Tony Cannam, lead singer of the Soulnaturals, delivers the first single release of his forthcoming solo album project The Re-Set Trilogy Pt.1, the first of an ambitious trilogy of albums documenting personal and global events in an expansive cinematic and soul/funk/classic pop landscape. Keep It Tight is an immediate, funky, retro piece of soul pop designed to make the nation smile. Tony spoke with The Fountain about the reception to the track as well as the venues he is keen to return to.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Keep It Tight?

It’s been getting a lot of love, Craig Charles played it on his Funk & Soul Show and its getting some nice support from places like Soho Radio and BBC Regional etc. We had a lot of fun making it and I think it shows in the final result, it tends to hit that retro 60s/70s radio happy spot and people are feeling it in these difficult times.

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence? 

An immediate, delicious slice of catchy, funky retro soul pop designed to make the nation smile, this track does not hang about, Stevie Wonder meets Marc Bolan in a bar for a swift one, 2 mins 20 secs of riffing and there gone. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

We aim to release a vinyl 45 from the The Re-Set Trilogy, ‘Fire Knows Only To Burn’ with Pt.1 on the A-Side and Pt.2 on B-Side, its gonna be a collectors item. There are many album projects in the pipeline and the ideas are coming thick and fast; we have a Soulnaturals vinyl 45 lined up for later in the year, Give Me the Strength To Be Me with a new singer Chalibrann who sounds like a cross between Barry White and Teddy Prendergrass, he’s really got it and its a stone cold classic, look out for that one. At some point I will be travelling to Italy to record my next project which is an instrumental 60s Italian Film score piece, inspired by Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota and likely to be a 2022 release, a connoisseurs choice that one, stay tuned folks!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

My favourite used to be PaperDress Vintage, which is a vintage clothes shop that turned itself into a venue at night, the bands would play in the shop front window and be on show for all passers by, it was seriously hip fun. It has moved now to a larger space where the bands play upstairs and its still a great venue. We are making plans for a return of our club night SoulBus! We feature serious funk, soul, blues bands from the circuit and up and coming singer songwriter artists, and were bringing it to The Albany in Great Portland St. We also want to get back to The Jazz Cafe for some real electric Soulnaturals shows, with a big 12 piece. Bring the noise!