Album: Incognito, Transatlantic RPM (Dome)

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The Independent Culture

Thirty years old and still going strong, Incognito is the UK's own Earth, Wind & Fire, a national treasure whose founder Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick deserves a knighthood.

Opening with a great version of Boz Scaggs' slinky "Lowdown", this is 70 minutes of seriously smooth, slap-bass soul and funk with cameos from Chaka Khan, Ursula Rucker, Leon Ware and more. One track, "1975" (Bluey's musical autobiography, featuring a killer horn arrangement by Kevin Robinson), is so moreish I've played it a hundred times in the past week.