Incognito

The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 39 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1979 and celebrating 31 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2010. From an early age, the UK live scene was a key inspiration for Bluey, having moved to London from his native Mauritius aged ten. Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, of course, Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang. But the real link to Incognito was UK bands like Gonzalez and FBI. These were people that lived in your town and walked your streets. ******************************* My first band was New Life with David Grant of LYNX, he remembers, his cousin Joe Williams later managed Light Of The World. I worked in his record shop in Tottenham and we would rehearse upstairs. Some of the future Light Of The World musicians band would pop in to jam. I switched from bass to guitar when Paul 'Tubbs' Williams came in, he was only 14 and blew everyones minds. Spawning a new band, the name Tower Block was changed to the more uplifting Light Of The World and, in 1978, Chris Hills Ensign imprint promptly signed them

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Their 17th studio album, 'In Search of Better Days', will have Incognito fans grinning ear to ear and will be released on June 24th, 2016 on earMUSIC. The fresh, uncompromising, soulful, Jazz-Funk-laden songs and instrumentals that are the bones of Incognito continue to shine through... and there is more. The sound of Bluey’s London for over three and a half decades weaves its way throughout this album and gives it flesh, with splashes of Drum & Bass and Broken Beats, Rare Groove, Deep Soulful House, and even influences from the Rock and Blues that were at the heart of the UK scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s

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