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The Fantastics! - Somewhere Finally (feat. Sulene Fleming)
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The Fantastics!

Somewhere Finally (feat. Sulene Fleming)

Freestyle Records

Released: 27th June 2011 | 3 track neo-soul single
Never really comfortable with tightly defined and rigid musical pigeon holes, The Fantastics! have always been pushing the boundaries and honing their musical eclecticism since before their first Freestyle releases back in 2008. As a primer for their second Freestyle long player 'All The People' (FSRCD/LP091) which will see release August 2011, the band present this brand new three track 12 inch single which only hints at the incredible range of sounds, genres and styles that they forge into their own particular and highly individualistic approach that looks backwards, forwards and up and down at the same time..

Teaming up with stunning vocalist Sulene Fleming, on the recommendation of DJ, promotor and all round musical guru Lubi Jovanovich, the band set to writing with Sulene (who first came to attention on The New Mastersounds first album, with the funk club banger 'Turn This Thing Around') and the results speak for themselves!

'Somewhere Finally' is a concise, catchy and beautiful summer love song, that's dripping with deep soul, horn hook lines, Sulenes' soaring vocals and a shimmering vibe that has already seen this track become a highlight of The Fantastics! live shows, and will without doubt become the soundtrack to many peoples lives over the summer of this year.

'Up Yours' lets the band invoke the feel of, at first, something akin to a gritty N'Orleans groove, that then after a short breather launches itself at your ears with a gumbo style 'second line' audio assualt where Dr Lonnie Smith style organ riffs fight with multiple horns, percussion and almost certainly a kitchen sink, on a toe tapping, hand clapping, leg breaking blues buster which is not on the forthcoming album and it is totally exclusive to this single!

And on the flip side of this varied platter comes 'Mushroom Strut' which provided the band the opportunity to blend together their favourite influences into something that defies classification: is it disco, soul-jazz, fusion or organ funk? Well - it's all that and more..and just like the album it's taken from - this busts wide open the rigidly defined and often claustrophobic boundaries some people would prefer music to be trapped in. That approach is not for The Fantastics!
"Mushroom Strut! Proper jazz funk, the perfect sound of a summer Sunday in the park!"
Ace/Blue Note, Dean Rudland
"My 'One To Watch' next week!"
Jazz FM, Gary King
"With all this soul you are spoiling us"
Glastonbury FM, Ian Lythaby
"These mouth watering tracks have the ability to make all parts move on!!"
WSUM 91.7fm, MisterG
"A nice chilled out track with outstanding vocals from Sulene Fleming!"
Ketch A Vibe, Aja
"You had me at the 2nd line drums of Up Yours and then the KO punch was 'Mushroom Strut! Nice work lads."
Wtnr, T-Bird
"They are keeping the real soul alive!!"
Jazz 91.9fm WCLK, Jamal Ahmad
"A complete melange of styles and flavours on this 3 track EP, but they hold together perfectly. Bring on the album!"
DJ Richie Vegas
"this is beautiful! nuff said... A+"
Radio Corax 95.9fm, Mark Milz
"A timeless release from The Fantastics! which could easily have been written several decades ago. This EP is a wonderful soundclash of classic styles, with superb instrumental work combining with flawless production to offer something for both the lovers and the dancefloor. Full support!"
WIRED @ Shoreditch House, Ben Cox
"simply beautiful!"
Uptown Strut magazine, Thomas Berghaus
"The Fantastics have relanded in our ears just in time to take off into superstardom!"
The Right Side Of Funky, Matt Grant
"In this world of rhythms and electronic banging stuff its nice to breathe a little with this song."
DJ Alex Attias
"Very good sound production & soul feeling deep in the good vibes"
dj paikan
"Perfect grooves for that summertime vibes", Junior
"Good slices of harmonic funk for the summertime!"
Urban Landscapes, Velanche
"I was waiting a song like this for Summer!! Absolutely perfect..the voice, the music, the words. Thanks to Fantastics! and Sulene Fleming for this masterpiece!"
Gru Radio, Black Mighty Wax
"Great song & beautiful video", Di Lee
"Splendid vocals!!"
Carleen Anderson
"Mushroom strut will work on any discerning dancefloor, whereas Somewhere...finally is a great track for those who need a dose of soul rather than fast bpms to enjoy music"
Nu Spirit FM, DJ Kinet
Demus Productions, Simon Hodge
"An absolute scorcher. Described as a beautiful summer love song that is dripping with deep soul and horn hook lines, this track is ready for the summer. Brilliant."
The Soul Show BBC South, Paul Miller
"3 killer tracks and 'Up Yours' is the bomb!"
Basic Soul Radio, Simon Harrison
"Its nice to hear some range from a current funk/jazz band. Digging the laidback vibe on Mushroom Strut the most out of this 12!"
WDCE 90.1 FM, DJ Mordecai
"The fantastic Fantastics delivering the goods!"
RTE Radio Ireland, Tom Lowe
"That IS fantastic..a really good sound!"
BBC London 94.9 FM, Roberts Elms
"The Fantastics! are joyful. And marrying them with Sulene Fleming seems a great combination!"
Magia Negra Radio Show, Joao Gaspar