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Mr Day – Small Fry review

Artist: Mr Day
Title: Small Fry
Label: Favourite
Genre: Funk/Rare Groove/Reissues
Format: 7″, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

The multi talented Mr Day provides another release on Favourite Recordings with “Small Fry.” Perfectly in tone with label and artist, this soulful release offers the original alongside a disco mix from Patchworks.

Hailing from France, Mr Day has his highly insurable fingers in several pies. He is the singer for both the French jazz combo, Metropolitan Jazz Affair and The Dynamics. He has also featured on highly acclaimed productions by Patchworks, Boozoo Bajou and Mr President not to mention his own electro soul releases on indie label Rotax. Now, Favourite recordings will be unleashing his debut solo album next month and have therefore decided to release “Small Fry” as a taster of the album which goes by the same name.

Displaying his immensely soulful disposition, the track evokes classic 70s soul from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. Its composition is sparse and roomy, each sound is given space to breathe as this easy and enveloping track unfolds with swagger and finesse. Effortlessly suave, “Small Fry” perhaps hints at the kind of pure soul music, dipped in elegance that we can expect from the forth coming full length. It is a beautiful track that also touches on Northern soul and Motown whilst keeping Mr Day’s unique own sound.

Completing the package is fellow Frenchman, Patchworks. The esteemed producer and long time collaborator with Mr Day gives us a fresh and upfront disco-soul remix. More suited to the dancefloor than the original, his remix still retains the warm, vintage style that his production is known for.

Review: Tom Jones