Love, Sax & Flashbacks

Love, Sax & Flashbacks

by Fleur East


Losing a singing competition isn't always a bad thing. Aiken, Lambert, Daughtry, Hudson, Murs. And now, East. After losing series 11 of the U.K. X Factor competition to Ben Haenow, Fleur East rode the wave of popularity that swelled in the wake of her expert cover of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." First single "Sax" was exuberant and catchy enough to climb the U.K. charts, despite the fact that there was nary a saxophone to be heard on the uptempo banger. Her debut album, Love, Sax & Flashbacks (Syco), puts it all up front: these songs are indeed about love, containing lots of funky horns, and a good deal of influences from the past that she wears openly on her sleeves. The strong '80s throwback vibe is everywhere, with touches of the Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, and the Gap Band, with a healthy dash of disco and funk in the veins of Chic and James Brown. However, this debut is by no means derivative and lazy. Like fellow British contemporaries Estelle and V.V. Brown, East can truly sing (and rap!), and delivers sweetness and confident sass with the pep of a more seasoned diva. Tastes of such icons are also quite apparent, with nods to Whitney Houston ("More and More"), Tina Turner ("Love Me or Leave Me Alone") and Beyoncé ("Baby Don't Dance"). The updated production aligns with Ronson-style funky, horn-centric boogie jams, resulting in an album that is stacked from start to finish. A pair of expertly executed samples create both the highlight and centerpoint to the LP: "Paris" borrows from Teena Marie's "Ooo La La La" (last heard on the Fugees' "Fu-Gee-La") on a funky one-night-stand tempter, while a sample of the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" drives Fleur's "Kitchen" into the funk stratosphere along her cheeky demand to "Tina Turn-up/Tina Turn-it-up." The callbacks and influences permeate everything, really, as East spins it all into her own sound. For a runner-up and her first outing, this is top-spot quality pop. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888751310322
catalogNumber: 5040338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fleur East   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Simon Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Kick Horns   Horn
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Tom Barnes   Drums,Background Vocals
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Emanuel Kiriakou   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Joy Malcolm   Background Vocals
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Dominic Glover   Horn
Wired Strings   Strings
Richard Pryce   Double Bass
Trevor Brown   Crowd Noise
Zukhan Bey   Drums
Ryan Quigley   Trumpet
Priscilla Jones-Campbell   Background Vocals
Julian Bunetta   Background Vocals
Willie Murillo   Trumpet
Jenny Sacha   Violin
Emma Owens   Viola
Bryony James   Cello
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
Rosie Danvers   Cello
Andrew Haas   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Henrik Michelsen   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Eleanor Mathieson   Violin
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Ben Kohn   Percussion,Background Vocals
Sally Jackson   Violin
Nozomi Cohen   Viola
Ed Drewett   Background Vocals
Peter Kelleher   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Crowd Noise
Anna Croad   Violin
Kotono Sato   Violin
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
John Ryan   Background Vocals
Camille Purcell   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
James Abrahart   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Xavier Barnett   Background Vocals
Ian Franzino   Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Vern Asbury   Bass,Guitar
Sabrina McCalla   Background Vocals
Keshia East   Crowd Noise

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
Teena Marie   Composer
Charles Wilson   Composer
Chris Bishop   Vocal Editing
Simon Clarke   Horn Arrangements
Maureen McDonald   Composer
Dean Parks   Composer
Lonnie Simmons   Composer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Robert Wilson   Composer
Allen McGrier   Composer
Ronnie Wilson   Composer
Paul Bailey   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brandon Thomas   Engineer
Don Fletcher   Composer
Todd M. Simon   Horn Arrangements
Electric   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Mark Ronson   Composer
Trevor Brown   Composer
Zukhan Bey   Composer,Producer
Charles Spurling   Composer
Julian Bunetta   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Jeff Bhasker   Composer
Rosie Danvers   String Arrangements
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rudolph Taylor   Composer
Andrew Haas   Programming,Instrumentation
Iain James   Composer
Bruno Mars   Composer
Ian Kirkpatrick   Producer
Henrik Michelsen   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Philip Lawrence   Composer
Kevin Hissink   Engineer
Mogollon   Art Direction
Nick Seeley   Programming,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Ed Drewett   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Sermstyle   Producer
Weldon Parks   Composer
Camille Purcell   Composer
James Abrahart   Composer
Jamie Sanderson   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer
Ian Franzino   Programming,Instrumentation
Nicholaus Williams   Composer
TMS   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Fleur East   Composer
Kirby Lauryen   Composer
Joe Kearns   Vocal Engineer
Afterhrs   Engineer,Additional Production
Kenneth Pruit   Engineer
Devon Gallaspy   Composer

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