Malaya Blue – Still

Album Review | Blue Heart Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

It’s not difficult to gently ease oneself into Malaya Blue’s new album, its opening title song a late night helping of hot buttered soul, which features a bass line straight from the heart of Robert Cray’s original band, courtesy of Richard Cousins.  The Robert Cray connection doesn’t end there, as the Norwich singer’s third album Still features a dozen songs written alongside Dennis Walker, a noted Cray collaborator, who between them serve up a range of bluesy and soulful originals, from the funky “Down to the Bone”, to the steamy “Hot Love”.  With Nat Martin on guitar, Stevie Watts on keys, Mike Horne on drums and Eddie Masters on bass, Still can be hard hitting in places, notably “Kiss Your Troubles Away” and “These Four Walls” and tender in others, notably the piano-led ballad “I Can’t Be Loved”.

Choice Track: Down to the Bone (NSV 510)