Dancing Dimensions: Vinyl LPBELLA1256V
Label: Bella Union
Release Date: 5th August
Ural Thomas with that soul voice and demeanour that needs time to age, you can feel every story he sings and his singing, he's in his 80s but this isn't some rough old weathered voice, it retains a smoothness on the low and a sweetness on the high with a bit of characterful husk. Ural's band The Pain of course deserve some time as they bring together Chicago soul, west coast seabreeze psychedelic soul and a late 60s funk.
For those who dig: Soul, funk, the sound of a life lived and still living well. Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Sly and the Family Stone, James Hunter Six, Swamp Dogg...
Though Ural Thomas is universally recognized as one of the most exciting singers remaining from the original soul era, and an active musical institution for over sixty years, his band, all decades younger, are treated as equals. The Pain are no backing band - but rather a well-oiled tightly-knit musical aggregation that's spent the last eight years with Thomas developing a unique sound of its own. The relationship extends beyond the stage and the studio and the practice room. On a given night you may witness the octogenarian soul journeyman turning up at the club with a crew one-third his age at midnight. If you don't recognize him, he's the sharp-dressed man with the charismatic grin out on the floor cutting a rug long after the young folks went home. This love of life and cross-generational relationship is the essence of Ural Thomas and The Pain.
Despite the usual COVID-19 obstacles, Ural Thomas and The Pain finally completed their much-anticipated third album "Dancing Dimensions." While exploring everything from sweet Chicago soul to airy West Coast psychedelia to Sly funk, their latest collection retains the distinctive sound the band organically developed over years of relentless work. Classic yet unmistakably contemporary at the same time, "Dancing Dimensions" is the most accurate representation of The Pain's unique flavor, power, and musical breadth committed to vinyl thus far.