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by The New Mastersounds

Heavy funk, soul jazz, rare groove, psychedelic rock
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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1. 102%
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3:01 album only
2. Witness
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5:25 album only
3. Carrot Juice
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6:02 album only
4. Thirty Three
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3:15 album only
5. Colorado Sun (Jesse's Backyard)
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4:33 album only
6. Give Me a Minute (pt2)
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3:20 album only
7. Rope-a-Dope
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2:13 album only
8. Hey Fela!
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5:27 album only
9. Bus Stop no. 5
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3:16 album only
10. Return to Gijón
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3:21 album only
11. Forgiveness
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3:13 album only
12. Talk is Cheap
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13. L.A. Root Down (dub side of the pier)
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14. Paranoid (is it any wonder?)
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Album Notes
Bristling heavy funk with abundant shades of afrobeat, soul jazz, boogaloo, and distorted rock color, 102% is the fifth full length album/cd effort by Britain’s most dangerous funk quartet The New Mastersounds. On the heels of their acclaimed 3rd studio album This Is What We Do and several tours of the US and Europe in 2005, the band was convinced a live offering was due and released Live at La Cova in early 2006.
Continuing to make appearances at US festivals and on the funk-jamband club circuit into 2006 - including Langerado Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and South By Southwest - on stage the band began stretching out, adding new twists and bops to many of the old favorites, and new dimensions to the interplay and groove development.
The New Mastersounds were now pulling off three hour sets, mixing up infectious funk originals with their own arrangements of the soul-jazz classics, keeping the crowds dancing and attracting sit-ins by members of Phish and the Greyboy Allstars, as well as Karl Denson, Bryan Jordan (KDTU), Stanton Moore (Galactic) George Porter Jr (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Neville Brothers) and Papa Mali. Towards the end of 2006 the band returned to the studio to complete their fifth full length effort, from which the 7" 45rpm single “Talk is Cheap/Thirty Three” was released in November, to the delight of the DJ's and vinyl junkies.
Led by guitar virtuoso Eddie Roberts, this telepathically tight quartet features plenty of Hammond grooves by B3 burner Bob Birch, with phat and heavy bass and drums courtesy of messers Pete Shand and Simon Allen respectively. Guest Rob Lavers on saxophone and flute adds the fifth flavor to several already toxic numbers. 102% is guaranteed to satisfy old fans and recruit plenty of new followers of funk and soul jazz, with a broad spectrum of pure vintage sounds and original hooks & grooves that just keep getting better and better! 102% will be a surefire hit with all their fans past and present - an impressive list that includes Keb Darge, Kenny Dope, Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay, DJ Shadow, Snowboy, Quantic, Richard Searling and many more groove-lovers across the globe.

REVIEW: Brian Ferdman - February 2007:

The New Mastersounds – 102%
3 on the B Records 3BRCD005

The New Mastersounds are four chaps with some serious funk chops. Hailing from Leeds in the UK, they revel in the soulful music that has long been all the rage in Northern England. Having rightfully gained a reputation for out-Metering The Meters, their latest effort, 102% is another retro-fueled funkathon that sees the band expanding its range into previously unexplored territory.

Of course, funk is still the bread and butter of this band, and 102% delivers a heavy diet of it. A serious groove is laid down in "33 (A Fine Year to Die)," with Bob Birch dropping in the perfect accents on his bubbling Hammond B-3. Pete Shand's nimble bassline locks in perfectly with Eddie Roberts’ greasy guitar to give "Give Me a Minute (Pt 2)" the nastiness it needs. And the title track delivers the killer Meters-like strut we’ve come to expect from The New Mastersounds. Similar sentiments are also echoed by the deep pocket of “Return to Gíjón,” which relies heavily upon Simon Allen’s pulsating backbeat to create an intoxicating rhythm that will have hips grinding and appendages flailing.

Not content to stay stuck in the funk zone, 102% dips its toes into a couple of other related pools. On the prime souljazz of "Carrot Juice," Roberts' ripping guitar would make Grant Green, Jr. blush, while Shand's nimble bass and Allen's superkinetic drums combine for a rock solid rhythm section. Toss in some hyperactive organ from Birch and you got yourself one of the best tracks on the album. The dance party continues with hip-shaking aplomb on “Talk Is Cheap,” a jazzy number that employs some excellent breakbeats and cool sax solos from guest Rob Lavers. Afrobeat filtered through a lens of Curtis Mayfield is on the docket as “Hey Fela!” pays tribute to Fela Kuti while sounding as if the tune belonged on the soundtrack to a 1970s blaxploitation film. The album concludes with two space-age, trippy numbers, “L.A. Root Down (Dub Side of The Pier)” and “Paranoid (Is It Any Wonder?)” The former is a chilled-out bopper that features Birch experimenting with off-kilter effects and figures on his Fender Rhodes, and the latter is an intense head-spinner that swirls with washes and plenty of weirdness.

Most of the tracks on 102% are upbeat cuts with very danceable grooves, making this an excellent party album. Even the more experimental songs still have a familiar and addictive beat, and it’s on these numbers that The New Mastersounds set themselves apart from other bands. While many would be content to crank out discs full of mere retrofunk, The New Mastersounds are not interested in re-creating the past; rather they are taking vintage sounds and attitudes and merging them with modern ideas. The result is an addictive blend that has one foot in the past, one foot in the present, and both eyes on the future.
(Brian Ferdman - - February 2007)


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This is a new great cd from The New Mastersouns! 102% has a cool sound with many great tunes. it really kikcs ass! go buy! :)

Andreas Koch

This CD make me happy. Very nicely.


So groovy !
Excellent, between the Meters ans the JB's, it make's you feel good. So great !

Andreas Koch

Excellent CD, please further thus CD baby.


Nice Sound
This CD has great quality sound, great music, a nice change from the usual stuff we listeners are forced to hear on the radio! This is a great CD!

W.Q. Cunneyworth

Best buy guys!
This is the best album from the NMS to date. 102% is smashing on the hi-fi. Rod Lavers does the flute and Sax on a few tracks. This just adds depth,volume and spice to the British Gents! Great sound and minimal production costs i reckon? The lads take the winers share of the purse!

Buster Wong 656

High Octane Fumes
This is sonic thrusting missile powered stuff! Ryhthmic organic vibes without the odious fluff. This is more edgy and louder than their previous stuff. These British fellas bring a cornucopia of awesomeness to the Party! Probably the best new funk available right from London, UK to you. Eddie Roberts,not surprisingly, delivers once again...with more stellar writing. Combined that with the appearance of Rod Lavers on Sax & flute. I only would appreciate having more Saxaphone and flute contributions throughout. However; just getting Rod Lavers on the disc is a wee bit of Koo!!

Mark Davenport

Somethin' Smells REAL Funky!!
This is truly one of the funkiest sets I've heard in a long time. This takes me back to the days of Fred Wesley and the JBs. Keep on servin' up the funk!