The Ray Mann Three – ‘Smile’ (mp3 )
Whoa, now this is funky. Ray Mann, formerly of Sydney soulsters Kid Confucius, has decided to jump ship and focus on his own solo trio, and the results are pretty magnificent. Sounding like D’Angelo being backed by Stevie Ray Vaughn while jamming alongside Prince, his trio’s eponymous debut album is dripping with soul, funk and love – the Barry White kind. The vocal arrangements are beautiful and the song is built on nothing more than a simple, groovy bass line and a bouncy guitar line that cuts like a hot knife. One of the most accomplished acts doing the rounds at the moment. Awesome stuff.