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Monday, 05 December 2016 18:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLATRESE BUSH is the latest soulstress to get in the Christmas spirit as she releases a sweet 'n' soulful seasonal ballad, 'My Merry Christmas'.

We first got to know about Ms Bush via the slinky, smooth ballad 'The Best', which featured on Expansion's 2016 'Luxury Soul' album. Since then her duet with Noel Gourdin, 'Because Of You' topped all the soul charts while her version of Ruben Stoddard's 'Love I Can Sing About' won her even more friends.

'My Merry Christmas', which features Bob Baldwin on keys, is a classic Christmas ballad and those already familiar with Latrese will presume that she delivers soulfully... she does! If you aren't yet aware of her... now's a great time to get acquainted with Latrese Bush.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 19:01



Monday, 05 December 2016 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBrit soul brand leader, OMAR has a new album, 'Love In Beats', scheduled for early 2017 release. The set is already causing a buzz in the soul world with tracks like the gentle, shuffling 'Hold Me Closer' winning air play on the more discerning radio stations.

The 12 track LP boasts an impressive guest list. Helping Mr Lye Fook MBE deliver his unique sound are (amongst others) Natasha Watts, the Floacist, Robert Glasper and the legendary Leon Ware who helps out on the lovely 'Gave My Heart'.

OMAR'S LOVE IN BEATS will be released on Freestyle Records on January 27th.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 19:02



Monday, 05 December 2016 18:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLANU is the alter ego of prolific Aussie muso, LANCE FERGUSON. Ferguson, of course, is one of the main men in antipodean soul and funk outfit, THE BAMBOOS while he also collaborates with Cookin' On 3 Burners. Busy man, Lance also works on his own using the Lanu alias and as Lanu, he's just released his third LP... 'The Double Sunrise'.

The album's title is derived, we're told, from the golden age of aviation... when flyers en route to Europe from Australia would see two sunrises in 24 hours.

Musically, though, the album is totally contemporary with guest input from vocalists Megan Washington and Melanie Pain. The overall sound is a lot less funky than the typical Bamboos/Lanu flavour. Here expect something a lot more down tempo... exotic even, like the light Latin flavoured 'Arrow' that's already picking up airplay.

LANU'S THE DOUBLE SUNRISE is out now on Pacific Theatre Records.



Sunday, 04 December 2016 14:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's just over 25 years since an album icon of Brit soul was released.... 'The Chimes' by THE CHIMES. The band was essentially a trio ... Mike Peden, James Locke and Pauline Henry and back in 1990 cuts from the album were being played out everywhere. Their version of U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' scaled the charts and even hard-to-please Bono was heard to say how much he loved the Chimes' version.

To celebrate the anniversary, bbr records have just reissued the album ... along with a plethora of bonus cuts (see our "Reviews" section). Now old soul heads are once more enjoying some original and ground breaking Brit soul and we felt we couldn't let the anniversary go by without finding out a bit more about the elusive and short-lived Chimes. After considerable detective work we tracked down singer, PAULINE HENRY and fired all kinds of questions at her. First, though, we wanted to know how she felt about the album reissue after all this time....

The reissue came about when a fan reminded me that it was "The Chimes 25 years anniversary, and how nice it would be to see the Chime reunite!" So I initiated the idea with Sony Music about a re- licence, and that is when BBR Records and Cherry Red got involved. And you know I am excited about it for many reasons. Firstly because the Chimes did not fulfil their potential. We signed to Columbia for a five-album record deal but we only made our one "brilliant" album. So the reissue with the un-released songs and re mixes on feels like the second album that never was. I get to savour tracks I have long since forgotten about. I'm totally loving "Stay", "Stronger" and 'No Need To Pretend'. It takes me back to the innocent and early days of the Chimes. Secondly, too, we are gaining new audiences as well as re engaging our established fan base. Thirdly, re-working the songs gives them a new lease of life.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 December 2016 15:14



Friday, 02 December 2016 17:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJust a quick seasonal reminder that one of last year's big Christmas tunes..... 'CHRISTMAS CHEER' from the legendary SANTA & THE SWEET RHYTHMS BAND is being reissued in a subtly remixed format to raise even more money for the MacMillan Cancer Charity.

Last year a troupe of Brit soul mainstays (Gospel singer, Roger Samuels, Leanne McCrei and Solar and Jazz FM DJs John Osborne, Tony Monson, Gary Spence, Roni O Brien, Dennis O' Brien, Clive R, and Mike Gee) got together to record a bit of seasonal nonsense.... but there's no denying there were soul credentials a-plenty in the tune.

The new version of 'Christmas Cheer' is available right now on iTunes and, remember, every penny goes to the MacMillan Charity.




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