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MORE NEVER EVER

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 19:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month lovely, little LISA STANSFIELD treated us to two wonderful remixes of one the great tunes on her current long player, 'Deeper'. Cut in question was 'Never Ever' and the mixes came via Cool Million's Rob Hardt and Mark "Snowboy" Cotgrove (that latter was actually the original recording, edited somewhat for the album). Both kept the modern soul brigade hugely happy!

But what about the soulful house crew, you may ask.... well here comes 'Never Ever' again. This time in a thumping, bass heavy, energy packed Brian Power mix. Tasteful... yes; respectful ... yes and yes, set to fill floors in the big clubs and at the big festivals through the summer!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 19:49

 

RUFFIN REVIVAL... AND WHY NOT?

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTo many DAVID RUFFIN is up there with the greatest soul voices of all time. Sadly a lethal combination of ego and addiction took its toll and the iconic Temptation died tragically too young in 1991. His impact though has been huge – his albums (solo and with the Tempts) are hugely collectable and he's influenced generation upon generation of wannabee singers.

One who's felt the Ruffin influence is San Francisco blue eyed soul man JACK MOSBACHER. Despite a varied CV (Jack's a published writer, a university baseball star and a human rights activist) he's chosen music as his career and he's determined to share his love of classic soul – especially Motown – with a wider community.

To that end he's just released a four track EP to his especial hero – David Ruffin. The mini-album is called 'Whynot' (the name of Ruffin's Mississippi hometown) and here's the story. In the late 60s and early 70s David Ruffin recorded countless tracks at Motown and as was the Motown way, many stayed unreleased. In 2004 an album of some of those cuts was released as 'David' and billed as "the long player that never was". The 12 tracker was embellished with 11 "bonus" cuts and Ruffin fans were delighted. However, the collection was soon out of print and though it has been reissued, it's still not that easy to find.

Enter Mr Mosbacher. He's chosen four of those Ruffin rarities for his remarkable tribute. The songs are 'Your Heartaches I Can Surely Heal', 'I've Got A Need For You', 'It's Gonna Take a Whole Lot Of Doin'' and 'Get Away Heartbreak'. In best Motown tradition, the four cuts have been recorded in analogue using live instruments and top session players and the result would, we're sure, have pleased Mr Ruffin!

Find out more @ www.jackmosbacher.com

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:18

 

OFFICIAL: IT’S SUMMER

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWorking out of Atlanta of Nigerian descent, FUNMILAYO NGOZI has made quite a name for herself on the neo-soul circuit with her quirky take on the genre. Modern soul fans will know her too for her work with Tom Glide.

Hear the lady's unique vocal quality on her latest single; a lithe, little tune that just about captures the moment right now... for, you see, the tune is called 'Summer'.

Produced by Chris Thompkins, it's a subtle blend of soft soul and smooth samba jazz and it prefaces the lady's upcoming EP.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:19

 

CRASHING AND BURNING....

Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKRIS G (or Kristopher Dwayne Gilder, to give him the full works) is a new California soul man who, like many before, begun singing in the church. As a secular soulster, he's worked with people like Stevie Wonder, Howard Hewett, Brandy and Jon B and been a member of harmony groups As Yet and Energy.

Right now, though, young Kris is striking out on his own with a solo album, 'Crash And Burn'. The album's been produced by the wonderfully named Dr Spank and the main songwriter is Richard Pope who's long been a part of the Chi-Lites team.

Sadly there aren't too many songs here that are up to the Chi-Lites standard; the title cut is particularly predictable. That said Kris has a powerful and soulful voice –heard to best effect on the LP's best cut – the old school soul ballad 'Bedroom Door'. You can guess from the title what it's all about and if these lush lurve songs are your thing, a diligent web search will bring you to this one!

 

BETTER DAY!

Monday, 02 July 2018 18:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the years writer/producer/arranger/facilitator JAMES DAY has won zillions of friends with his huge groove friendly brand of modern soul. Using the cream of session players and a raft of top soul singers, James consistently produces sounds that somehow always hit the soul spot!

Right now JD is working on an ambitious new project – an all dance, remix album that he's putting together with guitar maestro U-Nam. Working title is 'Groove Nights' .

The long player is being prefaced with a snappy, floor-friendly modern soul groove 'Can't Stop This Dance' . It's a summer weekender, feel-good sort of a jam with Tim Owens on lead vocals supported ably by Karen Bernod. Good 'ole U-Nam brings his own special smooth jazz undertow and it's all looking good for the album.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 18:50

 

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