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The Fantastics! - Mighty Righteous
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The Fantastics!

Mighty Righteous

Freestyle Records

Released: 26th January 2009 | 11 track funk album
The Fantastics! first began to take shape in 2003 after renowned Hammond freak, writer and broadcaster Greg Boraman departed the ranks of the infamous deep funk outfit The Soul Destroyers (Jazzman Records). Greg filled the empty organ grinders seat in Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours following an on air appeal during BBC 6 Music's Craig Charles Funk Show. Countless rabble rousing gigs, and several successful 45's, (including DJ Formats' favourite 'The Slip') culminated in their much acclaimed debut album '2Lbs of Funk' (Soul Cookers Records) which received a glowing 4 star review in Mojo magazine. Reverend Cleatus found the rigidly defined genres of 'the scene' began to feel more like a straight jacket than a well cut suit. The band decided upon a fresher musical approach. Changing their name to 'The Fantastics!', they re-launched with 'Cheeba's Couch' 45 (on Raw Wax), an aggressive funk assault to highlight a deliberate widening of musical textures and influences. 'Mighty Righteous' looks backwards, forwards and sideways simultaneously. The album includes some searing soulful vocals, the sound of grand piano, double bass, African thumb piano, dub effects, and the scary sounds achieved when attacking a Hammond organ in a frustrated rage on the outrageous punk-funk track 'Soul Sucka!'. From the Jimmy McGriff inspired, Hammond groove of the title track 'Mighty Righteous' - through to the beautiful, genre defying and filmic 'Blue Sunday', the whole album throws off the overbearing obsession of attempting to faithfully recreate specific periods in soul, funk and jazz history and lets each composition evolve in whichever way feels natural in order for it to shine at it's best. The albums 2 collaborations featuring UK soul legend Noel McKoy add something of a contemporary R&B feel. 'Mighty Righteous' is an album that rips up the rule book, and throws 5 decades of hip swinging musical influences into the mix. The album emerges with something fresh and engaging to say - which is precisely what The Fantastics had in mind in the first place...gentleman....your mission is accomplished! ''Thank god for The Fantastics! Not only should you buy their album, go witness them live!'' - DJ Format
"If you like instrumental funk tunes full of horns, heavy bass and Hammond organ, designed to make you get down and shake your booty, you’ll be satisfied with this full-length debut. And if they can persuade Noel McKoy to collaborate on more tracks – or even join the band full-time - then I think The Fantastics! will be even more, er, fantastic."
Black Sheep magazine
"If you’re having a backyard party this summer, this album should be the soundtrack. It’s hot and funky with cool in all the right places. Put it on a great sound system and you’ll think they’re live in concert."
"If you can keep your shoes on while listening to this album, you best check your pulse! It kept the dancefloor so hot mine melted right off. Blue skies ahead for The Fantastics!"
Pierre-Jean Lavigne, CISM 89,3 FM
"could become one of the classic funk/jazz Cd's ever - the groove never stops!"
Marv D, The Urban Music Scene
"Another heavyweight LP from Adrian Gibsons impressive label - this hammond funk four piece are on fire - from 'Messin Around' to 'Deep Funk' this one's gonna tear it up"
Andy Thomas, Shook Magazine
"Great stuff -- and another feather in the cap of modern funk & soul flag wavers at Freestyle Records!"
Dusty Groove America
"If you want to be easily criticized negatively call your band the The Fantastics! BUT, the easiest way to keep things positive is to simply be... fantastic and this band has yet to disappoint"
Primitive Sound System
"It's such a good album!"
Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2
"A truly jazz filled offering with a hint of soulful grooves. This is classic Deep Funk rhymes and beats at its best. You need this big time, absolutely"
Dr Bob Jones, Manifesto
"The Fantastics are set to make waves in the Queen's Country with their debut LP - a perfect groove for on the move"
Wax Poetics magazine