British soul diva Shirley Davis returns with Europe's powerhouse funk outfit the Silverbacks for their sophomore LP Wishes & Wants. Authentic funk and soul with a dash of Afrobeat, Wishes & Wants was written by Davis in tandem with Silverbacks musical director and lead guitarist Eduardo Martínez, plus songwriter Marc Ibarz, and it's a welcome new addition to the lineage of classic soul albums defined by the struggle of a black woman in life, love and loss.
Davis' vocals embody scorned fury, heartfelt longing and joyous celebration and her voice echoes the greats of soul music such as Marva Whitney and Gladys Knight, as well as contemporary artists such as Macy Gray and mentor Sharon Jones. This is a very personal album in which the sounds/melodies and rhythms that were present in Black Rose have been taken a step further and in a more conscious way, nourishing the whole process, from songwriting to recording, to get that perfect blend. The lyrics display Shirley's own universe, like "Woman Dignity," but also her present moment in life like "Troubles & Trials." We can also find those that are expressing her point of view of the world like "Wishes & Wants." "Edu's arrangements offer a beautiful backbone for light and shade, as soul-inspired music should," says Shirley.
Wishes & Wants is released on Tucxone Records which is viewed by funk and soul cognoscenti as a European counterpart to New York's Daptone Records. Despite having only been in existence since 2013, its artists have proceeded to produce some of the best retro-sounding soul, funk, reggae and afrobeat in Europe – with Shirley Davis and the Silverbacks leading the charge.