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Mojo Rising - Feel What You Feel

Feel What You Feel

Mojo Rising

Available from Mojo Rising's merch page.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

This EP, with the core named after one of Jim Morrison's more popular plays on words, is a rock-groove-funk duo with accompanists lending propulsive backing to a jumping set of tunes. Jozsef James is the chief writer, singer, and keyboardist flanked by percussionist Daniel Angelini, the two rolling through a foursome of danceable rhythms catchably based in jazz, MOR, beats, soul, and rock in a refreshing modernist setting.

Add in the Lee Ritenourish Luke Finn on guitar (especially that suh-weeeet solo in She Woke Up to Me) and a bunch of others psycho-cybernetically keyed into the Prince cum Steely Dan cum Crusaders cum Frankie Goes to Hollywood cum Simply Red vibe, and you have a polished disc brimming over with verve. And, don't tell anyone, but James toots a cool harmonica as well. I also catch a bit of Hall & Oates in the guy's singing, with Angelini accenting the sonorities adeptly. More, the boys handled the production end and located a savvy set of hands, Chris Braun, for the engineering.

These cats hail from Australia and are now in SoCal, trying their luck in the glamour capitol of the world. With this CD as a start, that's not a bad move at all. They had half the competition beat before even stepping foot on shore. Now, with one Hermosa Beach, Calif., date already behind 'em, the Whiskey A Go Go will host their second appearance. I know long-established acts that couldn't secure that kind of slate! Thus, all with all, you have a pretty good idea of the quality of this new groove unit; watch for 'em.

Track List:

  • She Woke Up to Me (Jozsef James)
  • Touch (Jozsef James)
  • Walk Away (James / Finn)
  • Maybe in Another Life (Jozsef James)

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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