As you will read below, Ivan Howard, lead singer of The Rosebuds, has a bit of crush on Helen Folasade Adu, also known as Sade. Although you could always tell through Howard's croon on most of The Rosebuds songs, Sade's influence came to surface when the supergroup Gayngs released their album Relayted in 2010. The 1980s soft rock album was full of Sade references, as well as some Bee Gees and Hall and Oates among others. Gayngs also covered Sade's By Your Side in their Daytrotter Session later that year.
Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard called Raleigh home for years, until Kelly took off for New York and Ivan headed to Wilmington. Every time I talked to him or visited, Howard vaguely spoke about various musical projects that he was excited about, but wouldn't talk in depth about them. Two years later, we know why.
As Crisp mentions below, Howard used his time at the beach to expand on his Sade crush. Howard spent his time in Wilmington tracking the gorgeous album you are about to listen to. Howard later moved to NYC and finished the album in Brooklyn with Crisp and a handful of their friends and Raleigh musicians, including Rob Lackey (The Rosebuds, A Rooster for the Masses), Matt Douglas (The Small Ponds, The Proclivities, The Hot at Nights) and Jon Yu (DJ Yu who hosts montly dance parties at Neptune's Parlour).
The result is a beautiful tribute to Sade's Love Deluxe and stands on its own as a work of art. The tracking, vocals, percussion, mix and background instruments as seemlessly overlapped into a professional quality album. A handful of the songs almost sound like they could have actually appeared on a Gayngs or Rosebuds album, including Kiss of Life which is one of the standouts of both the original album and the remix. In an age where many hip-hop acts are releasing mixtapes for free, it's great to see a band release a tribute album like this for the same price and for the love of the tunes.
Download Love Deluxe over at The Rosebuds Bandcamp page and read the essay below by Kelly Crisp describing the album:
Love Deluxe, Sade’s fourth album, was released 20 years ago this week. To say this album is a constant influence to The Rosebuds and the records we've made over the years would be an understatement. We’ve always been fans. Ivan’s been covering Sade songs since I’ve known him--he sings them in the house, he sings them while driving, he sings them with or without a guitar in hand, he sings them when he doesn’t even realize he’s singing aloud. It’s the language he hears music in. Ivan spent some time on the North Carolina coast where he set up a small apartment--a surf camp and home studio. He’d gone to the beach to enjoy the off-season isolation, to surf, and to work on some new Rosebuds demos we have. I was delighted when he came back to Brooklyn and presented me with his own fully-tracked version of Love Deluxe. It’s only elements are the instruments Ivan drove down with, and the friends who stopped by to contribute--Rob Lackey, drums; Matt Douglas, Saxophone; Jonathan Yu, keyboards. We set about mixing it right away.
Upon first listen to Ivan’s version of Love Deluxe, I was struck by how organic it is. Where many of the electronic elements of the original had been beautiful to me, to listen to this new live-instrument sound Ivan had quick-captured is to listen directly to his evolving relationship with the music. It’s a documentation of a living connection. Please download and share this tribute recording of a record that means so much to us.