Lost but not least! Incognito – Can You Feel Me (Talkin’ Loud)
Lucky me to have been given a 12 promo copy of this masterpiece by Talkin’ Loud head Gilles Peterson. That was back in 1990 when he came to DJ at Paris/Shérazade. A cut taken from the 1991 released ‘Inside Life’ album which marked the group’s return after a 10 year hiatus.
‘Can You Feel Me’ has remained kind of overshadowed though. And most likely by the anthemic ‘Always There’ featuring Jocelyn Brown, although as seducing if not more. From Linda Muriel‘s vibrant vocal performance… To the horn arrangements somehow reminding of Chicago. With the whole over a hypnotic Hammond line and a rumblin’ bassline.
Rated as Acid Jazz back then, although embeddin’ all the ingredients to please both the Funk, Jazz/Funk and eventually House headz! ‘Can You Feel Me’ stands among Incognito‘s best jams to date…
Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul ‘Tubbs’ Williams gave birth to Incognito as an offshot from Light Of The World back in 1979. From then, the group has collaborated with la crème de la crème of an ever boiling British groove scene.
Strangely enough, it took them 10 years to deliver the follow-up to their debut-album – ‘Jazz Funk’ – released back in 1981. But their recognition would be instant with the release of ‘Inside Life’. An album which featured the memorable ‘Always There’, ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Can You Feel It’. But also marked the start of a long relationship with Gilles Peterson‘s label. The latter eventually bringing Incognito‘s repertoire to new audiences with the help of remixers such as Masters At Work, Roger S and Carl Craig among others. This resulting in the rework of gems such as ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘Givin’ It Up’ and ‘Out Of The Storm’.
How to not remember neither of their brilliant participation to the 1994 ‘Stolen moments: Red Hot + Cool’ album issued on GRP? And more precisely of ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’??? One of the best British Jazz/Funk compositions of all time which saw them jamming along with Carleen Anderson and Ramsey Lewis…
Under his own banner, Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick delivered his debut-album – ‘Leap Of Faith’ – in March 2013. There, he brilliantly made the demonstration of his skills as a singer. Meanwhile as a producer, he has collaborated with artists such as Paul Weller and George Benson. Not to mention and Terri Callier and, more recently, Russian singer Olga Makovetskaya.