We defy you to keep your feet still and your head from nodding when you listen to ‘Music People’ by Emilio Crixell and Border Soul. The 11 track album is funky and bluesy and a downright bop.
Released in February this year, ‘Music People’ is a gorgeous blend of Latin soul, RnB and the music of South Texas – a curious mix which shouldn’t work but ingeniously does. Opening with the sweet soul-infused vocals of Leeann Atherton on lead track ‘A Face In The Crowd’, and the foot heavy on the wah-wah pedal in ‘It’s Never The Same…and Never Ending’, the listener is never in doubt about what lies ahead in this aural sensation of an album. ‘Live In This World Together’ is all Santana and Doobie Brothers, while fourth track, ‘Oh, Beautiful Day’, again featuring Leeann Atherton, wouldn’t be out of place in a Southern Baptist Church.
‘She Moves You’ takes us straight back to the blues, while title track ‘Music People’ is a Motown style soul anthem.
Track 7, ‘Movimiento’, takes us South Of The Border, with the Tex-Mex vocal stylings of Alex Ruiz and Rick Del Castillo, while ‘Look Up At The Sky’ is blues to the max. Our favourite track however is ‘The Lie’ with its horns and soulful vocals.
‘It’s Alright’ feels like something Fats Domino would have happily sung, while final track, ‘Prende Una Vela’, featuring Rosa Canales Perez, very happily takes us down to the Border again.