Brass House Unit Limelight Review
by Griff Stevens
Brass House Unit was formed by Kevin Abela in the Fall of 2014. A balanced meshing of experienced musicians and the freshness of up and comping talent gives BHU that crispness that has been entertaining audiences with the best of soul sounds from the 60s to radio hits of today. In the solidification of the band sound, it was high time they came out with their own identity. With the release of “Limelight” their first single the band’s defined funk sound is in full-spectrum with a 16-piece brass band and two fierce vocalists Ozzy Lino and Gloriana.
BHU is coming out swinging with deeply felt grooves and high-flying horns “Limelight” is a premier party tune that will get the funk out. The music is by bassist Simon Samut and the lyrics were penned by Matt Muxu Mercieca and Ozzy Lino. A robust line up of drums: Melchior Busuttil; Keyboards: Simon Fenech; Bass: Simon Sammut; Guitar: Jonathan Ellul; Trumpets: Kevin Abela, Nathan Abela, Reno Cassar and Carlos Borg; Trombones: Joseph Borg, Deo Mercieca and Mark Ciantar; Saxophones: Ivan Borg, Daniel Quattromani, Godfrey Mifsud and Matthew Fenech; Percussion: Joseph Camilleri and Backing Vocals: Josef Tabone, Angela Tirchett and Jackie Pace Delicata. It’s a funking good time song.
The accompanying video is first-rate. With beautiful cinematography and a melody that hooks you in immediately, the melody is infectious and unforgettable. “Limelight,” is the taste before the impending full-length album set to be launched next year. If you love the type of funk that was popular in the 60s & 70s when groups like KC & The Sunshine Band, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players were ruling the airwaves, then BHU’s “Limelight,” is a must have.