John Turrell – The Kingmaker



The Kingmaker is the first solo full release from John Turrell, one half of the North East soul collective Smoove & Turrell. The album is quintessentially blues soul, with feelings towards Northern UK working life. The Kingmaker stamps out this blues and soul singers mark of authenticity for vocal talent, and as with the lyrics from his  releases with the DJ Smoove, as one half of “Smoove & Turrell”, the singer does not hold back baring his gritty soul. The album kicks off with “To The City”, a slow blues groover, whom the producers tuneful industrial percussive sounds further providing identity to the singers roots and sets the feeling for the LP. The next track “The Temper” is a organ & percussion led, mid tempo belter which the singer gives us his raw vocal style.  The third track “Wrong Time”, was released as a single  earlier in the Summer, and still sounds good (the remix version by Wrongtom is also worth a nod to). The album then picks up the groove with the songs “Low” and”The Kingmaker”, with tales of the difficulties of making a decent living in this country, and the singers  frustration of the state of British politics. The powerful vocals if  “Day In Day Out” then slow things down again.  On “These Things”, “Eating Stones” and “Chasing Shadows”  his delivery echos influences of Steve Winwood and Paul Weller, whilst on the funky “Stella Maris” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, the Turrell of Smoove and Turrell is easily evident. The album finishes with “Home” a country, soul groover. There is not a duff track on this original, well played and produced, small label release.