Never really comfortable with tightly defined and rigid musical pigeonholes, The Fantastics! have always been pushing the boundaries and honing their musical eclecticism. Now the London based outfit return, joining forces with BBE Music for new single ‘Take A Shot’ featuring their outstanding vocalist Sulene Fleming, plus remixes from House music hero Richard Earnshaw.
Taken from the band’s forthcoming third studio album, also titled ‘Take A Shot’, this lead single serves up a bold taste of what’s to come: timeless songwriting, masterful musicianship, powerhouse vocals and a punchy, horn-laden arrangement. Richard Earnshaw’s ‘Little Big’ remix drives the song deep into booty-shaking Disco-House territory, showcasing Sulene’s vocals front and centre over a soul-satisfying groove.
Headed up by organist & pianist, DJ, radio presenter and former Freestyle Records head honcho Greg Boraman, The Fantastics! current line-up comprises bassist Raydn Hunter, drummer James Smith, saxophonist / flautist Mark Norton and new guitarist James Byron alongside immeasurably talented singer Sulene Fleming.
Performances at The Jazz Café and Pizza Express Jazz Club in London plus gigs and festivals across Europe have seen The Fantastics! share the stage with Larry Graham, Reuben Wilson and Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie among other greats since their official formation in 2007. Vocalist Sulene Fleming has recently finished a stint as lead vocalist for The Brand New Heavies, as well as collaborations with Incognito and Leroy Hutson.
All that live performance pedigree is captured brilliantly on ‘Take A Shot’, a warm and detailed recording that documents a tight, well-rehearsed band having fun together and inspiring one another in the studio.
Ten track album ‘Take A Shot’ follows later this year on BBE.