Devon Russell 'Move On Up' (Mukatsuku)
4th June 2020
'Move On Up' / 'Give Me Your Love'
Devon's version of Curtis Mayfield's über classic 'Move On Up' first appeared on Jamaican label High Music 7" back in 1984 and again featured on the LP 'Darker Than Blue' in 93. It's a faithful version with Devon's falsetto vocal bearing a remarkable similarity to Curtis, whilst the musical arrangement also follows the original's horn parts beautifully and there's some classic reggae/dub sounds going on in the background that I'm not exactly sure how they've been created?! percussion or synths? Reminds me of some Sly & Robbie productions. Of course, this is a roots reggae version so the tempo is very much slowed down and is a joyous take on the soul classic. Flip for another Curtis song 'Give Me Your Love' (also and maybe most notably covered by The Sisters Love), this is very much an 80's sound in my mind with synth drums and with spacy keyboards and a guitar that sounds like Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits might have played. A touch cheesy possibly, but no matter, as this 45 is all about the A-side. A worthy addition to Mukatsuku's massive catalogue and one which will fly off the shelves I'm sure.