Favourite Worry (Deluxe Edition)
Wah Wah 45s
In November 2014, The Milk joined forces with underground-soul label Wah Wah 45s to tease the first taste of their matured new sound. Having spent months developing a classic-soul sensibility with production don and The Bees mastermind Paul Butler, the band released 100, one-sided white label 7s of 'Deliver Me'. They sold out in just a few hours.
That Christmas, as the band returned to Butler's medieval-barn studio on the Isle of Wight to complete the recording of 'Favourite Worry', interest was quickly growing. Though there were nerves all round about how people would react to their deviation from the pop sensibilities of debut album 'Tales From The Thames Delta', band and label remained faithful that this important collection of songs would be recognized as something truly special.
The music drew strong influences from the likes of Bobby Womack, Isaac Hayes, Bill Withers and the Isley Brothers (you can hear an incredible likeness to Ron Isley in lead singer Rick Nunn's vocals). But more than that, the songwriting was, without doubt, a match for so much of that classic era's legendary output.
By the following Christmas, Favourite Worry had been named one of the BBC Radio 6Music albums of the year, nominated by Fun Lovin' Criminal Huey Morgan. The band had sold out shows at The Dome, Oslo and Scala in London and completed a packed UK tour.
Since then The Milk have gone on to play festivals including Love Supreme and The Funk & Soul Weekender and sold out London's Union Chapel with an exceptional orchestral performance, captured in all it's glory on The Milk Live At The Union Chapel.
To complete this incredible journey for the four-strong soul band from Essex Wah Wah 45s are now releasing the deluxe edition of the album. The package include two previously unreleased tracks from the original recording session, 'I Heard A Shot' and 'My Son The Killer'. These sit alongside b-sides and remixes including Kicking The Smoke, the hugely popular Tall Black Guy Remix of 'Trouble Gonna Bring Me Down and the brand new remix of Deliver Me by Baby Prince.
With these never before heard new tracks to satisfy the die-hard fans, who have followed from the beginning, this new album should also offer more than a little enticement to those who have yet to discover the magic of the band.
Sometimes it takes a few bumps to find the right direction; often it involves experience, guts and self-belief to trust yourself and venture from one to find another. The Milk are a band that believe with utter conviction that they've now found their way.
Elton John, Legend
Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6Music
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