Lost but not least! Camelle Hinds – Sausolito Calling (Black On Black Records)
“Sausolito Calling” pretty much embodied the ‘Rebirth Of Cool’ mood (from Patrick Forge‘s seminal series of comps of the likes) one could feel on countless UK releases in the mid 90’s.
Ironically, this song first appeared on Japanese label Senshuka Records Ltd back in 1994. Indie label Black On Black Records gave it a UK release a few months later. And it appeared as tHE opening cut to Hinds‘ ‘Soul Degrees’ album on Victor-Japan by the beginning of 2016.
Here we have nothing but a Soul Jazz masterpiece, with Camelle Hinds‘ falsetto tones reaching rare heights along with flautist Roland Sutherland. The whole all in all somehow reminding of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s ‘Fantasy’ although in a mellower vein.
Hailing from London, Camelle Hinds mainly came to recognition as a member of Central Line, along with Steve Salvari, Lipson Francis and Henry Defoe. With Linton Beckles and Jake Le Mesurier joining them soon after, they released their eponymous debut-album back in 1981. An album which featured the memorable ‘Walking Into Sunshine’, standing as their biggest classic ever. They recorded a total of 3 albums but disbanded in August 1984, obviously unable to create a stream of success.
Hinds later formed Hindsight with Henry Defoe. And together they released one album – ‘Days Like This’ – back in 1987 on Virgin. He would eventually play bass with The Style Council before dropping two albums under his own name. The first – ‘Soul Degrees’ on Victor-Japan – including ‘Sausolito Calling’, co-produced with Marcellus Fernandes, in 1996. The second – ‘Vibe Alive’ – coming up 3 years after on UK label Expansion Records.