|Derek Davis - 'Revolutionary Soul' (Apocalypse Records)|
|Written by Dave Prince|
|Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:00|
Most people will have heard of Derek Davis as the main man from Babylon A.D. and the Robocop 2 track ‘Kid Goes Wild’. But here in 2016 we find Derek releasing a new soul/funk/rock–inspired solo album in the form of ‘Revolutionary Soul’.
Now not many rock singers have the soul needed to pull an album like this off but to Derek's credit he does so, even tackling what has become the Noughties most covered song in the form of The Zutons' ‘Valerie’.
Also here is a decent slab at the old Jimmy Cox standard ‘Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out’, along with Bobby Womack's ‘Woman's Gotta Have It’. Apart from those covers, it truly is the originals from Davis that make this album a good listen.
The only other singer I can imagine pulling something like this off is David Lee Roth, as it is reminiscent of his covers like ‘California Girls’ etc. However, the difference here is that Davis' pipes are sounding fantastic and are the main selling point.
Whilst this is being touted as a soul/funk/rock–inspired album, I just see and hear it as a great album, irrespective of genre. And that to me is the highest compliment I can give.
If you love music, give the kid who went wild a chance and you may even find some grooves to get lost in. I know I did.
‘Revolutionary Soul’ is released on 21 January.