What Kind Of Love

2016 UK AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS WINNER
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UK SONG OF THE YEAR (Clear Water)
UK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (What Kind Of Love)
UK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

 

  • EL PAÍS ESPAÑA AMERICANA BEST OF 2015 – #2
  • BBC RADIO LONDON ROBERT ELMS’ FAVOURITE SONGS OF 2015 – Clear Water
  • BBC RADIO ULSTER RALPH MCLEAN’S BEST ROOTS ALBUMS OF 2015
  • AMERICANA UK VISITOR’S BEST BAND OF 2015 – #1 (3rd year running)
  • AMERICANA UK VISITOR’S BEST ALBUM OF 2015 – #1
  • AMERICANA UK VISITOR’S BEST LIVE ACT OF 2015 – #1 (2nd year running)
  • BEAT SURRENDER BEST OF 2015 – #3
  • THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH TOP 20 FAVOURITE GIGS 2015 – #5
  • THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH TOP 40 FAVOURITE ALBUMS 2015 – #37
  • BLABBER ’N’ SMOKE FAVOURITE ALBUMS 2015
  • FOLK & TUMBLE TOP 50 OF 2015 – #20
  • WOODYJAGGER TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2015 – #7

 


WHAT KIND OF LOVE (1 JUNE 2015)


“If there’s a better country soul band in the UK, hats may have to be eaten”
★★★★
MOJO

“makes you sing along with a smile of shared pleasure and a nod of shared recognition of hurt. Like the best kind of southern country and soul.”
★★★★
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“One of my favourite-ever songwriters… What Kind Of Love is the Champs’ most ebullient, charismatic set yet.”
“utterly joyous, ageless, timeless and guileless. Nothing guilty here, only pleasure.”
STEVIE CHICK (MOJO / THE GUARDIAN)

“Breathtaking.”
“Danny Wilson and his boys have made the blue-eyed soul classic of all time – an album that pays homage to classic soul while adding enough originality to make the collection worthy of a place next to those classic albums cut in the golden age of soul.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Imagine Springsteen filtered through a trunk of Stax 45s”
★★★★
AMERICANA UK

“simply exemplary – Folks, we have a new benchmark!”
FATEA

“Danny And The Champions of the World have struck gold”
★★★★★
RENOWNED FOR SOUND

“very impressive – one of the albums of the year so far”
★★★★
GIGSLUTZ

“the feelgood album of the summer”
★★★★★
R2 MAGAZINE

★★★★★
BLUESDOODLES

“a diverse delight”
★★★★
THE SUN

★★★★
NEMM

“What Kind Of Love confirms, if we needed it, that Danny Wilson is one of the country’s most direct, thoughtful lyricists when addressing real human emotions.”
EVEN THE STARS

“brassy, Caledonian soul that will inevitably prompt thoughts of Van (and perhaps Sam Cooke) tempered with northern and Memphis colours and burnished with some country pedal steel – an unabashedly upbeat and romantic album”

FOLK RADIO

“the band’s rich mix of roots and soul is intoxicating throughout, whilst Danny’s voice oozes sophistication, seducing the listener with each and every note – simply flawless, a sensational collection that’ll resonate with anyone who’s ever felt that heartstrings pulled”

RHYTHM & BOOZE

“A joyful riot of Caledonian soul, proud horns, country pedal steel and ballads that either break your heart or send it soaring, What Kind Of Love contains some of Danny Wilson’s greatest music yet”
SLATE THE DISCO

“a gorgeous slice of soul-infused country, with brassy trumpets and slide guitars vying for attention, and yet it is the candour and honesty of the songwriting that ultimately shines through. Danny’s voice, as ever, simply bleeds passion throughout.”
★★★★
OUTLINE

“An album that just burns with an affirmation for life and music – this is just the album to play with the car windows wound down!”
10/11
THE ROCK CLUB

“slick, soulful music – the sort that will evoke good vibes in years to come.”
THE DIGITAL FIX

“Wilson’s delivery is straight out of the Otis Redding playbook and it works.”
NO DEPRESSION

“from a band that has already proven itself time and time again, this new release seems to reach the zenith of their sound so far”
★★★★
MYSTIC SONS

“The hooks are profound and effective with a vice-like grip ensuring every second of this outstanding collection is savoured.”
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH

★★★★
TOXIC ONLINE


LIVE REVIEWS


“a truly impressive live act”
GIGSOUP

“Simply spellbinding”
REDROSPECTIVE

There’s something to be said for hitting the ground running, with a good tailwind behind you. Danny Wilson agrees. And his new album is the proof.

