Stop Look Listen

A 11 track soul album (42m 43s) — released February 19th 2016 on Record Kicks

After three years of waiting since her seminal Sister funk hit single "2 Kinds Of Men", Record Kicks finally presents "Stop Look Listen" the debut album from the new Oporto soul diva Marta Ren & The Groovelvets that will hit the streets 19 February 2016. Anticipated from the first single "I'm Not A Regular Woman", which is getting airwaves all over Europe (including BBC 6, Rai Radio 1, LeMouv / Radio France), produced and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by New Max from Portuguese funk combo Expensive Soul and mastered in NYC by Andy Vandette, "Stop Look Listen" is pure dynamite and follows the best tradition of the Soul Sisters of the 60s. Marta Ren, not surprisingly described as the new Marva Whitney, brilliantly supported by her super tight 8-piece rhythm & soul combo The Groovelvets, serves you 11 tracks of pure fire and takes-no-prisoners. From the floorshakin' opening track "Don't Look" to the mellow feel-good anthems "Smiling Faces", "So Long" and the afrotastic "Be Ma Fela", the Portuguese combo deliver a visceral deep funk album, proving that they're the new 'real deal'.

Marta Ren is not a newcomer as she has been around in the Portuguese scene since the mid 90s lending her deep and powerful voice, amongst others, to break-beat outfit The Bombazines, recording two albums and establishing her unique talent at clubs and festivals all around Portugal. But Marta's passion has always been for the deepest funk and rawest soul of the sixties, and now the time has come for her to show the world her immense talent. With a powerful voice that would make the founding soul sisters proud, Marta Ren is looking to rule the world and make herself a household name. Fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings get on it!

Outstanding album, big in 2016! - Craig Charles BBC 6

with a voice that’s drawn favorable comparisons to female soul and funk greats like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Sharon Jones, Stop Look Listen follows in the best tradition of the Soul Sisters of the ’60s and is a welcome addition to the upper echelon of the retro funk scene - Wax Poetics US

Marta Ren debut LP fizzes with a raw energy and groove which sends sparks flying from every track... Porto got Soul baby! - Paul Osborne Shindig Magazine

With a powerful voice that would make the founding soul sisters proud, Marta Ren is looking to rule the world and make herself a household name. - Dj Prestige Flea Market Funk US

As passionate as Lyn Collins or Vicky Anderson at the height of their JB days. Marta Ren & The Groovelets prove they've got what it takes with this explosive & exciting funk bomb. This is top notch! - Emrys Baird Blues & Soul Magazine

Exciting raw mod funk! - Eddie Piller Acid Jazz Records

Great production and the energy and grooves are infectious, joyous funky soul! - Mike Chadwick Jazz FM

Very authentic sound and the musicians are super tight. - Kev Beadle Solar Radio

Loved the single and the album is great too. Not checking for as much of this retro funk/soul as I used to, mostly because the majority of it is not of this quality! - Ennio Styles 3RRR FM

Nice! - Aaron Byrd KCRW

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