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SOUL BROTHER – THE VINYL COUNTDOWN

Thursday, 15 September 2011 06:58 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

vinylracks-500_smaller_imageIt's the end of an era this weekend as Putney's soul, jazz and funk specialists, Soul Brother, will remove (as a result of an office lease expiring) their vinyl display area, which has been separate from their main Keswick Road shop. This doesn't mean to say, though, that Soul Brother are ceasing selling vinyl records – they'll still be plenty available from their website but they will no longer have vinyl racks. The final day customers will be able to browse through the vinyl racks will be this Sunday (17th September) – so get on down there asap!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more info go to: www.soulbrother.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 15:26

 

IN (LIQUI) DEEP ...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

liquidWorking out of Johannesburg, LIQUIDEEP is made up singer/songwriter/producer/ ZIYON and DJ/producer RYZOR and they're best known for their debut LP, 'Fabrics Of The Heart'.

From the album, Tribe Records have just issued a single -  'Angel'. In its original incarnation the tune is a haunting affair with a light, enigmatic vocal from ZIYON. Good enough... but the really good news is that the tune is available in a number of wonderful remixes. First up there's wonderfully soulful dance tweak from DJ SPEN and GARY HUDGE. Never frantic, it moves sweetly and comes complete with lovely harmonies and a great Fender Rhodes break. The same duo speed it up a touch for what they call a 'Silky Soul Remix' while one of the leading young Turks of the UK soulful house scene, SEAN McCABE, gives it an altogether deeper flavour. The mix set is completed by Tribe label head honcho ZEPHERIN SAINT who brings his usual Afrocentric rhythms to the song along with a dub version

The 'Angel' mixes are available from Traxsource Promo right now... with the official Tribe release coming on October 10th.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 11:33

 

RON JACKSON ... DOUBLE DOSE.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:43 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

burningRON JACKSON is a New York-based jazz guitarist and though he's played with (amongst others) TAJ MAHAL, JIMMY McGRIFF, BENNY GOLSON and THE BOYS CHOIR OF HARLEM he describes himself as a "young veteran journeyman". Believing that perfecting his craft is a life-long process, he's just released two different albums.

First up is 'Flubby Dubby' – a guitar/Hammond/drums classic soul/jazz set. On the album KYLE KOEHLER handles the big B-3 while OTIS BROWN III is the drummer. Cameo appearances come from sax men BRUCE WILLIAMS and DON BRADEN and the tunes include versions of 'The Long And Winding Road' and 'Love Ballad' which is given a distinctly GEORGE BENSON style treatment.

'Burning Gums' is RON'S second current album. It's an eponymous set, with BURNING GUMS being the guitar man's more experimental trio. Here the drummer is Japanese virtuoso HIROYUKI MATSUURA and the bassist is Hungarian born NORBERT MARIUS. The nine tracker features versions of MILES DAVIS' 'So What' and BENNY GOLSON'S 'Killer Joe'.

Both albums are on JACKSON'S own label, Roni Music ... and you can learn more by going to www.ronjacksonmusic.com

 

DIAMOND GEEZER...

Monday, 12 September 2011 12:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

City_of_Soul_sleeve_artworkTo music fans of a certain vintage the name JIM DIAMOND will mean a string of mid-80s hits of which 'I Should Have Known Better' has become a staple of the oldies stations. Glasgow born and bred, JIM has continued to make music and the music he makes is the music that inspired him in his youth... sweet soul music.

A few months back JIM teamed up with RADIO CLYDE and SIR TOM HUNTER to make an album to raise money for SIR TOM'S very special Cash For Kids Charity. The LP was recorded in just 14 days and features the cream of Scotland's musicians. Amongst those on the LP are WET WET WET drummer TOMMY CUNNINGHAM, keyboardist from HUE AND CRY – GREG KANE and PROCLAIMERS' bassist – GARY JOHN KANE.

The album – 'City Of Soul' –has just been released on Camino Records and it features a set of 12 soul standards that are near and dear to JIM and the band. Songs include 'I'm Your Puppet', 'Spanish Harlem', 'Since I Lost My Baby' and 'Holy Cow' and with a full horn section behind them they're given a whole new vitality. More importantly, though, every penny raised from the sale of the album will go to SIR TOM HUNTER'S Cash For Kids Charity.

Go to our reviews section for an in-depth look at the album.

 

FEELING FOR ALISA...

Friday, 09 September 2011 15:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

alisaohri_-_cuz_I_Feel_cd_art_workNew Yorker ALISA OHRI released a great eponymous album earlier in the year and it kind of slipped under the soul radar. Produced by the legendary HUBERT EAVES, it's being re-promoted on the back of a couple of splendid remixes of one the LP's key tracks... 'Cuz I Feel'.

The original was always a steady yet sultry mid-tempo groove and the new tweaks underline those qualities. First up is the Remo Original Mix from ROSS EMMINS and DEE MAJEK which is just shaded by the Remo Electric Piano Mix. Here that "Electric Piano" comes courtesy of ace keyboardist JAMES COLAH whose deft figures track the soulful vocals of ALISA.

All the usual digital outlets should allow you to investigate.

 

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