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Colonel Red - Blue Eye Blak
Since 2004, Colonel Red has collaborated with some of the brightest lights of the future soul movement, including Domu, Gerd, and the Flowriders.  After several delays, Blue Eye Blak is the former Nick Romillie's bid for solo glory. 

A blend of previously released singles and new joints, Blue Eyed Blak showcases Red in top form, his soulful, emotive leads over the funky and complex production characteristic of the Co-Op crew. Consider him the male counterpart to Vanessa Freeman, in terms of being a first-call vocalist for the broken beat set.

Like most broken beat, the lyrics tend to be simple yet meaningful. Case in point is the autobiographical title cut with Rasiyah, on which he espouses his life philosophy of self-definition. He really pours his soul into the performance, making it perhaps the most effective cut. Similar sentiments can be found in "Sanctify" and "Everyday People." 

What sets Blue Eye Blak apart from other broken beat offerings is its emphasis on instrumentation.  The now-classic "Gotta Be A Place For Us" is an organic monster, takes the album to its improvisational peak, organ, sax, live drums and ad-libs combining for a free-wheleing 8-minute jam. "Movin' On" is a remake of the Brass Construction classic that retains the spirit of the original while giving it a new rhythmic twist. "Meet Me In the Middle" has some nice interplay between keyboards, percussion and guitar while Colonel contributes more quirky freestyles.

Blue Eye Blak is an excellent debut that more than delivers on Colonel Red's promise.  

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Released on People (UK)

 

Selected Tracks:

Meet Me In The Middle
Sanctify
Gotta Be A Place For Us
Blue Eye Blak

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