Men of North Country (MONC) emerged from Tel Aviv’s soul scene, bringing with them a fresh approach to creating the perfect three-minute soul nugget. The band started by chance, when soul DJ Yashiv Cohen was overheard singing along to the tunes he was playing at one of his Tel Aviv Soul Club parties. With the encouragement and eventual collaboration of his musician friends they formed Israel’s finest soul outfit. And whilst managing to stay true to their beloved 60’s Soul they also introduce a contemporary, fresh and personal twist.
UK based label ACID JAZZ RECORDS released two singles and a full-length album. All three releases garnered glowing reviews (including a warm recommendation from London’s Metro and a 5-star review in Germany’s Dynamite magazine).
Their releases are filled with memorable melodies, infectious hooks and refreshingly honest lyrics, which portray the band’s love of a genre in which they truly excel. Influences worn with pride: The Teardrop Explodes, Style Council and Dexy’s, but with an approving nod towards their 60’s favourites: Al Wilson, Robert Parker and Gloria Jones.
The releases were met with excitement all over Europe’s mod and soul scene and were followed by two successful tours in Germany. On the second one, the CopaseDisques label saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands, and put all seven lads in the all-analogue Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Studios in Hamburg, to record 4 new songs.
What you’ll hear on this double 7″ are three self-penned Soul smashers and a soulful cover of The Who’s “The Seeker”. Brace yourself for your next favourite turntable spin and don’t miss the boys on their third European tour (April 2014), or their forthcoming second full-length album on Acid Jazz Records, to be released later this year. May the North be with you!
From the media:
“Our compass is pointing north, and it’s far from grim”, London’s Metro.
“Not a duff track on it… one of the top three long players of 2012”, Sussed magazine.
“5 Stars”, Dynamite magazine.
“Told you these guys got soul”, Diffuser.
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