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RIGHT HERE ... RIGHT NOW

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKORT is the working name of UK producer and DJ, Ben Webb and apart from making the music and spinning it - he also runs his own little label – Tropical Velvet. And that's the vehicle for his latest outing – the big, brash, disco, soulful house mash up that is 'Here And Now'.

The song is fronted by soulstress Sejal who rides the funky, Latino rhythm with bucket loads of aplomb! Purists will love the brass parts, the lovely piano solo and the sweeping strings which feature across all the mixes – notably the Angelo Ferreri tweak.

'Here And Now' is out now via Traxsource; other outlets July 20th

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:46

 

CONVERSATION PIECE.....

Monday, 16 July 2018 17:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDARRYL ANDERS is one of America's top session bassists... his credits are many and varied but soul fans will know him from his work with Tower of Power and Booker T Jones. (Before that, by the way, he was a top man in the world of musical video gaming).

In 2010 Darryl struck out on his own with a band that he dubbed AGAPÉSOUL. ("agapé" is the ancient Greek word for "love" in its widest, divine context). Their long player, 'Believe In Love' won wide critical acclaim, reaching no. 1 on the UK soul charts.

Mr Anders has recently resurrected AgapéSoul and they're all set to unleash a new album – 'Conversations', which, like Believe In Love' offers an intoxicating blend of soul and jazz garnished with just a touch of gospel. Darryl has conceived the new 10 tracker as a further exploration of the link between "love" (agapé) and "soul" (the place, he says, where great music is conceived). Helping him deliver is a stellar cast of musicians – amongst them, drummer Aaron Green, guitarist Cam Perridge, vocalist Zoe Ellis, the great Tommy Sims, British singer/songwriter Geoffrey Williams, guitar legend Paul Jackson, Jr., guitarist Levi Seacer (of Prince's New Power Generation), New Orleans music icon Ivan Neville and saxophonist Chris Bullock and trumpeter Michael Maher, members of the three time Grammy winning fusion band Snarky Puppy.

Between them, they cook up quite a menu! Amongst the instrumental highlights is 'Fruitvale Gumbo' – which sets out to meld the music of New Orleans, Oakland and Minneapolis... interesting. The long player boasts plenty of gorgeous vocal cuts too, like the lead single, the dreamy 'The Way That We Love'. This is a light and fragrant summer vibe with Zoe Ellis on top form. Soul fave Tommy Sims is at the mic for 'Home' – a gentle and reflective piece. Another highlight, amongst many, is the seductive 'The Lesson' which kind of brings to mind those great Quincy Jones 'Juke Joint' projects. In many ways that's a relevant comparison to make with the whole idea of Agapé Soul... a team of multi-talented artists committed to the ideas and concepts of the leader... a leader with a musical and spiritual vision: Darryl says: "My music itself is a conversation between musicians, who listen and respond to each other while also having a conversation with the audience and feeding off their energy. The conversation changes you, and those who listen will learn and be engaged in it for life. As AgapéSoul has grown, my idea as its producer was to incorporate into it the musicians I love and respect, integrate their vibe into the conversation and see what happens."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 09:28

 

STILL DANCING IN HEAVEN....

Monday, 16 July 2018 13:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA couple of weeks back we highlighted a new single from GEORGIE B's GROOVE ASSOCIATION, 'Dancing In Heaven'. The tune, in both its mixes, has won max airplay on all the real deal soul stations and been played to death by savvy club jocks.

Well to maintain the pressure , George has just released a third marvellous mix – "the big Jazz-funk mix". Clocking in at six and half minutes, it's perfect for the clubs and all best dance emporia. Head-nodding and foot-tapping, this cut features everything that's good about the modern soul groove – with the icing on the top coming via a tasty guitar featurette courtesy of Dave Mascall.

Remember, it's only available from George's own web site - www.georgiebmusic.com

Last Updated on Monday, 16 July 2018 13:24

 

STAND TOGETHER!

Monday, 16 July 2018 13:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe've been familiar with the work of New York based music all rounder, BEY BRIGHT since 2014. Via his own label Bright Vision Entertainment, he's released a slew of fine modern soul tunes – mostly under the banner "Nu Indie Soul " and Bey's latest offering maintains the quality of his previous work.

His new single is a throwback ballad with a hint of Philly about it; it's 'Together As One' – featuring committed vocals from long time collaborator, Nia Simmons. Bey describes the cut as; "a midtempo love groove, that attempts to recognize and celebrate the power of love and commitment within relationships at a time where so many are losing faith and hope in both love & partnerships."

Bey Bright – 'Together As One' via Bright Vision Entertainment- is out now

 

FREEDOM DANCE.....

Monday, 16 July 2018 13:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBeen a while since we last heard from the prolific ED THE RED (aka Edward Golstman, owner of Bottom Line Records). Time was when every month seemed to bring a new Ed tune.... well, now he's back and with a proper bang!

His latest offering is a disco-influenced soulful house extravaganza- 'Dance For Your Freedom'. Oddly, it comes in just two mixes – the breathtaking "main mix" and the more soulful (but still hectic and housiefied) "dub mix".

ED THE RED - DANCE FOR YOUR FREEDOM - BOTTOM LINE – out now

 

    

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