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Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

DeCree_image_logotypeDECREE is a new kid on the London soul block but he's about to establish himself as "name" with his upcoming tune, 'Don't Leave Me'.

Brand new it (and he) maybe but the team behind matters have been around for quite a while. 'Don't Leave Me', you see, is the product of the FULL INTENTION team, who punters of a certain vintage will remember via their work with people like Jennifer Lopez, George Michael and Jamiroquai.

But that was then and 'Don't Leave Me' is very now! In its original incarnation, the tune rides a great 80s soul weekender vibe... tight beats, passionate vocal and a veneer of sophistication. However to keep everyone happy, Full Intention have also crafted a full on house vocal mix which features some classic mad piano!

I'll pass on the house mix but give a huge thumbs up to the original and with a Soul Asylum and a Met Life Philly style mixes on the way, things look god for Mr DeCree.

Both mixes will be available from December 28th

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:29



Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1gbThe evergreen soul and jazz legend, GEORGE BENSON returns to the UK next year for a seven date tour that kicks off in Liverpool on 20th June and ends at the Albert Hall on 28th June.

Tickets are on sale now and the tour dates are:

JUNE 2016

20th - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

21st - Gateshead Sage

22nd - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

24th - Manchester Bridgewater Hall

25th - Bournemouth BIC

27th - Birmingham Symphony Hall

28th - London Royal Albert Hall

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:23



Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

SMI_Machine_artwork-low_res_1STREETS MADE INNOVATORS (SMI) are a UK production duo composed of Leon Vandol and James 'Carnage' Carn. The pair are from London and were formed in 2012 after being introduced by a mutual friend.

Carn is a respected session guitarist while Vandol specialises in crafting beats. They discovered a shared love of all things soulful, jazzy and funky and so SMI was born. They're about to launch their debut EP, 'Machine' and from it the single 'Morning Light' is already turning heads. It's a rough and bumpy contemporary soul vibe with a tough edged vocal from Rotimo

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 November 2015 15:24



Thursday, 26 November 2015 16:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

LAmourDisco_ft_Andrea_Love_No_Regrets_Cover_copyOne of 2015's biggest soulful house anthems was 'No Regrets' from L'AMOUR DISCO with vocal from Chicago soul diva, ANDREA LOVE. Now in time for the upcoming big party season, the tune gets several makeovers from some of the newest and most celebrated remix teams... people like BKT, Tekky Vibez and Geekski .

L'Amour Disco is the pseudonym of London based producer/session musician, Markus Williams while Andrea Love is a gospel-reared Chicago singer/songwriter whose CV includes sessions with people like George Duke, Terri Lyne Carrington, Chante Moore, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams and Frank McComb.

'No Regrets' is a big, uplifting tune with each of the new mixes bringing something extra out of it. For instance, the BKT tweak has a Latino flavour, while the Tekky Vibe mix is, yes, a touch techno! Most soulful outing is from Geeski who creates a real 80s weekender party vibe. However, what is important is that each of the new mixes retain all the passion and soulful delivery of Ms Love... shades of the great Ann Nesby!

'No Regrets (Remixes)' will be released on promo 20th November / full release 4th December 2015 on La Danse Music.



Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

gap-bandRemember the GAP BAND? Sure you do. Everyone on the planet knows their bumpy, funky, disco ride 'Oops Upside Your Head' but more discerning soul fans will know the band's core members -RONNIE and CHARLIE WILSON - have been in the news much more recently when they received massive royalties and writing credits from Mark Ronson. The pair claimed (and, clearly, Ronson agreed) that Ronson's huge hit 'Uptown Funk' borrowed heavily from their aforementioned 'Oops'.

Clearly fans of litigation it seems that the Gap boys are due back in court. US agencies are reporting that Ronnie is now all set to sue brother Charlie! As aforementioned discerning soul fans know Charlie Wilson, of late, has enjoyed a healthy solo career ('Hey Lover', 'I Still Have You' anybody?).

Ronnie, it seems, is alleging that Charlie's solo success is hindering his (Ronnie's) ability to book gigs as "The New Gap Band". In particular Ron cites two shows when he says Charlie actively interfered to get the shows cancelled! Clearly the grievance runs deep and at its centre is who exactly has the rights to use the "Gap Band" moniker. It's the kind of dispute that has always plagued soul music.... cue "The Platters", "The Drifters", "The Temptations" et al. At the end of the day everybody's a loser... especially the fans! Whatever happened to "Brotherly Love" ... a great Main Ingredient song, by the way, and didn't they fall out over the same issues?

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 14:33




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