Orange Whip Unleashed
Honeyfeet’s new album Orange Whip has been released for the whole world to hear on March 30th, and named BBC 6 Music’s ‘Album of The Day’ on the 3rd of April. The outfit, who have received praise from the likes of The Guardian, will have a track from the album played on each daytime show, by Shaun Keaveny, Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe and Maconie, and Steve Lamacq.
For the last couple of years the Honeyfeet 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. Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense.
Diversity is Key
Opening with recent single Sinner (which received radio play from the likes of 6 Music and BBC Manchester), which showcases Ríoghnach’s extraordinary agile and emotive voice, the album moves with dizzying swagger on songs covering a wide range of subjects. Quickball tells the story of being so infatuated with someone you want to eat them, while Whatever You Do addresses the fear-mongering of the press over folk-hop and oom-pah, and Demons deals with love and redemption on a blast of harmonica-driven country, sung by Rik Warren.
Rik also takes lead vocal on a re-working of Robert Johnson’s Love in Vain, a song showing Honeyfeet’s more reflective side, his Skip James-esque drawl bringing an eerie quality to the lyrics about a doomed relationship. The band reshape the progression too, swinging the tune slowly and creating a little underground blues club in the midst of the recording.
Elsewhere the band go all New Orleanian on Colonel Hathi’s Trunk Juice, a sinister tale inspired by trombonist Biff Roxby’s horn riff recalling one of the elephants of The Jungle Book. Further showcasing their virtuosity, on one of the album’s best moments – especially the nuanced vocal performance by Ríoghnach, who was raised on Irish folk – on Hunt and Gather the band do their own take on prog-folk, with a flute and cello melody running alongside a brass counterpoint.
Ríoghnach turns in another incredible vocal on the album’s final track – future single Meet Me On The Corner. With a pounding beat, it is one of the album’s main highlights. Guitar and brass propels Ríoghnach to sing lyrics that could be straight out of the playground, but suggest something deeper, possibly mystical even, in it’s demands for a dalliance on the street. It closes the album on a high note, for a band who have that rare ability to distil all their disparate influences, while always sounding like their unique selves.
Orange Whip heralds the sound of a remarkable band going overground.
“That’s really good… absolutely super” Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6Music
“Reminds me of the first time I heard Amy Winehouse with the Dap Kings” Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6Music
“Such a great album, one of my faves of the year so far!” Bern Leckie, Chill Radio
“I love this band. I loved DJing for them at Rich Mix on NYE. I love this album.“ Jamie Renton, fRoots / Chilli Fried / Shout Collective (United Kingdom)
“What another great signing for Wah Wah 45s, ‘Honeyfeet’ are an exceptional multi-talented outfit, big fan of Rioghnach’s voice, I can certainly hear that folk/celtic influence, looking forward to sharing this album on the show!!” Alan, Multi Storey Soul Radio Show, RTE Pulse (Dublin, Ireland)
“Super production on all cuts and it’s the deeper ‘n’ bluesy tracks that make me smile. Quality all the way!” Bob Jones, Mi-Soul Radio (United Kingdom)
“Sinner is already on HOT rotation!” Ted, Radio Active FM (Greece)
“Quality! Looking forward to to working with this.” Jim Wood, 8Track Music
“Great mix of old style blues, jazz & soul, perfect forÂ music playlisting purposes.”Oli, C-Burn Office (United Kingdom)
“All lovely Grooves…Thank You!” Barry Burns, Deben Radio CIC, Laid Back Radio (Brussels, Belgium)
“Beautiful!” Julien Donaz, Radio RTU Le Grand Mix (France)
“Nice tracks, thanks!!!” Timos, Reverb Nation (Greece)
“Nice!” Hector Pizarro, Vallee FM (France)
“Great album! Bravo :)” Clèment, Plum FM (France)
“Good stuff. Will support!” Weird Pigs / Compost Records
“Sounds good. Cinematic. Looking forward to hearing theÂ whole thing.”Phil Gray, KPSU Radio (Portland, USA)
“Some great stuff on this LP. Fonkee!” Alex Attias, Radio Couleur 3 (Switzerland)
“Rioghnach’s voice is amazing. Sinner single was great,Â the album is successful!” Veronique, Radio Krim (Paris, France)
“Not really my bag, but do love ‘Hunt and Gather’!” Pete, Jelly Jazz + Phonic FM (Devon, UK)
“Great LP. Playlisted on my next show.” Olivier Cavaller, De La Bonne Musique, Rinse FM (France)
“Nice LP!” Jason Deckstatic, No.8, XL, Space Ibiza NYC, 1 Oak Southampton (London, United Kingdom)
Album Of The Day – BBC Radio 6Music, 03.04.2018
Sinner – Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6Music
Hunt and Gather – Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6Music
Whatever You Do – Radcliffe & Maconie, BBC Radio 6Music
Colonel Hathi’s Trunk Juice – Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6Music
Love In Vain – BBC Radio 2 Blues Playlist
Woe – Don Letts, BBC Radio 6 Music
Hunt and Gather – Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6Music