A passionate and suave mod soul collaboration from the lovely and talented Nicole Willis and celebrated Finland funk collective, The Soul Investigators. In the cold far north dance underground, they created Keep Reachin' Up, a uniquely hot 2005 record of romantic grooves which fans of Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are sure to love. It doesn't bother Willis if some people consider it retro either. "Certainly the music was a project of love but retro isn't a swear word so it could be considered that as well," Willis says. "However, I believe that we do a certain genre of music and that we are continuing in a tradition."
The Soul Investigators includes producer Jukka Sarapää on drums, Didier 'Baby Spector' Selin on tambourine, guitar & bass, Pete Toikkanen on guitar & bass, Antti Määtänen on organ & piano, and Sami Kantelinen on bass, among other musicians. The recording also includes contributions from renowned composer and Matador Records-alum Jimi Tenor (flute, tenor sax, horn & string arrangements), and string arrangements from Pekka Kuusisto. Featuring the standouts, "Downtown" and "Feeling Free," Keep Reachin' Up is an essential addition for any serious collector of contemporary urban music.