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Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIndie soul producer/singer/songwriter/performer, TY CAUSEY has been a soul connoisseurs favourite for a few years now. He débuted, you might remember,  in the late 90s working with Najee.

His own debut solo set was 2004's 'N-tysing' and since then a flow of classy albums has kept him popular with the cognoscenti who've dubbed him "Mr. Consistent". Most recently Mr C dueted with Ashanti Munir on the lovely 'Yesterday' while his 2009 'I Still Get Butterflies' remains a modern soul favourite.

Ty's current long player is 'Tyangles' and in an effort to bring his sophisticated brand of soul to a wider audience he's just released a lovely double A-sided single from it – 'Rock With Me / 'Ya Something Kind Of Wonderful'. There's little to choose between them – both ultra smooth and sophisticated with a real soul depth. Vocally I can hear shades of Maxwell, Howard Hewett and someone called Marvin Gaye (grab a listen to the end of 'Ya Something Kind Of Wonderful' to understand.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:04



Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHere's a real blast from the past... a single from CHUBBY TAVARES! Brother Chubby sang lead on plenty of Tavares' classics - "Check It Out', 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel and 'It Only Takes A Minute' amongst them. And now without too much of a fanfare he's releasing a single all on his own.

'Can't Knock Me Down'- a Preston Glass production – is a hypotonic modern soul dancer with a reflective, social lyric. It comes in a "Big City" mix and Chubby realises his current vocal limitations – with an approach that, in places, is semi sung/semi spoken. We're lovin' the suit too!!!

CHUBBY TAVARES – 'CAN'T KNOCK ME DOWN' - Big City Mix released 2nd June on DSG

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:04



Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf prizes were to awarded for being prolific in this crazy soul world, then ED THE RED (Edward Goltsman) would be a main contender.

Over the past several months he's offered us a slew of delights on his own Bottom Line Records... modern soul, soulful house and more remixes than you shake your proverbial stick at! His last outing was 'I Appreciate You' which featured a lovely, properly soulful vocal from a lady known as Ania. The good news is that Ed and Ania have teamed up again for a brand new release – a fab soul dancer, 'Keep On Taking It Easy'. It comes in a "Soul Mix" and a rolling "Steppers Mix" –and both tick all the modern soul boxes. And like 'I Appreciate You', the cherry on the cake is Ania's peculiarly frail but feisty soul vocal.

ED THE RED ft Ania – 'Keep On Taking It Easy' – out on Bottom Line records 5th June

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:05



Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF


2017 sees STAX RECORDS celebrate its 60TH ANNIVERSARY and to mark this auspicious landmark Concord Music Group and Rhino Entertainment are combining their talents to release a whole series of albums.... single artist sets, compilations, boxed collections and live performances. And in keeping with the modern way, select titles will also be a part of a unique vinyl initiative

Over the next 12 months "The Sax 60 celebration" will make available once again all the hits, classic deep soul and rare tracks from the Memphis label's heyday of the '60s and '70s.

The campaign begins with "the Stax Classics Series".... 10 albums that highlight the Stax careers of Otis Redding, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs, The Dramatics, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers.

Over the next 12 months soul fans will also be able to enjoy stuff like a vinyl pressing of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas' 'King & Queen' and a reissue of Melvin Van Peebles' soundtrack to the groundbreaking 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' movie... there's a whole lot more on the way too... all the details as we get 'em.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:06



Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPhoenix-born CLARENCE DANIELS was a bassist who, after relocating to Los Angeles in the 50s, put together his own big band - or as he liked to call it an "orchestra"! Never a musica l"name" Daniels and his team made a living playing the lounges and casinos of Reno and Las Vegas. He also recorded a couple of albums and, it seems, three singles. They meant nothing; he probably intended them as calling cards for his live shows – where he earned his bread and butter.

Fast forward to the crate digging generation, and Clarence Daniels' records are now in-demand! So, to satisfy, Ace Records have just issued a 20 track retrospective of Clarence Daniel's work. 'Hard Workin' is sub-titled "West Coast big band R&B grooves and jazz jump" and that just about sums up the sound which Daniel's band peddled. It seems that the tunes attracting the collectors are those that feature vocalists Obie Jessie and Sandy Miller though the cut that best represents Daniels' sound is the jazz/blues that is 'Hello California; on which Daniels himself offers a vocal that is pitched around a subdued Bobby Bland template.

THE CLARENCE DANIELS ORCHESTRA: 'Hard Workin .... West Coast big band R&B grooves and jazz jump' is out now on Ace Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 20:07




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