The strong heavy hitting albums are still coming at us, even this close to Christmas. J Funk (aka Justin Stephenson) is a totally fresh, new artist and brings to us a solid sense of authority and grandeur that belies his youth and relative immediacy onto the scene.
This is great soul music – and out of Europe yet again. America is really getting left behind isn't it? When the quality and quality is like this then who cares? They can keep their Jay-Z and all the rest of the rag-tag and bobtail. I'll keep with the real stuff, thanks.
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This album first came to my attention 6 months ago and was featured here on this website and on my Soul Heaven show. I can't remember for the life of me how I discovered this album, suffice to say that when I listened to it first time round it exceeded my expectations. To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect before I listened to it but I remember being very impressed by it. This guy has talent. He is a young man originating from Melbourne in Australia and he recorded this album in his bedroom in North London (he must have some impressive recording equipment). The first track called "Believe It" has a Kem influence but is brilliant in it's own right and sets the flavour for the rest of the album. The album is mid-tempo and very laid back and it definitely has that very important ingredient of Soul with a capital S. He also has a very good voice and is quite clearly a very talented songwriter and I cannot help but think that all his hard work should be rewarded with worldwide recognition. This is a very classy and sophisticated album with well crafted tracks, truly the work of an artist with that attention to detail. It is refreshing to know that somebody of his age can come up with sophisticated music like this. Help J-Funk to "breakthru" by listening to his debut album on CD Baby and purchasing it today. This album is full of the feel good factor.