Durand Jones & The Indications continue their impressive run of retro-inspired soul with their latest album, Private Space. While their previous works were drenched in the type of cinematic, emotive soul made famous by Sam Cooke and his peers, Private Space finds the Bloomington, Indiana-based band delving into boogie and disco territory while remaining allegiant to their signature soul-driven sound.
Opening track “Love Will Work It Out” starts things on an optimistic note, an upbeat anthem for our fractured modern times. From there things are kicked up a notch, with the 120 bpm disco stomper, “Witchoo.” The remaining tracks continue the sunshine-drenched vibe, making Private Space relentlessly fun and positive throughout. It’s a great companion listen for fans of old school soul and disco as well as those enamored with more modern acts like El Michels Affair and the late, great Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones.
Comparisons to the great acts of yesteryear can and will no doubt be made. Elements of Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and even some Eddie Kendricks can be heard throughout this latest album. But these guys are a wholly original act and should be revered in their own right for what they’re bringing to the modern soul scene.