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Incognito

The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 31 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

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“Incognito’s uniquely funky, retro soul sound is so urban that it may have at first seemed odd to call their equally infectious, constantly grooving Heads Up debut Tales From The Beach”till we realize that the beaches Maunick is referring to are those on his native island of Mauritius (off the coast of Madagascar). That’s where he got wind of hotel bands and others playing around bonfires and cookouts; the loose, happy flow of Incognito’s bouncy, horn inflected tunes here completely reflects that wistful reference. While Maunick’s crisp, jangling guitar work, Francis Hylton’s bubbling bass and those old school soul atmospheres and horns inhabit every melody and groove, these tales are told by a shimmering array of sensual R&B singers

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