Gigi Moto titled her newest album «Local Heroes» (that’s you, dig?) and it’s her ninth hot and heavy opus. It’ll groove and move you mainly because it’s out of that same maternity ward of soul, Southern rock and r&b that rocked the cradle with her breakthrough anno 1993 «Superstar». It’s all still old school with Gigi, a jambalaya of traditional sounds that’s spiced and heated up with a New Orleans style kind of a two-beat groove. It’s also like bluesy Bonnie Raitt, same flaming red hair and emerald green eyes, meets Motown’s The Temptations, and it’s been a long near epic way in the making, tying it all together, making it work – making it groove. Over the years, Gigi’s been nonstop playing small and bigger houses, getting the groove on for you and for her. Awakening your spiritual side is what artists do and when it happens to you and you hit a groove together it’s not you, it’s the spirit world that got you.
The velvety voice of this local lady of the groove has weathered time well, it’s gained in emotional, maternal warmth and has added even more power. It all comes straight and free and loose from that soul kitchen that’s her heart. Listening is like driving on a space highway, dreamlike and sexy. Gigi gets great help on the album from her long-time master guitarist Jean-Pierre von Dach and her bass player and accordionist Roland Sumi.
Big Mama Gigi Moto and «Local Hero», live at El Lokal. You can’t stand this kind of heat? Stay out of this kind of kitchen.