Fronted by one helluva singer in British bombshell Laura Vane, the Vipertones are a slick collective of English and Dutch musicians drawn together from various projects (Diesler, AIFF, the Soul Snatchers, and the Jazzinvaders among others), and they’re putting a fresh spin on old school soul. They burst onto the European scene in 2009 with their self-titled debut, which featured blistering tracks like “Steam” and “Roof Off” that forced listeners and club-goers to get down on the get down.
“Roof Off” was so well-received it got its own entire remix EP. They don’t show any signs of slowing down with their forthcoming album “Sugar Fix.” It’s sticky-sweet with tight funky beats and some absolutely brilliant horn arrangements. Seriously, some of those horn licks are ridiculous sick. It’s all designed perfectly to showcase Laura Vane’s sultry vocals, which are just dandy like candy and put a craving in my ears – the audio equivalent of my sweet-tooth’s desire for a Milky Way bar. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. The joint’s not available outside of Holland yet, but you can stream the whole thing here: luisterpaal2.radio6.nl/page/player/567 (I also highly recommend the Vipertones’ cover of “Hello” by Martin Solveig. The techno-pop original is currently featured in a Trident gum commercial. Their cover is super funky, making it about a kajillion times better, and it’s taken from a live performance on Dutch radio.