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STAY COOL THIS YULE!

Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

CoolMillion_Cover_2400x2400Px_72dpi-Screen_1After what seems (for them) a period of inactivity the COOL MILLION boys (Rob Hardt and Frank Ryle) are back with a vengeance as they unleash a brand new single – the pulsing 'Dontcha Wanna Dance'... much, much better than the sad headline to this story!

Baltimore's Marc Evans (remember his input on the spectacular 'The Way U Love Me'?) supplies the soulful vocal and Rob and Frank craft the classic Cool Million backdrop – with a retro feel, the tune's ultra catchy, the horns fills are powerful , the bass lopes gracefully and the beats are right on the current modern soul vibe. In short, it's a fab tune and it arrives in a number of clever mixes.

'Dontcha Wanna Dance' is the lead single from Cool Million's upcoming long player – 'No Ordinary Music' and it sonically sums up the Cool Million mission statement.... "Taking Soul Music Back To The Future".

COOL MILLION'S 'DONTCHA WANNA DANCE' will be available from 16th December on Sed Soul/Peppermint Jam Records.

 

THAT’S JAZZ ... IN WALES

Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

llan_jazz_festCalon Promotions in association with Shades of Soul Ltd and with the kind permission of Mostyn Estates Ltd, have just announced the inaugural Llandudno Jazz Festival to take place on the weekend of 24-26th July 2015.

The festival will be held opposite the beach at Bodafon Fields right on the Promenade in lovely old Llandudno.... "The Queen of Welsh resorts".

Organizers are confident that the Llandudno Jazz Festival will become a Mecca for the adventurous modern jazz connoisseur; on top of all the music, though, it promises to be a great weekend away in a gorgeous, traditional seaside setting.

Llandudno Jazz Festival will feature a wealth of the best loved British Jazz Stars in the main Festival Marquee, but there will also be exclusive and intimate concerts around the pretty Victorian seaside resort.

The promoters have already booked over 40 of the best and most celebrated jazz artists the UK has to offer. Headline acts include - Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, Neil Yates, Art Themen, Denys Baptiste, and Peter King.

More information: www.llandudnojazzfestival.com

 

ROYAL FLUSH!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

2kTWO KINGS featuring THE QUEEN is a new soulful house team made up of Purple Music label boss, Jamie Lewis, Fabulous Keys (aka Fabio Fragapane) and vocalist Tanja Danker.

Lewis has been making music for over 20 years and his latest high-profile commission was recording and mixing Prince's last album, 'Plectrumelctrum'. In 1997 he formed his own label – Purple Music. The label boasts a catalogue of over 450 releases including artists such as Prince, Cerrone, Bob Sinclar, Dimitri from Paris and Ann Nesby. As a remixer he has reworked songs for people like Cerrone and Nile Rogers and Bob Sinclar; as A DJ, Jamie is as popular as he was two decades ago.

Singer Tanja Dankner is a Swiss Soul and Pop singer while Fabulous Keys has toured as a supporting act for the likes of Ronny Jordan, Chaka Khan, Marla Glenn, Sheila E., James Brown, and Candy Dulfer among others.

All 3 artists have been friends and performed many times together for years. Recently when Tanja set about making a new album, she began working with regular collaborator Keys and then invited Jamie Lewis to be part of the project, thus, 2 Kings Feat. The Queen was born.

The threesome are working on their first album which is prefaced with the just released title cut, 'Say Yes'. The tune is an energized, edgy workout with a hint of disco and a recurring brass sample from an unnamed soul classic... could it be 'I'll Take You There'? That sample gives the thing a real 60s feel and sensible Djs will have this in their boxes for the upcoming Yule fest!

Two Kings Feat. The Queen 'Say Yes' is out now on Purple Music.

 

ME & LUTHER; FONZI SPEAKS ...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

fLuther Vandross was taken from us at the all too young an age of 54. He did, however, leave a huge musical legacy that is revered by soul fans worldwide. Always there helping him to craft his special brand of sweet soul was his life-long friend, super session singer - FONZI THORNTON.

Fonzi, of course, didn't just work with Luther. He also worked with people like Diana Ross, Chic, Ray Charles, Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson, Will Downing, R Kelly, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Aretha and many more. It is, however, his work with Vandross that is most fondly remembered and his contribution to the great man's work has been brought into sharp focus with the release of a new Luther 'Greatest Hits' album.... and to make the release that more meaningful, Mr Thornton has been speaking to the media about the music on the memory-jerking 17 tracker. First, however, he told us about his relationship with Luther...

Luther and I grew up as best friends; I met him when I was 13 years old, he was 14. I was in his first vocal group called The Shades of Jade. His sister Anne lived across the street from me in the NYC Projects. A girl I went to church with introduced me to him; I went over to sing with him and got in his group. We did talent shows; we came in second at the Apollo Theatre amateur night and so I knew him from us being teenagers. I sang on all of his albums, we wrote songs together, yeah I knew him his entire life.

And did you work with him on ALL his songs?

Yes absolutely, yes all of his songs. I was involved on some level at least with the singing of all the songs and in the latter years, the last four albums I was involved with writing, co-writing some of the songs on the albums. We knew each very well for a long time.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:22

 

BASHIYRA: Still Not Wrong

Monday, 24 November 2014 13:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

bash_remixLast month we highlighted a steamy, soulful single from London-based singer BASHIYRA. The tune, 'Just Can't Be Wrong', from the lady's 2015-due long player on Herb Middleton's NuVybe label, won the hearts of, shall we say, the "more traditional" soul fans fed up with the usual, clichéd tunes that masquerade as soul.

Said "traditionalists" will be delighted to know that the song is soon to be made available in two new, sparkling remixes. First there's a catchy, gimmick-free tweak from Mr. Bashiyra (Cosmo); then a great, crisp re-work from the Soultalk crew..... proper modern soul, if you would!

The usual download portals will give you access to 'Just Can't Be Wrong'.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 14:05

 

    

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