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Friday, 04 September 2015 19:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

datauri-file'I Can't Wait' is the new single from THE GROOVE ASSOCIATION – the band fronted by UK soul and funk legend Georgie B (George Bromfield).

George's band enjoyed big success last year with their album '3AM' and they're set to emulate that success when 'I Can't Wait' hits the sales racks in October. The tune is a slinky, smooth soul groove with some great sax and a real sensual feel – perfect for the upcoming Autumn evenings

Make a note of the tune now and you can catch George and the band live @ London's 'Under the Bridge' on Friday 6th November 2015. Full details from the venue!



Friday, 04 September 2015 19:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

figANTON FIG is one of America's most celebrated drummers. In demand for all kinds of sessions and a TV regular (he was the house drummer on the David Letterman show for 29 years!); he also made his own forays into the recording studio.

Back in 2002 he released a long player called 'Figments'. The 13 tracker was a limited edition and soon sold out. It's now something of a collectors' item and to meet demand, Planula Records have now reissued it.

The album is a complex piece of work but its USP is the extraordinary guest list. Helping Fig deliver his sonics are icons like Richie Havens, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Al Kooper, Donald Duck Dunn, Ace Frehley and Brian Wilson.

Soul collectors will also be interested to learn that Ivan Neville is featured vocalist on one of the LP's funkiest cuts, 'Inside Out'.

ANTON FIG'S 'Figments' is out now

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 19:42



Thursday, 03 September 2015 18:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

cwCANDACE WOODSON is a southern soul singer who came to the business via the tried and tested gospel route debuting in churches in her Paducah, Kentucky home.

A music graduate of the Tennessee State University in Nashville, Candace is currently putting the finishing touches to her second LP from which she's just released the first single.... an insistent mid-tempo groove called 'Free'. It's not the Deneice Williams' classic – Candace's 'Free' is tougher and grittier with some pulsing brass notes and, we're told, that the lyric really is intensely personal. Yes, we all want to be free to be ourselves but Candace has, thankfully, just been given the all clear from a life threatening cancer.... she truly is "free". Let's hope it stays that way.

Her new album will be a celebration of her new freedom and with a Tom Glide remix of 'Free' on the way, Candace is riding a new wave of optimism!



Thursday, 03 September 2015 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

sdSWAMP DOGG is not everyone's cup of soul tea! The music of the man born Jerry Williams Jr, is never an easy listen chiefly because he's never been scared to confront and challenge – musically and lyrically.

Hear that style perfectly on the first ever reissue of his 1981 album, 'I'm Not Sellin' Out, I'm Buying In'. The album was originally released on John Fahey's Takoma label and without any singles to help promote it,the 9 tracker sunk without trace (something Mr Williams was used to in his long career).

Listen in now though and you'll hear Swampy at his very best – confrontational, challenging and ironic in equal measures. Hear it right away on the anti-love song 'The Love We Got Ain't Worth Two Dead Flies' (a duet with Esther Philips) and if you want more great tiles try 'California Is Drowning And I Live Down By The River' or 'Low Friends In High Places' . Other stuff - like 'Sexy, Sexy, Sexy #3' and 'Swamping Salutations' need no explanations!

The album is out now, on Ace/Takoma

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 September 2015 18:43



Monday, 31 August 2015 18:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

2_badNovember sees the release of ANGIE STONE'S new album 'Dream' on Shanachie Records. In the meantime the label has just released the set's first single, a wonderfully sensuous slowie called 'Two Bad Habits'.

The cut is already being played regularly on the very best soul stations – notably Jazz FM and little wonder. It's a great piece of work and Angie's right back on top form as she soulfully coos her way through a clever lyric that lists all kinds of "bad habits".... including, of course, falling in love.

'Two Bad Habits' is available via all the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 18:09




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