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GET SERIOUS!

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know a lot about a "new" outfit - CJ'S Connection – save that they seem to be the brainchild of veteran radio presenter Cliff James and their single 'I'm Serious' has been winning massive air play on all the best soul stations... "Record of the week" no less on John Leech's popular BBC Soul show.

In its original mix  'I'm Serious' has a lovely old school SOS Band feel to it while the crisper, faster 'Blackjack Mix" offers plenty of potential too. Both mixes are out now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:48

 

RAY OF SUNSHINE...

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRITA RAY (born: Kristi Raias) is a blue eyed soulstress from Estonia and she's currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album.... 'Old Love Will Rust' and from that she's just released a new single, the energetic and catchy 'Disco Stu'.

Not too sure what's going on lyrically (the Simpsons, of course) but as the title suggests, melodically, this is a pleasing disco romp with hints of the best of the Philly sound. Rita's people describe the sound as "Aretha Franklin being the fifth member of The Beatles"... not too sure about that, but if you're intrigued you can make up your own minds when 'Disco Stu' wins release on 8th November.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:49

 

OVERLOADED....

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Overload' is the debut album from jazz fusion trio THE MAY FALL CREW. They are May Fall (piano/keys/vocals), Nive Majar (drums) and Itay Tsarfati (bass) and the 12 track album offers a diverse take on the genre.

On tunes like 'Alma Obscura' and 'Recharge' they generate an atmospheric exotica while on things like 'Overload' and 'Tome Exapnder' the benchmark is classic multi-layered jazz fusion. A touch poppier (but not "pop") is the bouncy vocal that is 'Mood Swinger' for which a video is set for release. I guess it's the album's first focus track, though it's not representative of the albums overriding flavour.

MAY FALL CREW; OVERLOAD is released on Refeel Music on 25th November.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:49

 

THE ART OF LOVE

Monday, 04 November 2019 21:19 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year, the soul air waves were awash with a lovely, little song 'The Art Of Love' credited to L J (Leee John) and master percussionist SNOWBOY. The song is a slow, romantic builder with Leee crooning sweet as ever but after about four and half minutes it all kicks off. The tempo takes flight as Snowboy does what Snowboy does best – hits you with all his best shots!

The cut, good as it was, wasn’t officially released. We're told only test pressings were ever made but the good news is that it has finally won a proper release! If you’re into classy Brit soul with a slightly different perspective I can only recommend you grab this one before it disappears again!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2019 21:27

 

ANOTHER MAN!

Monday, 04 November 2019 21:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altI know plenty of soul folk with a soft spot for BARBARA MASON'S gender-bending Philly disco classic 'Another Man'. Musically the song was classic Philly but lyrically it was way ahead of its time! And as its message is appropriate to the age we're now in, Society Hill Records have commissioned a set of remixes of the song.

First up there's mixes from SanFranDisko who gives a whole new spin to proceedings – check the stripped down "cocktail" mix; then there's a thumping tweak from Hungarian mix meister Opolopo... you'll probably know how that one goes – yes, a pacey, energized 8 minutes worth of disco! They're all available now!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2019 21:27

 

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