Grupo X


Big Town / Love Can Only Make Us Stronger

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  • Label: Loft Recordings
  • Release: 09 Apr, 2012
  • Catalog No: LOFTDIG7






  • 1 Love Can Only Make Us Stronger (Enright)
  • 2 Big Town (Enright / Le Messurier / Eckford)


Bass – Simon Edwards
Drums – Jim Le Messurier
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Finn Peters
Guitar – Olly Drew
Perc – Pete Eckford
Trombone, Piano – Jonny Enright
Trumpet – Duncan Mackay
Vocals – Lisa Millett
Recorded at Gizzard Studio and The Butcher’s Shop, London 2010
Mixed by Simon Edwards
Mastered by Denis Blackham, Skye Mastering

Release Notes:

“Grupo X deliver soulful intensity and feel-good funky flow…epic, rootsy and, with singer Lisa Millett out front, often spine-tingling.”
Ben Lovett, Blues and Soul Magazine

Championed by Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles, UK groovers, Grupo X return with two powerful, original songs. The brand new track, “Love Can Only Make Us Stronger” is a modern day Curtis Mayfield-style social commentary with a soulful, heavy groove and a nod to the band’s Latin roots, as well as powerful horns and yearning vocals from Lisa Millett.

“Big Town” is a chunk of contemporary soul/disco, taken from the band’s highly-rated, 2011 album, “As Hills Go By”. The track also features on Jump Start Music 3 (Ain’t All That Records), compiled by Solar FM’s Ginger Tony.

This release follows up Grupo X’s successful 2011 singles, “Waiting All Day” (described as “beautiful” by Lauren Laverne) and the follow-up “Make it Alright” (Jazz FM DJ, Christian Bragg’s “Hot One”).

In the past year Grupo X have had DJ support and airplay from:

Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music),
Graeme Park (1Mix Radio)
Dan Kelly (Capital FM)
Ashley Beedle
Dr Bob Jones, Ginger Tony, Steve Johns (Solar Radio)
Simon Harrison (,
Devon Daley (BBC Radio Derby)
Dazboy & Da Wiseguy (RTE Pulse Radio Ireland),
Larry Vical (Hayes FM)
Mike Chadwick, Christian Bragg (Jazz FM),
Tim Tyson Short & Rhys Phillips (Radio Cardiff),
Andy Smith, Keith Lawrence, Stretch Taylor (Colourful Radio)
Marcia Carr (Soulm8, Ladybugz, Ministry of Sound Radio)
DJ Boone (Samurai FM),
DJ Bee (Loca FM, Spain)
Merijn Tiemessen (KX Radio, Netherlands),
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece),
Velanche (Urban Landscapes, USA),
Michael Stukes (Mystic Vibes WHCR 90.3 FM, USA)

Grupo X’s recent live performances include Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club, Band on the Wall, Manchester, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho and Canary Wharf Jazz Festival 2011.

“Throughout, vocalist Lisa Millett is exceptional bringing the right balance of passion and tenderness to everything. It’s a sweet confection….a delight!”
Bill Buckley,

“Love this album”
Dr Bob Jones (Manifesto Magazine/ Solar Radio)

“LOVE IT! What a tune!”
Dan Kelly (Capital FM) (re. Waiting All Day)

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