Lost but not least! D-Influence – No Illusions (Blue Soul Mix) (EastWest)
Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, Young Disciples, The Chimes… As many groups and artists who embodied a new approach of Soul Music in the UK back at the beginning of the nineties. Meanwhile eventually giving birth to the so called Brit-Soul. Kwame Kwaten, Ed Baden-Powell and Steve Martson adding their names to the list as D-Influence. This along with singer, Sarah Ann Webb. With the latter standing as one of the most vibrant voices ever hailing from the country.
As a matter of fact, ‘No Illusions’ tells everything about the incredible musicianship of this combo. And even more this Blue Soul Mix on a midtempo mood. Sounding like briefly borrowing a synth line from Fred Wesley & The JB’s ‘Blow Your Head’ at times. But also blending lush strings, keys along with a flute part adding much to its beauty.
One of the smoothies from their 1992 ‘Good 4 We’ album, ‘No Illusions’ didn’t get the recognition it deserved though. This in comparison with its title cut or ‘Good Lover’.
Now, more than 25 years after its release, the emotion remains the same each time givin’ it a listen. Meanwhile its 12″ package also features a boiling House remix treatment by the likes of Mark Kinchen. Thus makin’ of it quite worth the investment at the end…