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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

 

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!

 

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