‘Let The Big Beat Save Your Southern Soul’ is the new single by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch, released on 27th November 2020 via Integrity Records on all digital platforms and limited edition numbered 7” dub-plate vinyl. Order here https://tribesofeurope.bandcamp.com/
Using classic pop forms to tell stories about the present, the future and, in the case of ‘Big Beat …’, the past, Tribes of Europe here surge head-long musically and lyrically into the contemporary cultural legacy of Northern Soul. With the classic vocal of Barbara Stretch, former frontwoman of Pye Records’ soul sensations The Vernons to the fore, the Ely Fallen Angels Choir led by Max Taylor (MIKA, Lily Allen, Clor) add layers of joyous harmonies.
Tribes of Europe, the alter ego of Fenland-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Martin Elsey, are also joined by Andy Gangadeen (Massive Attack, Chase & Status, Jeff Beck) on drums, Ric Elsworth (Belle & Sebastian, Foals) on vibraphone & tambourine and Chris Taylor (Poison Girls) on co-production duties at Bluebarn Studios and the finest bass outside Motor City.
Martin describes the single as an overdue “thank you” to the rare soul scene and the people who made the music:
“I was a young Pink Floyd fan when the Northern Soul scene hit East Anglia. Kids at school told me how their older brothers and sisters had been driving over to Peterborough, taking something called ‘Sulphate’ then staying up all night dancing. I was intrigued. Only several years later when I got along to a few all-nighters did I really start to understand …”
Previous singles by Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch have enjoyed national support on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and various regional & international shows.
“An instantly catchy and uplifting retro-futuristic creation” – Get In Her Ears
“Unashamedly ‘60s but with a new twist” – Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music