The UK soul-rock band Mamas Gun, named after an Erykah Badu tune, has always drawn from 70s funk & R&B as their base, leaning on the grooves as much as their warmth and optomism. To get reach the next level in their band’s growth, they took four years off between their third album, Cheap Hotel and their fourth, 2018’s Golden Days, which was recorded live in three days. Between that time singer Andy Platts formed a side project with multi-instrumentalist/ producer Shawn Lee called Young Gun Silver Fox, releasing two albums of the best WestCoast inspired pop of the decade. That experience had a heavy effect on Andy and he brought that sensibility into the band for their next album as well as adopted a smoother singing style. This was most evident on this soulful slow burner, The Spooks, which I am featuring here.