“When people relate to my songs, they are no longer mine,” explains ground-breaking UK groovemaster, vocalist and guitarist Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick. “If I hear Stevie’s ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,’ I don’t have an image of Stevie Wonder singing this. I see the face of the girl I was kissing when I heard that record. The fantasy belongs to the listener.” Bluey has worked with Stevie as well as James Brown, Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, Phillip Bailey and countless others. This is the creative genius of Bluey, the pioneering acid-jazz architect who helped to lay down the blueprint for neo-soul and the creative force behind Incognito, the preeminent Funk/Jazz/Soul/Dance outfit in the world.
A modern day troubadour, Bluey’s songs are evidence of his truth. The honesty, gritty soul and earthiness that lives between each dancing note and harmonic crevices, are the sustenance-filled ingredients that his devoted fans adore.
The Mauritian born musician who was raised in the UK will release Tinted Sky, his heartfelt collection of original songs,
in which he collaborates with Richard Bull (Incognito, Basia, Acoustic Alchemy, Maysa) on June 26, 2020. For those who are used to
experiencing Bluey in a mega-band setting, it is a delight to hear this more intimate collection. Bluey confesses that the solo affair allows him to dig even deeper. “I get to escape the band,” he laughs. “When you live in a large family in one house, it’s great to pack up in the middle of the night and disappear where nobody knows your name, live off the land and to do things without the big picture in mind. Just do! That’s what this is!”
Check out Back Here Again to get a sense of the tome of the new music.
We will keep you updated on the latest news from Bluey and Incognito.