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OH MR PORTER!

Friday, 06 September 2019 09:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe classic songs of COLE PORTER have been recorded countless times by all kinds of artists in all kinds of ways, but I doubt if they've ever received the treatments they're given in a new 9 tracker, 'Call Porter' from Brazilian singer LICA CECATO and Italian multi instrumentalist PAOLO BALATARO and his Orchestra.

You see the pair came together to have some musical fun; to create what they call "crazy stuff" by taking a clutch of Porter standards and transposing them into, all kinds of musical genres – jazz, pop, chill out, Euro disco, heavy metal and even Merseybeat.

Lica and Paolo have paired Porter with the sounds of people like Genesis, Steely Dan, Burt Bacharach, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Sepultura and the Beatles and indeed it's the Fab Four/Cole Porter mash up that works the best! The duo take 'I Get A Kick Out Of You' and play it like it might have sounded in the famous Cavern circa 1964.... odd, yes, but it works! The coupling of 'Every Time We Say Goodbye' and Burt Bacharach's 'Wives And Lovers' has considerable charm and appeal too. No need to tell you the inspiration on this one.

Other tracks include a Steely Dan inspired version of 'Let's Misbehave', a Hendrix/Miles Davis spin on 'It's All Right With Me' and an Ibizan chill-flavoured 'Love For Sale'.

LICA CECATO AND THE PAOLO BALTARO ORCHESTRA; CALL PORTER is out now on Banksville Records.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2019 10:15

 

LASHAWN DANIELS DIES....

Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS news sources are reporting the death at age 41, of US R&B songwriter LASHAWN DANIELS. He died from injuries sustained in a car accident in South Carolina. Known as “Big Shiz” and a frequent collaborator with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Daniels’ writing credits include ‘The Boy Is Mine’ by Brandy and Monica, ‘Say My Name’ by Destiny’s Child, Toni Braxton’s ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough,’ It's Not Right But It's Okay’ by Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson’s ‘You Rock My World’. He also worked with Lady GaGa on her ‘Telephone’ smash. Daniels leaves April, his wife of almost 20 years, and three sons. Daniels and his wife created Cool Couples, a platform designed to offer relationship advice.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2019 10:15

 

FOLLOW THAT STAR

Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'North Star' was one of the key cuts on the recent G g album, 'Kintsugi Heart'. And as befits a good song, it's just won remix status courtesy of DMC producer Rod Layman. The new mix mixes all kinds of flavours - 70's Rare Groove, a touch of jazz funk with a soulful house undertow and some great jazzy guitar from Brian Harris. This new mix is out now

Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2019 10:16

 

BEING GOOD!

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSCIENTIFIC SOUL/VTRIBE MEDIA is a new name to me ... and I suspect to you but their motto is "MUSIC FOR YOUR HEAD HEART AND SOUL" and you can judge the veracity of that when they release a compilation album at the start of October. The set is called 'GHETTO SERENADE (SOULFUL MUSIC FROM THE BLOCK) AMERICA TO AFRICA' and, we're told, the aim is to raise funds and awareness to benefit the global anti bullying/anti racism movement. Artists on the Album will include NE'YO , CARLOS SANTANA , AHMED SOULTAN (from Morocco) ALABAMA SHAKES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS , OFFSET , KRAZEY BONE , GEORGE CLINTON , GUCCI MANE , WIYAALA (from Ghana) , and WILL.I.AM .

The LP's first single comes via UK producer DANNY MILLS and American Voice contestant TJ WILKINS. Their tune is five minutes of absolute gorgeousness called 'Good To You (Get Closer)' and I can say no more than to suggest that if this was presented as a long lost Marvin Gaye track circa 'Here My Dear' you would not bat an eye lid... yes, it is that good.... believe me! The cut is already all over Jazz FM and Mi Soul, and rightly so. It's out now and miss it at your peril... bring on the album!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:41

 

GOOD HAIR DAY!

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMENOOSHA is a singer/ songwriter hailing from Cameroon (Central Africa) but now based in France and Germany. Her sound is a blend of Soul, R&B, Jazz and, naturally, Afrobeat. She debuted with the LP 'Satellite Brown Chick' which typified that sound while her single 'Talk to Me' (Sweet Thing) 'peaked at #14 in the UK's Top 30 UK Soul Charts.

Ms M's next album is almost good to go and intriguingly named 'Airs About Hair'... it's "a collection of hair stories and statements in songs". The first single is 'Touching My Hair', an enigmatic little thing that has very peculiar attraction. It seems that Menoosha sees hair "as is a source of spiritual strength.....Hair is the glory of a woman!" If you're intrigued the single is out now and the album's on its way

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:41

 

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