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Monday, 18 August 2014 09:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

deeQUEEN DEE AND THE HORNETS are the newest band on the London soul and funks scene. The nine piece are fronted by big-voiced Denise Gillies and they've just released their debut EP –a four tracker under the collective title 'Headturner'.

The music on the mini album is raw tough and basic with the rumbling 'You Just Fooled Me' standing out. This one has a hint of 'Masterblaster' Stevie Wonder about it, while the flavour on 'Move It Shake It' is almost Caribbean. The skanking is much pronounced on 'I Found Him' though there's still that tough funk edge to the cut. The set's completed with a stark, bluesy 'Headturner' on which Dee's vocal is complemented by some writhing brass riffing.

Throughout, the band are tight and soulful - no wonder they've played with people like Gregory Porter, Pee Wee Ellis and someone called Olly Murs!

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 10:01



Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

n_soulAt last the much publicised Northern Soul feature film and linked-in soundtrack is all set for UK release.

The film, 'Northern Soul' has been directed by Elaine Constantine and stars James Langridge and Ricky Tomlinson and previews reveal that it's a reasonably accurate portrayal of one of the UK's most potent and unique youth sub cultures. The movie tells the story of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. We'll wait till we've seen the movie before we comment on that but in the meantime Harmless Records have secured the rights to the soundtrack which will have official release on September 15th.

The album is a 2CD + DVD package which celebrates all the key Northern Soul tracks from the film, including two until-now-hard-to-find-on-CD tunes - James Fountain's 'Seven Day Lover' and The Montclair's 'Hung Up On Your Love'. The additional DVD features bonus film material including an exclusive interview with Elaine by actor James Lance who plays top Northern Soul DJ Ray Henderson in the film. The package also comes with a 20 page booklet written by Gareth Sweeney – co-author of the bestselling accompanying book to the film.

Collectors will also, we're sure, like to know that Harmless are also issuing the soundtrack in vinyl. With 7" vinyl recordings at the core of the Northern scene, there'll be 14 x 7" discs in full pic-sleeves featuring key scenes from the film, together with a specially commissioned 60 page hardback book of film stills edited and re-touched by director, Elaine herself. Housed in a solid collector's box, these 14 discs represent 28 Northern Soul classics - many of which are making their legal UK release for the very first time including tracks from Lou Pride, Gwen Owens, Freddy Chavez, The Luther Ingram Orchestra, Eddie Parker, The Salvadors and Sam Dees. The Dees' track, by the way is his debut 45, 'Lonely For You Baby'.


Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:54



Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

jarrod1Dome Records newest signing , soul-jazz singer JARROD LAWSON, arrives in the UK in October for a couple of prestigious shows in support of his self-titled debut album which has already hit No 1 on Amazon's Soul Albums chart.

Jarrod has already shared stages with the likes of Bilal, Average White Band, Angelique Kidjo and Ronnie Laws and even played at his hero Stevie Wonder's birthday party. Here, in the UK, he'll be playing Ronnie Scott's Club on Saturday 4th October and Manchester's Band On The Wall on Thursday October 9th.

Like his heroes Stevie and Donny Hathaway, Jarrod is a multi-faceted artist and for his Ronnie's debut, the blue-eyed soul singer will perform tracks from that chart-topping debut. His band will include Josh Corry, drums, Chris Freisen bass, Chance Hayden, guitar and featured guest, trumpeter Farnell Newton who himself has toured with the likes of Jill Scott and Bootsy Collins.

Check with both venues for full details.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:54



Friday, 15 August 2014 17:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

t1Musician TUNDE RA ALEEM died on Thursday August 14th. Few details are known but his death was announced on the internet by one time collaborator, soul singer Leroy Burgess.

Burgess posted; "I get a call on my cell 30 minutes ago from a number I don't recognize. I pick up. It's Ron Green (Captain Rock). He's crying... hard to make out. Before I can ask him what's wrong, he tells me. Tunde Ra has been called back home by the FATHER."

Tunde Ra Aleem – a keyboardist and vocalist – worked with his identical twin brother Taharqa (they were born Albert and Arthur Allen). One of their first musical experiences was with Jimi Hendrix (they shared an apartment with him) and they went on to work with people like Rick James and Kashif. The duo also formed a band , The Ghetto Fighters and set up their own label – Nia Records. There, teaming up with ex Black Ivory main man, Leroy Burgess they recorded under the name The Aleems and scored hits with 'Love Shock' and 'Love's On Fire'. Confusingly they also recorded as The Fantastic Aleems and cuts like 'Hooked On Your Love' and 'Get Down Friday Night' became dance club staples. Interestingly both tunes were recently remixed by John Morales and music legend has it that 'Hooked On Your Love' showcased Luther Vandross's first recorded work as their backup singer.

The Aleem twins also worked as producers working with acts like Fonda Rae, Caprice, Captain Rock and Process and the Doo Rags while the Nia label became home to rappers such as Marley Marl and MC Shan. The Aleems also worked with a duo known as Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jeckyll was actually Andre Herrell, who 10 years later founded UpTown Records and then would, for a short time, become CEO of Motown Records.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 18:01



Friday, 15 August 2014 14:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Candi_S_Life_coverSouthern soul sweetheart, CANDI STATON - whose big hits include the evergreen disco anthem, 'Young Hearts Run Free' - returns with her 29th album, 'Life Happens,' on the singer's own Beracah label on October 27th. It reunites the Alabama singer with legendary producer, Rick Hall, who was a musical mentor to her in the late '60s and early '70s when she recorded for the producer's FAME imprint.

Ms. Staton flies to the UK at the end of August to appear at Bongo Bongos in Hull (August 30th) followed by dates at Dublin's Sugar Club (Wed 3rd September), the Isle of Wight's Bestival (main stage, Saturday 6th September), London's Jazz Café (Monday 8th September) and Glasgow's The Ferry (Wednesday 10th September).




Look out for an  interview with Candi Staton and a review of the album soon at SJF...

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 14:20




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