A raw collection of sinewy funk and heavy beats, Yo Bonita eschews building tracks around samples in favour of a real band dynamic, which lends the collection of original tracks and inspired covers a groove that is undeniably infectious. Giving even more depth to proceedings is a litany of unique vocalists, that include Mica Paris, KT Tunstall, Kurtis Blow, Tenor Fly and the legendary Omar. From crate diggers’ delight Misdemenor originally by Foster Sylvers, Sly and the Family Stone’s Underdog and Motorhead’s Ace of Spades rendered as you’ve never heard it before..(read more)..to the band’s originals, including The Finding and single Mike 4 President, the band effortlessly prove they know their chops, laying a contagious bedrock for Mike’s vocals to soar.
Miguel Mantovani said – “Yo Bonita! was the album started just after my first born Bonbon, I wanted to do an organic project not using any samples with the extraordinary live band I’d put together to support James Brown on one of his last tours out in Australia. The players comprise cats from Amy Winehouse’s outfit, Primal scream and so many more and they are the dopest musicians. The main idea was to do some great songs, dope beats and keep it free of gimmicks.”
“..With the exception of Kurtis Blow, who is just a legend of hip-hop culture and somebody I’ve always admired, the guests are some of my favourite British artists, all with their own true voice.”