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Newcastle’s finest Smoove & Turrell are back with their third studio album Broken Toys. Their rise through the ranks of British soul has been unstoppable, here’s a little recap why:
First album Antique Soul scored some heavy points with singles I Can’t Give You Up, You Don’t Know & Beggarman. The release gained the lads two records of the week on Radio 2 and their first ever-national playlist on 6Music. The original 7” of the northern soul banger I Can’t Give You Up still changes hands for up to £160 on the net. This propelled Smoove & Turrell to playing big stages at festivals such as Glastonbury and Big Chill to name a few, not bad for a then unknown Geordie band.
Any worries about a difficult second album were brushed aside when in 2011 S&T released Eccentric Audio. With Smoove’s timeless production skills and a confident John Turrell at the top of his game both lyrically and vocally, Eccentric Audio saw the boys break through onto national TV & Radio playlists throughout the UK and Europe. Getting two Radio 2 playlists with singles Hard Work and Gabriel and MTV Europe and 3FM rotation on Slow Down.
With the word starting to spread across the pond to America – S&T tracks were used on TV shows, feature films and an ABC network primetime ad campaign, as well as in video games and adverts. KCRW in LA put Hard Work in their coveted Today’s Top Tune slot further exposing the band to west coast tastemakers.
Back on home turf, track Hard Work was used on a national advertising campaign as well as others being used on a host of primetime TV shows such as Match of the Day, Strictly Come Dancing, Splash & Coronation Street opening up Smoove & Turrell to yet a wider audience.
Live performance highlights saw the boys play in venues as varied as the legendary terrace at Space Ibiza, it took them as far a field as Moscow and Dubai, it let them play to the whole of Marseille from the ramparts of a castle and led them to support the one and only Nile Rodgers & Chic.
Now its 2014 and the album is Broken Toys – another jump forward both in terms of production and appeal.
Sparkling pop songs flirt with disco influenced floor stompers in between the blues, jazz, funk & soul the boys are so well known for leading Q magazine to describe the album as “soulful in every sense”.
Hitting the road again with their motley crew of Geordie reprobates – Smoove & Turrell’s 7 piece band tore the place up at their dual album launches at the Jazz Café in London and in their hometown of Newcastle.
Festival highlights for the summer include Kendal Calling, the Great Escape, Bestival and 6Music’s homecoming gig for long time S&T supporter Craig Charles in Liverpool alongside the legendary Lee Fields.
Having been picked by the BPI as one of a handful of UK acts worth supporting with funding for their export potential, the band kick off a European tour in October with dates in Germany Holland and Belgium before heading further afield.