Marta Ren & The Groovelvets
Stop Look Listen
After three years of waiting since her seminal Sister funk hit single 2 Kinds Of Men, Record Kicks finally presents Stop Look Listen the debut album from the new Oporto soul diva Marta Ren & The Groovelvets that will hit the streets 19 February 2016. Anticipated from the first single I'm Not A Regular Woman, which is getting airwaves all over Europe (including BBC 6, Rai Radio 1, LeMouv / Radio France), produced and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by New Max from Portuguese funk combo Expensive Soul and mastered in NYC by Andy Vandette, Stop Look Listen is pure dynamite and follows the best tradition of the Soul Sisters of the 60s. Marta Ren, not surprisingly described as the new Marva Whitney, brilliantly supported by her super tight 8-piece rhythm & soul combo The Groovelvets, serves you 11 tracks of pure fire and takes-no-prisoners. From the floorshakin' opening track Don't Look to the mellow feel-good anthems Smiling Faces, So Long and the afrotastic Be Ma Fela, the Portuguese combo deliver a visceral deep funk album, proving that they're the new 'real deal'.
Marta Ren is not a newcomer as she has been around in the Portuguese scene since the mid 90s lending her deep and powerful voice, amongst others, to break-beat outfit The Bombazines, recording two albums and establishing her unique talent at clubs and festivals all around Portugal. But Marta's passion has always been for the deepest funk and rawest soul of the sixties, and now the time has come for her to show the world her immense talent. With a powerful voice that would make the founding soul sisters proud, Marta Ren is looking to rule the world and make herself a household name. Fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings get on it!
Craig Charles, BBC 6
Wax Poetics US
Paul Osborne, Shindig Magazine
Dj Prestige, Flea Market Funk US
Emrys Baird, Blues & Soul Magazine
Eddie Piller, Acid Jazz Records
Mike Chadwick, Jazz FM
Kev Beadle, Solar Radio
Ennio Styles, 3RRR FM
Aaron Byrd, KCRW