Malted Milk & Toni Green: Milk & Green

From Memphis to Nantes – an irresistible soul summit.

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From the slinky, Clavinet-peppered opener Just Call Me, you know you’re in good hands here. Memphis singer Toni Green has a rich heritage, from working with legendary producer Willie Mitchell to touring with Isaac Hayes’ travelling show.

Producer Sebastian Danchin recently hooked her up with vocalist/guitarist Arnaud Fradin’s seasoned Nantes-based group Malted Milk, and their smoothly produced, real-deal concoction goes down a treat. Clipped rhythm guitars, Wurlitzer organ and first-class brass are driven by Richard Housset’s notably solid drumming. Green oozes authenticity: nestled amid the original tunes are Tommy Tate’s* I’d Really Like To Know* and the Ann Peebles staple Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love. Fradin’s snappy lead guitar lines and Al Green-imbued falsetto are truly soulful. It’s when the two step up together, as on Hold Back This Feeling and As Long As I Have You, that the sparks really fly.

Grant Moon

A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Prog, Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.