It all started in 2008 with the release of Going Out Tonight on the revered UK label, Expansion Records. The runaway success of the album caught the attention of the one and only Tom Moulton, who remixed the entire set for what would become the premiere release of Cool Million’s own SedSoul label, The Tom Moulton Experience.
Soulful melodies, hooklines and funky rhythms take flight in instantly classic form with Cool Million, the brainchild of hit producers Rob Hardt and Frank Ryle.
Blending the tight structure of 1980s boogie gems with the organic integration of modern-day technology, the team showcases a host of both new and legendary vocalists delivering original tunes distinguished by lyrical authenticity and compositional richness.
Indeed, it’s rare in the post-Y2K world of digital music consumption to find artistic visionaries who understand both the business and creative components of building real songs from the ground up; but those qualities are exactly what Cool Million have demonstrated in full capacity on each of their albums.
And with 2010’s Back for More and 2012’s III boasting stellar collaborations with top-tier vocalists such as Leroy Burgess, Eugene Wilde, Meli’sa Morgan, Kenny Thomas, and Yvonne Gage (to name but a few), they continue to reach more and more underserved fans looking for a real groove free of the gimmicks of today’s over-commercialized mainstream.
After a three-year wait that has seemed like eternity for devotees of the boogie, Cool Million returns in 2015 with their long-awaited fourth album, “Sumthin’ Like This”. But don’t be fooled by the modest title: chances are you’ve never heard anything like it! The hard-working duo of Hardt and Ryle continue to expand their parameters as producers utilizing top-tier programming and instrumentation to deliver a uniquely faithful update of the celestial sounds found on the very best of early-‘80s electro-funk and boogie records.
Glenn Jones, Michael Jeffries, Marc Sadane, Gavin Christopher, and Atlantic Starr’s Porter Carroll are a few of the sought-after purveyors of fine soul who lend their one-of-a-kind talents to “Sumthin’ Like This” – not to mention Tim Owens, who leads off the album with the irresistible title cut, an instant floor-filler that will get folks out of their seats whether they’re at the club or working on their PC. Additional contributors to “Sumthin’ Like This” include classy singer-songwriter-DJ Laura Jackson, who has appeared on every Cool Million album to date and now appears as part of the group’s touring line-up; newcomer Farina Miss; and internationally renown soulful house maestro Marc Evans, who fronts the new CD’s leadoff single, “Dontcha Wanna Dance” – “Sumthin’ Like This” is a feel-good, booty-shaking musical journey that will keep the party going day or night, from start to finish.