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GOING FOR GOLD!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAussie soulstress CHELSEA WILSON made some big waves with her 2015 long player, 'I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me'. In fact, in the land of Oz the 11 tracker was voted "Best Soul/Funk Album Of The Year" at the Victoria Music Awards.

It's taken a while but Ms W is all set to release the follow up –a concise 9 tracker 'Chasing Gold'. The long player was heralded last November with the single, 'Real Love'..... NO not that 'Real Love'! - rather a sweet modern, danceable groove that veers towards the poppier end of the soul spectrum. And if that's your thing you'll find lots more of the same on the album which hits the sales racks on March 22nd. 'Nothing Can Come Between This Love Tonight' is probably the best example of that cute, pop/soul soundscape on this album.

However, at the end of the album (the last three tracks to be precise) things get a little more serious and soulful. The end sequence kicks off with 'Breaking Down' (a kind of 'Backstabbers' vibe here); then there's 'Take Back The Night' (which reminds me of an old Luther Vandross tune) and finally the jazzy 'I Won't Choose You' (a big, full production) three great cuts!

Throughout the album Ross McHenry's production is clever and lavish (some great strings input from Ross Irwin of Bamboos fame).

Chelsea Wilson's 'Chasing Gold' is released on March 22nd on her own label (House of Valerie and Joan – named for her two grandmothers),

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:06

 

BETTER TOGETHER....

Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe're always told that two heads are better than one... so when two music stalwarts get together you can expect something special.... and that's what you get with 'Better Together' on which UK instrumentalist (CHRIS) KINGDON teams up with Geneva-based, Texas-born soul man RUDI WILBURN (yes he of the Barry White style voice).

The result is an odd sound – and not obviously appealing. On it Kingdon's keys and vibes drive the groove forward in a captivating and insistent manner while Wilburns' vocal offers just the right amount of understatement... this one will grow on you!

The tune is officially released tomorrow (March 8th) but it's already all over the internet soul stations.

 

IT’S MAGIC.....

Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTOM GLIDE'S last album – 'Divas', spawned plenty of dance floor hits – none better/bigger than the TERISA GRIFFIN vocalised 'Magic (Spell On Me)' and so, Monsieur Glide (in what he tells will be the last throw from that album) offers the tune as a single in the usual plethora of mixes.... 8, I think!

They come from luminaries like Sean Ali, Monk Julious, T Groove and the man himself (big Tom!). You can probably guess that the sounds captured range right across the soul soundscape – modern soul grooves right through to soulful house. As ever, pay your money...take your choice and your can do just that from March 22nd.

 

SOUL SHOWCASE....

Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTASHARA FORREST is a UK soul singer who's worked with people like Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler, Paloma Faith and the Faithettes, James Arthur, Leona Lewis, Jools Holland, SEL Soul and X Factor's Bupsi Brown, Ed Sheeran, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Jessie Ware, Laura Mvula, Solange and Chic Midnight.

Busy lady, she's also the Creative Director and Head Singer at Sleeke Entertainment where she works to create a unique entertainment experience specific to her clients' requirements and offers varying line-ups including Tashara as a soloist, an acoustic or piano duo, female trio and a 3 - 11 piece live band. The collective offer a vast repertoire from the 1960s to present including Motown, Soul, Disco, Pop, Jazz, R&B and original music.

To highlight exactly what they can do, Tashara and her people are holding a showcase event at Canavan's Pool Club, Peckham, London SE15 4NF on Tuesday March 19th. Tashara sees it as the opportunity for anyone looking to book live entertainment for their wedding, party or event to see Tashara and her band live and in action.... and what's more entry to the event is free!

Find out more @ www.TasharaForrest.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:32

 

FUNK IT UP!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:19 BILL B E-mailPrintPDF

altThey're giving us bags of time but the promoters of a September London Funk and Soul festival are telling us that tickets for the show are already flying out. Easy to understand why... the gig, which happens at London O2 on Saturday 7th September, features KOOL & THE GANG, LEVEL 42, HEATHER SMALL and THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES. Presenter for the evening is good old TREVOR NELSON.

The show is dubbed the Electric Soul Festival and tickets are available right now priced at £65, £80, £90 with limited number of VIP at £145. Your usual agency will sort you out!

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 10:33

 

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