Ahead of their highly anticipated show for Radio 2 in Hyde Park this weekend, Simply Red today release their stellar new track ‘BadBootz’, taken from their 12th studio album, ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’, which will be released on November 8th on BMG.
‘BadBootz’ oozes funk and soul. The combination of a tantalising guitar riff, Mick Hucknall’s iconic vocal, and a roaring brass section, it’s a song guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet and have a boogie. In keeping with the catchy call and response on the track, Mick commented: “I just love those Funky Bootz!”
Listen to ‘BadBootz’ – BELOW:
Recorded in London at British Grove Studios, all ten tracks of ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ were written by Mick Hucknall and produced by long-time collaborator Andy Wright. He’s got blue eyes and a soulful voice, and it’s Hucknall’s remarkable voice that takes centre stage on this record. “I wanted to push my voice a little harder, challenge it a little bit, give myself something to really sing to.”
The results are simply sensational. Recorded as live, with few overdubs, ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’ drew on inspiration from classic funk and soul: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Tower of Power. Simply Red has over a billion hits on YouTube, and have sold over 60 million albums since forming over thirty years ago. Holding back the years indeed.
“At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age,” Mick Hucknall admits. “But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time.”
And that’s exactly what you get throughout ‘Blue-Eyed Soul’, satisfaction guaranteed.