One of the leading Urban/R&B sites in the USA chose “Fire It Up” as one of the best albums of 2011, and said about it: “VenueConnection has topped itself with its biggest pride and joy to date – Fire It Up – which delivers sizzling funk, tasteful slow jams and passionate vocals by Angeles Dorio and Karl Frierson. This offering harkens to jazz funk’s golden era of the late seventies... VenueConnection nails all the groove pockets with sheer precision”
With only six years under their belt, VenueConnection had evolved from an electronic jazz soul trio to a culture-bending funk ensemble on the 2008 follow-up, Madrid Boogie. Three years removed from Madrid Boogie, the VenueConnection members have topped themselves with their biggest pride and joy to date, Fire It Up!, that delivers sizzling funk, tasteful slow jams and passionate vocals by Angeles Dorrio and Karl Frierson.
Fire It Up! from del Aguila and Alvarez’s label, Keepin’ The Groove, beckons Jazz Funk’s golden era, the late ‘70s age of Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen and dozens more. Thanks to the crisp foundations from drummer/percussionist Miguel Cabana and del Aguila’s swift bass guitar lines, VenueConnection nails all the groove pockets with shear precision.
The groove-filled party on Fire It Up! is inviting in every way and is by far the best work from VenueConnection. With this project, VenueConnection has also their place in Spain’s soul/funk market and effectively extended their brand to the rest of the world.
Highly recommended album, one of the best of 2011
By Peggy Oliver – Soultracks [dot] com
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