Soul and Jazz and Funk

STILL GROOVING’

Saturday, 09 December 2017 16:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Tis the season of the remix! Re-tweaks, re-toolings and re-imaginings of top tunes are coming thick and fast – just in time for the Festive Season soul nights and parties.

The latest outfit to take the remix trip is the GEORGIE B led GROOVE ASSOCIATION. UK soul fans – especially those down in the South East- know all about Mr B and his band and this year their album 'Soul Family Affair' won huge acclaim – witnessed by the fact that tunes from it were licensed by Expansion for their modern soul genre defining 'Soul Togetherness' and 'Luxury Soul' albums.

Well, busy old George has been beavering away in his Second Image Studio and come up with a whole "new" long player ... well not really "new" – but a remix of the original! Amongst the highlights are a lovely "Soul Weekender" mix of 'Mystery Girl' which really does evoke the memories of those 80s Weekenders and a sweet n' smooth "Sweet Temptation" mix of 'Secret Love'. If you like it slow n' smoochy you'll also love the jazzy "For The Love Of You" mix of 'I Gotta Thing For You' where the obvious reference point is the classic Isleys/Whitney tune

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 December 2017 16:42

 

PROVIDING SOUL!

Saturday, 09 December 2017 16:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in the summer we highlighted a promising American blue-eyed soulster DANNY KEAN. Danny's from Farmingdale, New York and, blind since birth, he mastered the piano at an early age. Blessed with perfect pitch, he soon found a job on Sesame Street (honest!) and was soon playing the bars and lounges of New York City. Since then Danny's worked with people like Maxine Brown, Lenny Kravitz, Steve Harvey and Gary US Bonds and fronted his own band, Danny Kean and Friends. He released a solo album back in 2011 and since then his talent has taken him to festivals and gigs worldwide.

Since summer, Danny's been promoting a new EP 'Here It Is' and from it we were particularly impressed by the jaunty Motown-esque 'I Can't Wait'. The latest single from the EP is different all together. 'Soul Provider' (not the Michael Bolton song) is a moody, broody affair with a poignant, double-edged lyric.

DANNY KEAN; SOUL PROVIDER is out now

 

ONLY HEARSAY!

Friday, 08 December 2017 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWow... it's thirty years since ALEXANDER O'NEAL released his iconic 'Hearsay' album. Boasting tunes like 'Criticise', 'Sunshine', Fake' , 'The Lovers' and 'Never Knew Love Like This Before' the set was a proper soul landmark. To celebrate the anniversary of the album, Alex has been touring but he's also found time to get into the studio to re-record the whole thing!

The new set, imaginatively titled 'Hearsay 30', was recorded in Manchester and helmed by Alexander Johnson who doesn't stray too far from the original Jam and Lewis template. No Cherelle on the recording, of course. Her place on the duets is taken by London based soulstress, Kristin Hosein.

Alex will continue to tour through 2018 alongside his nine piece band, Mamma Freedom and he tells us that he's working on a brand new album - 'Resurrected'. In the meantime we can all enjoy one more time the magic that was 'Hearsay' .

Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 20:04

 

DREAMING!

Friday, 08 December 2017 19:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'AM I DREAMING?' is the title of a wonderful, new 3 CD, 80 track compilation that looks at the British girl pop sound of the 60s. The music spans all kinds of genres, sounds and styles but, inevitably, there's plenty in the mix to interest serious soul collectors.

First up, being the 60s you get lots and lots of covers. So enjoy Sue and Sunshine's take of Alder Ray's 'A Little Love', Cilla Black's version of Arthur Alexander's 'Shot Of Rhythm And Blues' and Martha and the Vandellas' 'Heatwave', Louise Cordet's spin on Mary Wells' 'Two Lovers' or Elkie Brooks' reading of Etta James' 'Something's Got A Hold On Me'. Then there's music from home grown soul singers – relative unknowns like Squibby and the Reflections (the only UK act to have a release on CBS soul subsidiary, Direction) and Kim Davis alongside bigger names like Maxine Nightingale, Kiki Dee and dear old Dusty Springfield.

You also get lashings of great pop from famous names like Petula Clarke, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shapiro and Marianne Faithfull who're cheek by jowl with 60s pop wannabees....such as Barbara Ewing, Antoinette, Truly Smith, Sue Wilshaw, Judi Scott and Maynell Wilson who offers maybe the most interesting cut for soul collectors. Her offering is called 'Motown Feeling' – nothing to do with Motown really; it's a 1967 British take on pop soul ... yes, "interesting".

'AM I DREAMING?' is out now on RPM Records

Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 20:15

 

FUNK IT UP!

Friday, 08 December 2017 19:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Funk It Up' is the latest release from SoulFusionSeven – you probably remember their UK Soul #1 'Summer Breeze' and the equally tight 'Steppin' Up My Love'. The new tune is another band original from bassist/songwriter John Saltwell and lyricist Paul Baker but despite its title it's not funk as we know it. Rather this one is a sleazy, slinky groove with a sultry vocal from an unknown (at least on my copy) female diva... tasty though!

SoulFusionSeven - Funk It Up – on DSG is out now

 

    

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