Mar 16th, 2018
Having already garnered the support of Afropunk, Wax Poetics, Earmilk and more with the singles revealed thus far in anticipation of her second album “Ruthless Day” dropping on March 30th, Manchester soul dynamo Gizelle Smith is now giving fans another tasty serving from her full-length with two tunes available on new double-sider 45 “Dust” / “Hey Romeo”.
Explosive new funk bomb “Dust” is a stone cold floor filler guaranteed to pack out the clubs and find its way in to every self-respecting DJs 45 bag. The inimitable Ms. Smith announces the track with the catchy refrain “5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Now you’re gone!” over the tightest of grooves as she proceeds to detail the story of a regretful relationship that she wishes had left the metaphorically dusty chambers of her heart, undisturbed. Her emotive delivery, intricate multi layered vocal harmonies and honest lyricism combine effortlessly to create a top-line that’s full of passion and interest over the sublime arrangement.
B-side “Hey Romeo” is a sassy finger-wagging, dance inducing funk number in the same musical vein as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Aretha Franklin and Betty Wright. The frantic bass line leads the way with an angular guitar groove in this uptempo and itchy footed stomper. Multi layered backing vocal harmonies and overblown horn lead lines bring the funk while Gizelle declares she’s going to break the protagonists heart and take it with her. Ice cold!
If it weren’t already obvious from previous singles “Hero“ and “Sweet Memories” / “S.T.A.Y.”, this new 45 leaves no doubt as to what’s in store with full-length “Ruthless Day”, and it’s something the music world has long been hungry for: Miss Gizelle Smith in top form!