Lost but not least! RSL – The Mast (Love Will Be Strong) (Players)
Like it or not, there’s nothing like live performers jammin’ together whenever they come to redefine their common language – music – and put it to the next level…
This is therefore what has made Britain so unique along with time. This with bands such as Incognito, Brand New Heavies and James Taylor Quartet. If not Down To The Bone, The Haggis Horns or Typesun to name but a few. Which is exacty where are to be found RSL. A collective of musicians and singers which Martin Almond (Keyboards), Joe Botham (guitar) and Chas Morrison (drums) put together back in 2004.
Some of you might remember them for ‘Wesley Music’. A cut which US label Giant Step put out back then with a Reedit by the likes of Danny Krivit. Although I would tend to think RSL reached their absolute peak with ‘The Mast’.
I was obviously not the only one in this case. With Joey Negro eventually givin’ it a worth the check alternative remix. A monsterjam whose concept serves as the ideal environment to both the uplifting theme of this song and its sultry interpretation courtesy of Julie E Gordon on vocals.
As you may guess, ‘The Mast’ most likely stands among the highlights of RSL‘s 2005 ‘Every Preston Guild’ album. Somehow reminding of famous Brazilian band Azymuth. Don’t You think?
RSL are a three-man (Chas, Martin and Joe) instrumental production outfit from the depths of Lancashire. They happen to write amazing, life-changing songs. Then, with a nine-piece band, they come to perform them live to devastating effect.
As a matter of fact, RSL bring together a unique and energetic mix of both new and traditional influences. Thus creating funked-up Latin-Jazz sounds mixed with turntablism, breaks and sweeping cinematic atmospherics.
RSL first came to our attention back in 2001 while sharing the bill with The Collectables and DJ Ole on the ‘Subtub EP’. Eventually repeating the same process the year after, although only with DJ Ole on…’The Split EP’. The serious things comin’ up the year after with the addition of live elements and the release of ‘Wesley Music’ which Giant Step eventually licensed Sateside. This while commissioning Danny Krivit to do a Reedit of it.
‘Every Preston Guild’, their only album to date, bringin’ brings together three of their singles… ‘The Magic Of Spain’, ‘Wesley Music’ and ‘The Mast’ in addition to seven extra cuts back in 2005.
Strangely enough and despite their obvious talent, RSL soon after disappeared from the radars…