• james hunter six I Don't Wanna Be Without You / I Got Eyes (7", £6.25)

    label: Daptone

    Here come The James Hunter Six! Serving yet another delicious dish of what you wish with the premier single off their LP, Whatever It Takes. And I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if James hasn’t delivered two of his most compelling sides to date on this one. “I Don’t Wanna Be Without You” is a graduate level course in the Three R’s of R&B: Rhythm, Rhyme and Romance. A sultry rumba sets the mood, as Hunter swaggers in – donning his finest voice like a crisp tuxedo, complete with ruffled vibrato and rhyming cuff-links – and proceeds to lay on an absolute heart-stealin‘, deal-sealin’, panty-peelin‘ gem. On the flip, “I Got Eyes” loosens the collar and brings the metro- nome mark up a few clicks for a punchy tightened-up workout, edged-up with vibes and street corner backgrounds. Bring your talcum powder and a change of clothes cause it’s another jaw-droppin’ showstopper by that finger-poppin’ pond-hopper, James Hunter.

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