The band’s second studio album, it represents a departure from the constraints of Keb Darge’s Deep Funk scene and demonstrates a broader range of musical styles - funk, souljazz, jazz, soul, jazzy hip-hop…
Without the horns which (excellently) dominated the first album, the core quartet - bass, drums, guitar, organ/piano has a chance to shine and still leave space in the music.
Features guest performances by Corinne Bailey Rae (on Your Love is Mine) and LSK (on Idle Time).
Album was released in 2003, the first CD imprint on the band’s own label One Note Records. The CD is currently available only in Japan from P-Vine Records. Download from all good digital retailers worldwide.
“Amazingly true to the original sound, even where they break from the formulae, they end sounding like the psychedelic soul of ‘Resurrection’. It’s a powerful and wonderful sound, which becomes still richer when Corinne Bailey Rae adds her fantastically earthy voice.”
“The New Mastersounds return with another funk album of classic proportions. Be Yourself sounds like it was recorded live, with its no-messing; let-the-music-speak-for-itself production (as it would’ve been in the 70s). Whether it be the crisp, rolling drums or the intricate guitar work, and not forgetting the Booker-T style Hammond organ, it’s extremely difficult to pin-point a standout instrument or musician. It surely won’t be long before they’re seen up there with the likes of Grant Green and the Meters”