Baby Charles is a Brighton-based soul band (fronted by Dionne Charles) who’s mighty talented, in my opinion. Her sonorous voice is accompanied by the rest of a pretty skillful band. They claim that their influences are from James Brown, our boy Fela Kuti, and a bunch of other Jazz and funk superstars.
They definitely tend to evoke memories of a much older act, but I like the way they try and stay current. You can hear a lot of breakbeat style from the drummer, and the rest of the band has these little bursts of instrumental creativity.
Here’s I bet you look good on the dancefloor[audio:http://cache01-music02.myspacecdn.com/1/std_166a71e10ebf66ebb730a4047d218ea4.mp3]
You can actually download some of their tracks here.