Summer 2020 is certainly not what anyone planned for. The festivals are cancelled, gigs are postponed, venues are closed, fewer people are going on holiday. Many of us would have been spending time with friends listening to music and dancing our cares away. Sadly, that will not be happening this year. However, all is not lost, Summer 2020 has been saved by The Allergies whose latest release ‘Say The Word’ will see the biggest rainbow the world has ever seen shine brightly over us all.
The Allergies have been making music since 2012; Say The Word is their fourth album and my introduction to the Bristol based duo. When you find music this great being a late comer to the party is never a bad thing as if the other releases are even half as good as Say The Word then I can look forward to a lot of fun times ahead. Say The Word is a collection funk, motown, hip hop, soul, dance, jazz, pop and basically any genre of music that you want to throw in the mix.
There are a number of collaborators on the album including Andy Cooper who is on the opening track Hit Me One Time which instantly hooks you in with some delicious beats and vibes. The Cuban Brothers take over vocals on Let Them Know which will guarantee to bring some much needed fun into your life. This track has summer carnival stamped all over it and will leave you with a warm feeling of happiness. Marietta Smith features on a number of tracks including the title track Say the Word where Andy Cooper provides the perfect vocal partner to this passionate soul and motown funk track.
The album delivers on its promise of a good time with each and every track. Take My Love is one of my personal favorites; yes I honestly did jump out of my seat and started dancing round my living room with my seven year old daughter whilst listening to this track. I Just Got That Feeling takes the beat down a notch or two but will still leave you swaying, nodding your head, and stomping your feet. Every Trick In The Book sounds like a lost 90s dance floor filler. If you were ever looking for a track to make you feel 10ft tall, make you want to take the world on and fill your life with confidence then please put on Get Yourself Some, it really will make you feel like nothing is impossible.
I could continue to rave about every track on this album including Hot Sensation featuring Dynamite MC, I’m On It featuring Dr. Syntax and Skundaleic, or Take Me Back featuring Mr. Woodnote all of which are equally amazing. However, my words really can’t do this album justice and hopefully by now you understand just how important Say The Word is going to be for this year and every year in which this world keeps spinning. Say The Word is a party album that makes you feel like life is more than worth living. It will make you jump out of bed in the morning ready to deal with whatever is thrown at you.