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Various Artists: New Breed Workin’ - Blues With A Rhythm

Time to roll back the carpet for some serious dancing.

Various Artists: New Breed Workin’ - Blues With A Rhythm album artwork

It’s easy to infuse the blues with an overly reverential and scholarly approach; to buy into the theory that this music is intended purely to document trials and tribulations with a side-order of repression and depression.

This is to ignore the fact that Saturday nights are there for dancing, and this compilation is nothing less than a party in a jewel case. Of particular interest are the recently unearthed tracks from the early 60s that are finally seeing the light of day. The sweet R&B of Big Charley & The Domans’ I Can’t Even Enjoy My Home lifts even the most churlish of feet, while the grooves of Arthur Grant & The Redshoes’ Steamboat will have hands clapping and voices hollering.

It’s the perfect soundtrack to your next house rent party.

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.