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LES ADAMS DIES...

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altInfluential and pioneering UK soul DJ LES ADAMS died yesterday - 3rd September. Cause of death was given as "cardiac arrest"

Les had been a pro DJ since 1979 and was a British pioneer of the US DJ technique of "beat matching". His skills won him plenty of work in many of London top night spots – notably Regines- from where he was invited to play in Paris and New York. In 1983 he joined the international DJ club DMC (Disc Mix Club) - working on mixes that were mailed to thousands of DJ's worldwide – originating his nickname Les "The Mixdoctor" Adams.

In 1985, Les was approached by A&M records to create a dance remix on 'Stomp' by the Brothers Johnson and dozens more commissions followed. In 1987 he was signed as an artist by A&M using the name "LA Mix" and his track 'Check This Out' reached no.3 on the national charts. He also worked with Sony Records.

After broadcasting with the then pirate station, Solar, Les moved to Capital Radio followed by Radio 1, then back to Solar after its 1998 re-launch.

Les was also lecturer in DJ skills and DJ technology at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and ran his own production company.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:20

 

A THING OF BEAUTY

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was June when New York music entrepreneur BEY BRIGHT and his Bright Vision Entertainment team released their last single 'Beautiful Thing'. The tune was an old school romp that featured vocals from Washington DC's indie soul vocalist Donae ((pronounced Dah-Nay).

Proving that you can't keep a good tune down. Bey now offers the track in a "Soulful house" mix – which just about sums it up.... infectious, insisitnent beats and a heavy, thumping bassline and, of course, Donae's lovely vocal.... out now!

 

GOING UP!

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 18:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'I'll Lift You Up' is the new, easy on the ear single from UK singer WHITFIELD BATSON. It's the follow up to his last release, 'Sweet Vibes'. 'Vibes' won plenty of radio plays and ''I'll Lift You Up' is sure to repeat that... gentle and laid back, lazy and soporific – with just a hint of the Caribbean where Whitfield now spends most of his time. Out now.

 

FEELING IT....

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 18:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest release from German rare soul label, TRAMP is a second volume in their 'Can You Feel It?' series. Like the first instalment, this 16/17 track set is stuffed with the rare and the esoteric from unknown names from all parts of the soul world, and, we're told, that almost all the cuts are on CD for the very first time.

The collection is sub-titled 'Modern Soul, Disco and Boogie 1976 – 84', and yes, that's the dominant mood with plenty of full on disco – some, like Cirt Gill and the Jam A Ditty Band (great name!) with the self-explanatory 'Put The Music In Your Ear' veering towards funk; some like the loping 'Can You Feel It' (for which the album is named) from Gangbusters recalling all the glitter ball glam of people like Sylvester!

For variety there's a French number – Jeremy Power's 'Ombre De Plaisir' and a German-originated instrumental, Ambros Seelos and his Orchestra's smooth 'In Orbit'.

Towards the end of the album, things get a little more mellow. Dancer's 'Dear Wendy' is a lovely tune while Carolina Beach Music darlings The Fantastic Shakers offer a poppy 'The Wrong Side Of Me'.

The extensive sleeve notes will tell you more and you'll be able to get the album on double vinyl (first 400 copies come with that 17th track on a bonus 7" single), CD and via download. It'll be good to go from October 11th.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2019 18:28

 

TALK OF THE GRAPEVINE!

Monday, 02 September 2019 18:21 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altMemphis' ANTHONY FONTAINE was one of a multitude of soul "nearly men"... "nearly" in that in the 70s he almost signed to the mighty Stax label when it was flying high. His music mentor C L Milburn was a friend of Stax's Al Bell and Bell was keen to sign the gritty voiced Fontaine but Bell's suggestion was rejected at the last minute and a dejected Anthony went back to the chittlin' circuit.

Anthony Fontaine died in 2012 – maybe thinking of what might have been. He did though leave a small music legacy – some singles he cut as part of the duo Willie and Anthony (Willie was Willie Hill), but more importantly a fine 45 he cut for the aforementioned C L Milburn's Texas label, Souled Out.

That single 'Stop That Old Grapevine'/ 'How Can I Lose What I Never Had' meant little outside of Texas but over time it did mean something on the rare and Northern soul scene. It's a hard to find the original record but now the ever-obliging Soul Junction Records have made the single available on a new vinyl 7".

'Stop That Old Grapevine' is a stomping, raw, Southern soul dancer with a quirky female monologue at the start while 'How Can I Lose What I Never Had' is more melodic but none the less soulful and the release makes a great addition to the small but perfectly formed Soul Junction catalogue. It's officially released September 23rd.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2019 18:33

 

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