Jonas (aka Jonas Rendbo) qualifications as a producer, singer, songwriter has already earned him awards and the moniker ‘Godfather of Scandinavian soul‘. It’s a title made through his pioneering soul work in achieving global recognition for his soulful renditions. During the late ’90s, Jonas demonstrated an artist in Denmark could reach the artistry of his icons.
With enforced time on his hands due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Jonas revisited a quartet of unreleased recordings, enlisting the assistance of UK soul legend Omars’ brother – Scratch Professer (yes, spelt with an ‘e’ my grammar eagles) to complete his work. The two had previously penned Jonas’s 2nd album W.A.I.T.T. in 2009. Back together, the duo also adds a subtle and skilfully woven horn section.
Jonas knew how not to ruin a good thing (i.e. his core neo-soul sound) and retains all the elements that resonated on his debut releases.
4ward Fast to Future consists of four soulfully luxurious songs, that showcase his comforting vocal melodies and songwriting abilities. The EP’s underlying theme examines human relationships as he seeks affirmation or solutions (4ward Fast, Pick Me Up).
Jonas looks at caring for himself (What’s Cooking), and discovers even when opposites attract in Let’s Fight it’s a bond worth fighting for. The bass on this is tighter than a leather boxing glove.
The EP wouldn’t be here without the pandemic. Quality music such as this is the only positive consequence.
4ward Fast To Future (EP) is a quartet of gently textured, and superbly re-crafted '90s soul tunes. See, things were better in the old days.