7in released: May 24, 2019
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CAN'T FEEL NOTHIN / NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
The Temptations-style vocal group is best known by crate-diggers for their 1971 debut single "Don't Let Me Fall," which is also the title of a collection, released by Heavy Light Records in 2009, that documents their complete 1970's output. The psych-funk pioneers reunited in '09 and have been active ever since, touring the world and releasing their first proper full-length The Electric Word in 2013. The new record, Goodbye World set to drop in early 2016 is an elegy of sorts, since it showcases the final recordings of The Relatives' founder and leader Reverend Gean West, who died in February 2015 at the age of 78 in the midst of working on the album. His signature vocals can be heard on the A-Side along with his brother Tommie West on top of a slow-rolling, bottom-heavy funk groove. The B-side finds their take on the classic "No Man Is An Island" with haunting guitars and combination of bass-to-falsetto vocals courtesy of their original guitarist Charles Ray "Gypsy" Mitchell.