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"What you have here is a premium double dose of unreleased 70's soul music. Jerline & Friends were never heard of beyond the boundaries of home base in Chicago. After morphing into Royal Flush they managed to sell some units with the album Hot Spot, but still kept their thing outside the mainstream.
The original ‘Joy Trip‘, released on the UK Street Soul label in 2010, is a sublime stepper, mirroring with its sensual string action classics such as Starvue's ‘Body Fusion‘. This ‘Pt. 2‘ is a stompier cousin, rather urging than seducing the dance partner for a joined trip towards the bedroom.
‘Tell Me‘ is a perfect partner in crime. It's a dramatic and pumping narrative about surviving the low points of a relationship. Lead singer Jerline Shelton attacks both tracks with clever vocal stylings, coming slightly from the left-field, but never losing the groove."
- Markus Karlqvist
"Sublime 70s soul groovers from Jerline and Friends – a pair of tracks from a Chicago combo that was pretty much unknown outside the city in their time – getting some late love with this 45 release on the Traveller label! ‘Joytrip‘ (Part 2) is just that – a great, mid 70s dancefloor soul number with heavy drums, piano and horns driving it along underneath Jerline Shelton's soulful voice and unique phrasing – and some really trippy synths on the outer edge! It's well paired with the flip, ‘Tell Me‘ – another dancefloor ready stormer."
- Dusty Groove America
"Part 1 of ‘Joy‘ was released in 2010 by the Street Funk label, and this follow-up is a complete revelation, as sensational disco strings are replaced with a soul-fired rare groove production from Chicago group Jerline & Friends. It's nothing short of superb. Faultless production, pulsating bass, fab drums and brass plus dope lead and backing vocals too. Flipside ‘Tell Me‘ is a soul classic that you have never heard. Essential."
- Juno Records
Published: 16th April 2012