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MUSIC AND LIFE!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOne of the the big albums from the back end of last year was the 13 track celebration of Cuba music, 'TWO BEATS ONE SOUL'. Tracks from the Ray and Vivian Scott Chew helmed long player kept plenty of dance floors busy over the festive season. Now one of the set's cuts has won a remix courtesy of a certain LOUIE VEGA.

He's chosen the frothy Anané vocalised 'Music And Life' to work and with plenty of his trademark percussion, Little Louie gets the beats going right away. They drive the tune onwards and upwards towards the ethereal climax that sees some crazy keys duel with a bonkers soprano sax (we think!)

This is the first remixed single from the album and will be available from the end of January.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:55

 

STILL FEELIN’ BEAUTIFUL!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast Autumn we reported on a comeback of sorts by RANDY MULLER. The brains behind bands like Brass Construction, Skyy, BT Express and  First Circle was promoting his new dance tune 'Beautiful Feelin''. With a big, big soul vocal from feisty Carolyn Harding, the cut in all its 5 mixes won lots of dance hall attention.

Since then Mr M's been mighty busy 'cos he's pushing the tune again.... this time via a huge 11 different mixes! Yep, something for everyone - there's the Deep House flavours of the Max Farrente Dub mix; there's a glossy disco flavour on Gino Bianchi's mix and plenty in between. We're guessing the soul crowd will dive straight for the two Philly flavoured remixes – zipping strings. danceable beats.... the lot!

The new mixes of Randy Muller's 'Beautiful Feelin'' are out now on Plaza records.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:56

 

EDWIN HAWKINS DIES....

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGospel legend EDWIN HAWKINS died on Tuesday 15th January in California. He was 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for some time. His family announced via social media; "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Edwin Hawkins –– a celebrated artist, innovator, and music icon. Though he will be greatly missed the world over, the message of love, life, and encouragement that he incorporated into his music gives us all the same hope that we'll join him in heaven and sing 'Oh Happy Day.'"

Edwin Reuben Hawkins was born in Oakland, California in 1943 and as a child sang with his neighbourhood church choir. With Betty Watson, Edwin went on to form the California State Youth Choir of the Church of God in Christ. Then, with the Edwin Hawkins Singers, he released the album 'Let Us Go Into The House of the Lord' which featured the song 'Oh Happy Day'. The song went on to become a worldwide hit. In 1969, 'Oh Happy Day' reached No.4 on the U.S. charts, and No.2 on the U.K. charts and Hawkins was awarded a Grammy for the song. Hawkins himself was surprised by the success: "My mother had an old hymnal and I had a knack for rearranging hymns. 'Oh Happy Day' was an old hymn and I rearranged it. It was actually one of the least likely songs to become a hit. There were some much stronger songs on there."

In the ensuing years Edwin Hawkins became one of the most influential men in Gospel, credited with bringing the music to a wider audience and helping pave the way for what came to be known as "urban gospel". He won the ASCAP Gospel Icon Award and the President's Merit Award, and he was an inductee in the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

It's known that Hawkins had been ill for some time. He's survived by his siblings Carol, Feddie, Daniel, and Lynette.

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SWEET LITTLE LIES….

Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest offering form DJ Spen's Quantize label is an uplifting ditty by the name of 'Lies'. The tune's been crafted by a top team of SPEN, EARL TUTU and JOHN KHAN while the big vocals come courtesy of ASIA YARWOOD. Between them the gang tick all the boxes that make classy soulful house so irresistible.

As you can imagine the track comes in a plethora of remixes ...we counted at least 7 and not a lot to choose between them. Soul boys, we're guessing though, will opt for the "Groovy Soul" mix – a huge, optimistic anthem to get 2018 off to a flying start... and we're not lying!

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:34

 

SOUL.... STILL UNCOVERED

Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRight through 2017 we kept hearing a lot about Detroit jazz and soul singer KATHY KOSINS. Her breakthrough was the single, 'Could You Be Me' which won plenty of friends via its wonderful Opolopo remix.

The parent album was due last September but now we're firmly and finally promised a February delivery of the set - 'With My Uncovered Soul', named for the key cut 'Uncovered Soul' which we've been treated to already as a single. Right now, though, that single is being re-promoted via a classy and tight "SOULPERSONA Rare Groove" remix. Lazy and languid, it's bob on the current sophisticated modern soul vibe and features a tasty Ernie Isley – esque guitar solo on the run out groove.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:34

 

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