The answer will undoubtedly be yes when soulful house vocalist Marc Evans asks "Dontcha Wanna Dance" on the effervescent track of the same name. "Tonight" (featuring a scintillating turn by former Modulations member Glenn Jones) and "Give It Up" (with up and comer Laura Jackson) are funky, feel-good, uptempo jams boasting sublimely cosmopolitan arrangements while long-M.I.A. Atlantic Starr vocalist Porter Caroll makes up for lost time on the terrific D Train homage "Oh!" The more laid back cuts are just as noteworthy; Tower Of Power's Michael Jeffries, for one, grooves on the balmy "Summer Breeze."
Besides the obvious devotion to their craft, what's truly commendable about Cool Million is the way the duo have provided a showcase for soul artists of the past. That sense of history is especially evident on the witty and touching "No Ordinary Music," about youngsters defying their parents and playing their forbidden vinyl, resulting in a multi-generational party. Sumthin' Like This is a must for lovers of the good groove and a best of the year contender. (SedSoul)