Wilson and his band, Danny & The Champions Of The World, spent much of 2014 on the road, playing shows all over the world, the kind of legendary, life-affirming rock and soul revues (with country fringing) that have seduced them a global following, and which they finally committed to wax on last year’s glorious concert double-album, Live Champs! When their touring schedule drew to a close at the end of the year, you might have thought Wilson and his Champs would hunker down on the sofa for a few weeks, get some much needed R’n’R. But that’s not how Champions roll.

“We’d been playing festivals all summer, did 17 shows in Scandinavia in September, and another 25 shows in October,” Wilson remembers. “We had all of two days off, and then we went into the studio (Chris Clarke’s ‘Reservoir Studios’). I had a hacking cough, everyone was ill, but I told everyone, we’ll be in the studio two weeks and then it’ll be Christmas and we can all collapse.”

The momentum they’d accrued on the road carried them through, though, and the music they cut during those two weeks – What Kind Of Love – is some of Wilson’s very best. There’s a glint in his eye as he talks about the vibe within the Champs camp right now. “We’re a bit more of a gang than we used to be,” he grins. “It’s not hard for a band to feel like a gang, because generally you’re up against it, but you keep on at it because you’re dogged and in love with it. And it feels amazing, like my old bands Soul Green and Grand Drive did back in the early days.”

The songs contained therein started life on the road, at soundcheck or back at the hotel after the show, and saw Danny writing many songs with his bandmate Paul Lush instead of penning tunes on his lonesome, as is his usual MO. “We wrote songs in Scandinavia, in Nashville, in the Preston Travelodge,” he explains, proud as a new dad. “Going down the pub or partying after the show… you can’t really sustain it on tour, and sharing a bottle of wine and writing a song together in the hotel room is really cool. This line-up of the Champs has been together for some time now,” he continues, observing that the group that started out as “a loose, lawless thing,” a floating collective contrasting to his then-band, Grand Drive, is now a more solid organisation. “Everyone brings so much to the table,” he adds, “I wanted them to be a part of it all.”

The songs are rich, joyful and moving, opener Clear Water another Wilson classic-in-the-making, with its tale of finding yourself far from the ones you love but still feeling the strength they give (“When life gets crazy / I see you”, runs the hook). The celebratory horn peals suggest the celtic soulfulness of Dexys Midnight Runners, and the reference is no accident, Wilson admits. “We started playing Seven Days Is Too Long [the Chuck Wood northern soul burner Dexys covered on their debut LP] at soundcheck on tour, and I’d often lapse into Kevin Rowland impressions,” he grins. “Kevin’s amazing, I’ve massive respect for him. He’s a huge Van Morrison fan, and there’s a definite Van Morrison influence to our music.”

The theme running through What Kind Of Love concerns that most multi-faceted four-letter-word: love, in all its many different permutations. “Every song on the album is a love-song of some fashion,” Danny nods. “These are love songs about friends, about ex-friends, about wives… All different kinds of love. Also, the title made me think of some mythical jazz or soul record – you could totally imagine an album on Blue Note called What Kind Of Love.”

The album takes its title from a song Wilson and Lush penned with friend Joe Kinsey, of the band Billy Vincent. Wilson and Kinsey go way back; Danny’s mum taught Joe at nursery school, and the pair share South London roots. Danny reconnected with Kinsey after bumping into him in the studio, and they bonded over this remarkable, sweltering slow-burner, which Wilson describes as “Southern-soul. South London soul. Sutton soul.”

There’s more at play in these songs than the simple boy-meets-girl glibness of too much rock and pop lyricism, a maturity and sophistication that may surprise even longtime Danny Wilson fans. “It’s about ups and downs,” says Wilson, of the album’s emotional spectrum. “Life can be glorious, it can also be a strain. I’m 42, and even though I’m a happy guy, I know life’s not just a laugh. I’ve got children, I see the complexity of their lives, of all our lives. Love is a huge subject. The hugest, in fact. And that’s what the album’s about. And I love the title. It has the potential to be the cheesiest album title ever, but I love it for that.”

Wilson knows he can risk a cheesy album title, because there’s not a morsel of fromage across What Kind Of Love’s ten tracks, just songs written and sung from the heart, in a tenor that will feed the soul. As for the Champs, Danny can only see this gang continuing on, soaring ever higher. “I love camaraderie,” he says. “I love friendship, I love people doing stuff for the fucking sake of it. It’s the only reason to do it, and I have no intention of stopping now.”

Press photos by Tom Sheehan. AMA UK Awards photo by Georgie d’Albiac Brewin.

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TV/RADIO: Richard Wootton | RW Publicity

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