Since we posted about it last month, we have been itching to get our hands on the new EP from The Decoders (aka Itai Shapira and Todd Simon). Volume 1 sees the talented duo mining the Music Sales catalogue, hand-picking some classic soul tracks, and re-imagining them with a Lovers Rock twist. Rather than releasing all five tracks as a traditional EP, they have decided to release the project as a series of singles, spaced one month apart. The first release is a cover of Ruby & The Romantics' "Hey There Lonely Boy" (also made famous by Eddie Holman as "Hey There Lonely Girl"), which features one of our favorite voices in soul music right now, Coco O. of Quadron. Rather than a total makeover, The Decoders took the original basic arrangement and added a dub-reggae bounce, which, when combined with Coco's glorious voice, breathes new life into this 48-year-old track. The remainder of the EP --which is excellent by the way -- features contributions from Leon Ware, Sy Smith, Nia Andrews, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson amongst others. Basically this is an essential addition to your collections, so bounce on over to Bandcamp where you can grab the download.
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