Sep 9th, 2015
The UK’s favorite funk/soul brothers The Haggis Horns prepare to release their long-awaited third album “What Comes To Mind” worldwide on October 2nd 2015. This one drops on their own new independent record label Haggis Records and features a host of special guest artists including vocalists Lucinda Slim (Zap Mama), John McCallum (Corinne Bailey Rae band) and John Turrell (Smoove & Turrell), plus New Mastersounds bass player Pete Shand and UK conga/percussion legend Snowboy.
Leeds-based Haggis Horns first hit the music scene in 1999 as both a band and brass section, the Horns making their first recorded appearance on The New Mastersounds‘ debut album that year. Featuring some of the finest brass and rhythm players in the UK, Haggis Horns musicians have played live and recorded with a host of major artists including Mark Ronson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lou Donaldson, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Martha Reeves, Jamiroquai, John Legend, Cinematic Orchestra, Morcheeba, Roots Manuva, Finley Quaye and Nightmares On Wax.
With five singles on UK independent label First Word Records plus two albums (“Hot Damn!” in 2007 and “Keep On Movin” in 2010), they released their first title on their own Haggis Records in summer 2015, the aptly titled “Return Of The Haggis EP”.
New full-length “What Comes To Mind” is packed full of feelgood funk, soul and boogie that pays homage to the band’s musical heroes of the 1970s – Kool & The Gang, Donald Byrd, The Blackbyrds, The Mizell Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire and of course, the Average White Band. There’s plenty of dancefloor-filling funk for the clubs – “Outta My Head feat. John McCallum”, “It Ain’t What You Got feat. John Turrell”, “Can’t Stop The Feeling feat. Lucinda Slim” – plus jazz funk instrumentals like “Return Of The Haggis” where the band get the chance to stretch out and cut loose on the solo sections. For deep soul heads, check the slower tempo gospel tinged vocal track “Give Me Something Better feat. John McCallum”. British soul past or present doesn’t come much better than this! New label. New album. The Haggis Horns have well and truly returned….