendary producer Willie Mitchell, alongside Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson on Hi Records.
Toni was thrilled when she was offered the opportunity to work with Malted Milk on this project by producer Sebastian Danchin. "This guy from Europe came to visit me. He'd been wanting to work with me for fifteen years, just waiting for the right moment. First thing I asked him was: 'What took you so long?"
After several months of intense preparation, Milk & Green met in the studio in March 2014. Recording took place over ten days at the Bonison studio, a first rate facility in the French countryside, near Nantes. On the supergroup's agenda was a mix of covers borrowed from people as diverse as southern soul songsmith Tommy Tate, R'n'B diva Mary J. Blige, Philadelphia's own Garnet Mimms, as well as Hi Records luminaries Syl Johnson and Ann Peebles. "We decided to record a version of Ann Peebles's Slipped Tripped and Fell in Love, in order to show where our inspiration came from, says Malted Milk leader and singer Arnaud Fradin. We also wanted to showcase our own work, and half of the album's repertoire are originals written and arranged in the studio with Toni."
The end result reflects Milk & Green's vision of 21st century soul, a funky and bluesy mix that takes the ball rolling way beyond the retro soul sounds that have been the norm for the past few years.
1. Just Call Me
2. I'd Really Like To Know
3. Hold Back This Feeling
4. Deep Inside
5. The Weather Is Still Fine
6. Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
7. I Can Do Bad All By Myself
1. Wake Up To Your Love
2. As Long As I Have You
3. That Wiggle
4. Sexy Love Machine
5. Just Ain't Working Out
6. Party Girl
7. DI Jam