Laura Vane & The Vipertones – Steam
Some funky 7″ magic from those cats at Social Beats comes to us at the end of this month in the form of Steam (b/w Man Of Your Word) by Laura Vane & The Vipertones. A project involving both Dutch and British artists, Laura Vane & The Vipertones consist of Phil Martin, Ton van der Kolk, Diesler and of course songstress Laura Vane, as well as a handful of other talented musicians to back them up.
The A-side, Steam, rides uptempo with a mean melody, funky drum break and comes backed with a slick Rhodes section and some sweet brass stabs. Laura Vane provides the fierce, yet oh so soulful vocals, to pull it all together. Their sound is clearly influenced by the classic funk-soul acts of yester-year, whilst it has been meticulously moulded and crafted in a contemporary fashion to offer a fresh approach with rich, but not overbearing, female vocals. Easily on par with any other modern female-led funk act, LV & The Vipertones deliver a tight dancefloor number to get those feet moving.
Man Of Your Word features on the B-side and it has a fantastic groove throughout. The infectious drum break is engulfed by a deep bassline, whilst the brass dances around the melody freely. The tour de force is the shift in vocals from Laura Vane before the bridge – it takes the track momentarily in a different direction, before the drum break snatches the track back into the groove. It has immense repeat factor and will grow on you like a violent moss in winter. Top funk track that will fill those dance floors to no end.
A solid debut 7″ from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – definitely looking forward to the full LP, which is due out within the next few months. So look out for it!