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We take a look at one of the best kept secrets in British R’n’B and Soul.

James Hunter has been creating some great soul-style songs for years and now he’s finally beginning to get the recognition he deserves with the likes of Van Morrison, no less, saying he’s “One of the best kept voices, and best kept secrets, in British R’n’B and Soul!”

This latest set sees him in modern Sam Cooke mode, cooking up numbers that instantly sound like standards – of the highest order. Each one wonderfully arranged – with just the right amount of string, sax and organ backing – and perfectly pitched for his dry yet warm vocals.

This has some good, clean lines laid down by Toe Rag Studios’ Liam Watson. Retro without sounding old, it captures the Hunter vocal rasp with pleasant ease. A modern classic and one that will be getting a good workout on our favourite pieces of hi-fi equipment for years to come.

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