Release Date: 15 October 2012
‘Word of Mouth’ is the October released debut album from the tireless Leftroom Records boss and producer/DJ, Matt Tolfrey.
Featuring a rich selection of vocal talent, from the relatively new such as James Teej, Jem Cooke and Kevin Knapp, to legends like Marshall Jefferson and Ya Kid K, ‘Word Of Mouth’ is a return to the feel of classic house albums of old where collaborations with vocalists, engineers and mix engineers were worn as a badge of honour.
Matt Tolfrey is a fixture of modern house music that can feel a definite sense of pride over his achievements. Once a young upstart who was championed by DJs as diverse as Craig Richards and Pete Tong, he’s now a mentor to many via his various Leftroom imprints while still retaining the obsessive and energetic enthusiasm for music and it’s machinations.
A recording artist who has released on Cocoon, Rekids, Crosstown Rebels, Saved, Culprit and more, Tolfrey’s touch in the studio is undoubted but with ‘Word of Mouth’ we’re treated to a unique insight into his influences, working methods and what makes him tick.
Dubbed in places (‘The Truth’ with Marshall Jefferson), electronic in some (‘Never Assume’ with James Teej) and direct in others (‘The Spooks’ with Kevin Knapp packs a real, penultimate-track- punch), ‘Word Of Mouth’s continuing theme is elegantly employed melodies regardless of tone. A listen that drags you through from opener to the sublime, broken closer (‘Not So Little’ feat Kevin Knapp), ‘Word of Mouth’ is a mature, masterful debut from a cherished UK talent.
2. Never Assume (feat. James Teej)
3. The Truth (feat Marshall Jefferson)
4. Downtown (feat Kevin Knapp)
5. Mission to Paradise (feat Jem Cooke)
6. Darkside of The Disco Ball
7. Turn You Out (feat Ya Kid K)
8. Distant Story (feat Jem Cooke & Kevin Knapp)
9. The Spooks (feat Kevin Knapp)
10. Not So Little (feat Kevin Knapp)