Mister T and Jean Honeymoon: The Secret – ep review
CD / DL
Mister T and Jean Honeymoon are a nujazz / lounge duo with erm, a groovy new EP. It’s not the usual type of thing we review on Louder Than War, but as our reviewer says “it’s rather good and that’s good enough for me”.
Jean Honeymoon, a half Thai, half Scottish singer has been around for a while as vocalist in Glasgow punk-funkateers The Honeymooners (amazing, isn’t it, that she has the same surname….) In the late 80s, they toyed with success before chucking it and Jean became a DJ 0f some reknown. Since then she’s released a slew of self-penned material and guested on somewhere around thirty albums. Previous collaborations include Monodeluxe, James Johnson and Marc Mac.
Mister T (no, not that one) aka Demitris Tenidis is a producer, composer and DJ in his own right. He’s been doing his own thing the last few years whilst running his label Cold Busted.
This is a four-track EP and hopefully it’s a trailer for a full-length album in the New Year.
The Secret’s a well-crafted, beautifully produced and downright groovy EP. Dunno if I’m allowed to use that expression as an old punk rocker, but there you go. Lead song (The Secret) has Jean’s sultry, smooth voice atop some jazzy, Latin-inflected trip hop.
Trip-hop. Is that still a thing? I’m not sure. Anyway, if you’re a fan of filmic, widescreen sounds with a little hint of 60s spy movie guitar, you’ll go a bundle on this.
Things You Do has a rattling, walking slap bass and lightly brushed drums before Jean’s scat vocal drops in. There’s some rather sweet guitar and some Jimmy Smith style piano and of course, a flute. It wouldn’t be right at all without the flute. Jean’s voice is a double-tracked, haunting thing at times and sits neatly amongst the backing.
With You follows a similar path although it has a slightly sinister edge; one can imagine these tracks soundtracking some imaginary monochromatic European movie and the track has a locomotive rhythm and further Latin-style percussion. Jeans whispered, intimate voice lends an air of menace throughout the funk guitar licks towards the end.
The final track is The Secret again, remixed by Club Des Belugas and adds strings and a more dancefloor edge to the track. It retains its gentle appeal and is more than the usual throwaway remix tacked onto the end.
I look forward to an album of more material and it’s good to hear one of Glasgow’s originals doing it again.
The EP can be bought here.
All words by Joe Whyte. More writing by Joe on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.