Meet Me On The Corner is taken from the band’s sophomore album, Orange Whip, which itself was BBC 6Music’s Album of The Day on its release. It follows previous singles Whatever You Do and Sinner, which garnered support from Craig Charles, Tom Ravenscroft and Huey Morgan. The song showcases Honeyfeet at their funkiest and chunkiest. A pounding beat beefed up by bass, guitar and brass propels forward while Ríoghnach Connolly sings lyrics that could be straight out of the playground, but suggest something deeper, possibly mystical even, in its demands for a dalliance on the street.
Remixes on this more foot friendly single come courtesy of homegrown legends of funky house music, Crazy P who come through with both a vocal and dub version. Honeyfeet’s latest opus is turned into a straight up soulful disco monster by the boys from Nottingham, with Rioghnach’s rasping vocals playfully meandering over Hot Toddy and Ron Basejam’s crisp beats and trademark live bass. Elsewhere, much hyped Russian production don, I Gemin, delivers his take – still aimed at the dance floor of course, but a slightly deeper house affair based around jazzy keys and chopped up vocals that take the song into more sonorous territories.
As a bonus, the 12” package also features the acclaimed remix of previous single, Sinner, courtesy of erstwhile Polish Innocent Sorceror, Envee – his shuffling, moody take only previously being available on vinyl via a super limited (and now impossible to find) 7-inch release late last year.
For the last couple of years Honeyfeet (whose name comes from a line in the Blues Brothers film) have been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. This genre-defying band incorporate styles including jazz, folk and hip hop into their music.
The band are fronted by Ríoghnach Connolly – also known for her work with Real World artists Afro Celt Sound System and The Breath – “a remarkable singer and flautist who…can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul” (The Guardian). The line up is completed by Rik Warren (vocals/harmonica), Gus Fairbairn (tenor sax), Biff Roxby (trombone/vocals), Ellis Davies (guitar), Lorien Edwards (bass guitar), John Ellis (keyboards) and David Schlechtriemen (drums).
Since their self-released debut album, 2013’s It’s a Good Job I Love You, keyboardist John Ellis jumped on board as full-time member, bringing his unique musical presence. This enabled the development of a more texturally adventurous style, as witnessed with the dual atonal solo between himself and guitarist Ellis Davies on Sinner. Similarly, for their current LP, Orange Whip, engineer, bassist and spiritual guide Lorien Edwards makes his Honeyfeet recording debut, so completing the “kitchen” of this very special band.
“Loving the Crazy P remix” Jon Brent, The Full Spectrum Radio Show / www.duskdubs.com
“Grooving along nicely. Perfect summer vibe. The remix adds a very special touch to the original and lifts it up onto the next level. Well done.” Oliver Korthals,
Mojo Club + Out Of Spectrum @www.byte.fm / www.mojo.de
“Much tastiness here!” Jamie Renton, fRoots Chilli Fried/Shout Collective (London, United Kingdom)
“Mad! Crazy P jam is a joint!” Andrea Mi Controradio _italy
“Great EP” Robert Lochmann Radio X,Frankfurt; soulsender.de
“Nice work, I like it very much!!! Thanks” Timos, Reverb Nation (Greece)
“SWEET! Loving that sound particularly from Crazy Penis. Unfortunately the side bar isn’t working so don’t know if there is more below the Crazy P vocal mix…but I’ve heard enough. Will be playing it this very evening at Port Eliot Festival.” Jelly Jazz club nights / Rambunctious Social Club/ Southwest UK / www.jellyjazz.com
“Crazy P remix is big!” George Higham Shades Recordings / www.shadesrecs.com
“Love this …. it’s a come back tune – again and again …. playing it as soon as I can loving the remixes – especially I Gemin thank you as always” Debbie G, Resonance 104.4FM / Wycombe Sound London/High Wycombe / www.outerglobe.co.uk www.resonancefm.com
“Loving the Crazy P remix!” Chris, The Airwaves Of Portsea Island / www.hermapuma.com
“An excellent track and I’m spoilt for choice which to play as there are some excellent mixes” Lamp, Coalition, The Hub, Radio Reverb, Coastway Radio, Brighton
“I like this project very much, I Gemin remix for the dancefloor =) Will play tonight at Casper Budva <3 Love Wah Wah 45 Records” Corrado Bucci, Brescia
“Loving those Crazy P remixes, especially the vocal remix, overall a killer package, looking forward to airing on my radio show!!” Alan, Multi Storey Soul Radio Show, RTE Pulse (Dublin, Ireland)
“Love that groove!” DJ Osric, RTRFM, Perth, Western Australia
“Solid.” Lorenzo, Jockey Club Ibiza, Tiburon Formentera, Royal Plastic Radio Show Ibiza, Lust & Leben Magazin
“Awesome!!” Veronique, Radio Krim (Paris, France)
“Nice mixes!” Jason Deckstatic, No.8, XL, Space Ibiza NYC, 1 Oak Southampton, Boujis (London)
“Sweet!” Mathieu Schreyer KCRW (Los Angeles, United States)
“Nice one again!” Olivier Cavaller, Perpignan / www.delabonnemusique.com
“Nice reworks by I Gemin and Crazy P! My favourites here: original mix and the I Gemin remix.” Sven Thomschke, Radio Z 95.8 (Nurenberg, Germany)
“Interesting set of mixes!” Danny Slade,
Herald Radio/ Herald Dance TV / Club Oxygen , Swansea / logic, Swansea / Laser Station, / Zone Magazine (South Wales)