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DON’T YOU KNOW?

Monday, 24 September 2018 17:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in August we were delighted to learn that everybody's favourite East Anglian soul boys, THE DOGGETT BROTHERS (Greg and Carl) were working on a new album.... to be called 'Get High'. The ten tracker is set for UK release at the end of September and they announced its imminent arrival with the release of the title track as a single. It's a great little mover with a fab vocal from Nate James and served as a wonderful hors'd'oeuvre for the LP.

Well, the album will shortly be with us but as a little extra teaser, the Doggetts have just released another single from the set..... a gorgeous ballad, 'Don't You Know' which features a slinky and sensual soulful vocal from Jarrod Lawson. With sweet strings and lashings of painful tenderness, it's quite different from what we've come to expect from the Brothers D. Yes, we loved the 'Colours' ballad, 'Two In My Life', but 'Don't You Know' is something quite special ... haunting and emotion-tugging... proper soul music!

 

IT’S A STEAL

Monday, 24 September 2018 17:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Steal The Show' is the newest album from Bristol duo, THE ALLERGIES. The pair are old school spinners and beat thieves... DJ "Roy" Moneyshot and DJ "Adam" Rackabeat. They came together in 2010 via their mutual love of classic hip-hop and their debut album was 2015's 'As We Do Our Thing', which fast became 6 Music's "Album Of The Week" and I-tunes' best selling hip hop album of the month. Their second set was 'Push On' which won the duo plenty of plays and lots of coverage in the music mags and the serious newspapers.

The 13 tracker that is 'Steal The Show' continues the momentum and vibe of the Allergies' first two efforts. Mr Moneyshot says: "We like breaks, funky basslines, horns and dance floor grooves. We're inspired by the golden eras of funk, soul, disco and hip-hop and we try and cram all that into three and a half minutes". And you know that is an almost perfect description of each track on 'Steal The Show'.

Hear the amalgam at its best and toughest on 'Can't Keep Working This Hard' and 'Dance Now' - both featuring a funky and feisty unnamed femme vocalist. The crazy closer 'Samba Fox' throws in even more (including, obviously, a Rio samba school) but for something a little different try 'Let's Drive'.... not quite classic soul, not quite Steely Dan.... but interesting. Indeed the music of 'Steal The Show' is almost like lots of other stuff, but, oddly, like nothing else. The album will be available on Jalapeno Records from September 28th.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 18:01

 

GET LUCKY....

Monday, 24 September 2018 15:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest long player from LUCKY BROWN and the S Gs is a quaint, old school instrumental 12 tracker, 'Mesquite Suite'.

The album is Lucky's third and follows 2011's 'Space Dream' and 2015's 'Mystery Road'. His PR people describe his sound as James Brown meets Fela Kuti and listening in you can hear where they're coming from..... loose funk with all kinds of everything thrown in!

Lucky says his music is: "a rejection of the elitism, classicism and status of the music industrial complex and is the antitoxin to its resultant homogeneity"..... wow. See if he's right by visiting www.TRAMPRECORDS.com

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 18:02

 

IT TAKES TWO

Monday, 24 September 2018 15:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest offering from soul entrepreneur PRESTON GLASS is another album of downtime soul duets from some of indie soul's top artists. Several of the long player's cuts have been available already as singles – notably Brenda Lee Eager and Grady Harrell's 'Always On The Lookout For Love'. Proper soul seekers might also be familiar with Chubby Tavares' duet with Patti Brooks, 'Love Is Healing'.

For the rest well, the music and the productions don't push any envelopes – but if you like grown up modern soul this is worth investigating. As an example, there's a take on 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' (courtesy of Angel Rose and Tony Lindsey) and though it doesn't offer anything new, it's still a lovely little cut. By the way, Preston Glass himself takes to the mic... he puts himself up front on 'Nothing Like It (Love)' on which his vocal partner is Talita Long.

Preston Glass Duets 2 album is out now

Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2018 16:04

 

JOURNERYMAN....

Saturday, 22 September 2018 18:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altAll the predictions, it seems, are coming true. Before release and after sneak previews, the US soul pundits were tipping a new album from Atlanta soul man JERMAINE ROBBINS to become one of the really big albums of 2018. After just a few weeks, 'THE JOURNEY WITHIN' is already scaling all the credible soul charts and savvy radio jocks are cherry picking tracks to play out regularly.

The amazing thing is that Jermaine is relatively unknown. He describes himself as an "artist, arranger, producer, entertainer, and lyrical theorist" and tells us that he got the music bug aged just 5 doing Marvin Gaye and Jackson Five routines for his family. After winning local talent shows, young Jermaine was soon on the road with a band called Full Deck. Then a solo career beckoned. His first album was 'Reflections of My Soul' which was followed by an EP and a clutch of singles that all sold well in and around Atlanta.

Now, 'The Journey Within' is all set to bring young Jermaine to a much bigger audience. Up top we said that the radio spinners were "cherry picking" songs from off the 10 tracker.... well, that's not quite right. You see with 'The Journey Within' there's no need to "cherry pick". NIne of the cuts are wonderful modern soul creations while 'She Wants That Good Life' is a clever take on contemporary R&B; put simply, though, there's no filler here. Jermaine says: "It has always been disappointing to me to pick up an album that has only one or two good songs. I want to give listeners what they deserve. I want to touch all bases and give them variety. I want them to feel what I feel when I sing each song."

That said let's just point out a few of the album's really choice cuts. 'I Can't Get Enough' is a crisp, modern soul beater; 'I Love It' is a beautiful ballad; while 'Gave You All My Love' is a proper heart-breaker, reminding you of why you got into soul music in the first place.

On those tracks and indeed throughout the album, you'll constantly be making comparison with a certain Michael Jackson. Jermaine's vocal timbre and approach as well as his song construction bear uncanny resemblances to the MJ's very best work. He, I'm sure, would have been proud to have, made an album like this; I also contend that in the whole of Michael's catalogue there isn't a more properly soulful track than Jermaine's 'Gave You All My Love'. Yes, it's that good. You must investigate.

JERMAINE ROBBINS - JOURNEY WITHIN - OUT NOW

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2018 18:44

 

    

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