Posted: May 8, 2021 in MUSIC

The Art-funk collective who started their journey back in 1977. formed in Flixton, Greater Manchester. Back in March 2020, ACR gathered at Oxygene in Salford for an informal weekend of studio time. With no fixed agenda, and no preconceived ideas, the band members Denise Johnson, Tony Quigley, Matthew Steele, Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson and Martin Moscrop – all got together in part to celebrate completing the mix of their first new album in over a decade, ACR Loco.

The sessions that followed are unmistakably ACR: the energy and chemistry of the band evokes the unbridled joy of their live performances and the effortless fusing of the genre that has become their trademark.

ACR: “We’re so happy with the results and the outcome and hopefully this release
gives an insight into how much fun and energy Denise would always bring to a
session when we recorded together.”

This EP will always be a striking and heartbreaking memory of Denise Johnson and her magnificent soul voice, who sadly passed away last year in July. She was only 56. Rest in peace.

ACR about Denise“Denise was on top form and you will hear in places that she
isn’t actually singing words because we hadn’t written all the lyrics yet. At the end of
‘Down and Dirty’ you can hear us cheering in the background as Denise had completed
yet another fantastic vocal take and was laughing and saying ‘I enjoyed that’. We wanted
to keep all her laughter and our response in the track as it has such warmth and it
highlights the real Denise, always laughing and smiling and full of passion.”

ACR are as relevant as back in their Factory days. The band still knows how to fill a dance floor. ACR still has a sassy sonic soul. Have yourself a party. Start with foreplay track ‘Wonderland’, then get steamed-up for the funky-as-hell-stomper ‘Keep It Together’, keep on movin’ and groovin’ with Talking Heads vibe ‘Down And Dirty’ before chilling out to ‘Feel No Fear’. That felt mighty good, right? You betcha.

Taken from the forthcoming release, ACR: EPA, Featuring the everlasting vocals of Denise Johnson

Released May 7th, 2021

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