On February 25th 2008 Reel People present ‘Seven Ways To Wonder’, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Second Guess’. The new longplayer has upped the ante: a heady brew of the many ingredients necessary to concoct an album worthy of a claim to their position within the classic UK soul pantheon.
The album kicks off with ’Alibi’ and introduces new guest vocalist Darien. Coming from Mount Vernon in New York, Darien has emerged from NY’s underground soul scene and is set to wow fans with his stunning tone and warm vocals. With hints of Stevie in his heyday and paying homage to Sergio Mendes, ‘Alibi’ is a wonderful piece of Latin-edged soul which will instil euphoria in even the most jaded of souls.
The legendary Omar comes next with ‘Outta Love’ a Bill Withers-influenced cut with a soca groove. ‘Amazing’ is an updated take on the classic 80s soul vibe, in the vein of Maze or Shalamar and also Reel People’s first hook-up with singers Tony Momrelle & Imaani (Incognito). London favourite Vanessa Freeman returns with ‘Rise & Fly’ and takes you deep into a hypnotic journey that wouldn’t be out of place as a Bond theme tune. Tony Momrelle is then on board again for the classic ‘It Will Be’. With a vocal performance that sends shivers down your spine and a production that would not be out of place on a George Benson record, ‘Perfect Sky’ allows Joy Rose some beautiful space and time on an ideal summers-evening. Taking one of several shifts in style, Mike Patto steps up for ‘Ordinary Man’ which sounds like the lost classic that Hall & Oates or Steely Dan never wrote.
Original singer/songwriter Dyanna Fearon pens the sultry ‘High’, whilst live band member Tasita D’Mour works it out on the uplifting ‘Anything You Want’. Darien returns for a second outing on the uber cool ‘Upside’ and finally ‘Love Is Where You Are’, featuring Tony Momrelle, is reminiscent of a Quincy Jones record from that classic 70s era.