Monday, 10 September 2012 07:16 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Swing_OutIn the wake of their recently re-released debut album, 'It's Better To Travel' – whose 25th birthday anniversary was marked by a deluxe 2-CD reissue by Universal – SWING OUT SISTER return with an album of freshly-minted material on September 24th. The album's called 'Private View' and features fresh interpretations of some of the duo's past hits (including a slowed-down 'Breakout') as well as songs that have been in their live set for many years (among them, a distinctive take on the Delfonics' 'La La Means I Love You' and a heartfelt rendition of Barbara Acklin's 'Am I The Same Girl').

Also released this month is Swing Out Sister's first DVD entitled 'Tokyo Stories.' It features footage of Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell performing at the Billboard Club in Tokyo. The group's set list includes 'Breakout,' 'Twilight World,' 'Surrender' and 'You On My Mind.'


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Monday, 10 September 2012 07:10 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


DRIZABONE SOUL FAMILY – a retooled version of Drizabone, the UK soul group that released the acclaimed album 'Conspiracy' in 1994, which included the hit 'Real Love' – release a new album called 'The Recipe Of Life' on November 26th on their own Soul Family Records. As well as including original band member, Billy Freeman, the group now comprises three female singers – Nataya, Anna-Marie Johnson and Shniece McMenamin. The set has a distinctly retro, Motown-esque sound and also includes a revamp of 'Brightest Star,' one of the key cuts from their 1994 debut album.


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Look out for a review of the new album next month.



Sunday, 09 September 2012 19:45 bILL b E-mailPrintPDF

samA few months back Harmless Records launched a new series of compilations under the 'Mixology' banner. The idea was (indeed is) to highlight the work of the key labels of the dance/disco era. That first, hugely successful compilation focused on the wonderful Salsoul label; now, for the second compilation Harmless turns its spotlight onto another iconic label - New York's Sam Records.

Sam Records was founded in 1976 by SAM WEISS and it was most active during Disco's Golden Age – 1976- 1983. The label slowed down its activities in the late 80s but was revitalised in 1991 when SAM'S son, MICHAEL WEISS took over the helm and launched Nervous Records.

This new collection – 'Sam Records Extended Play' – is a two disc set. The first CD offers 11 of the very best Sam sides including the hypnotic 'Keep On Dancin' from GARY'S GANG AND 'Up Jumped The Devil' from JOHN DAVIS and the MONSTER ORCHESTRA.

CD 2 is very different. For this one American DJ and mixer JAQUES RENAULT has assembled over a dozen famous remixes of Sam Records material . Two of those tweaks he leaves well alone - VOLTA BUREAU'S edit of MIKE and BRENDA SUTTON'S 'We'll Make It' and CATZ N DOGZ' remix of JOHN DAVIS ' 'Bourgie Bourgie'. For the rest, well, he assembles one huge (almost 1 hour) mix of SAM goodies and though it won't challenge the head (this music was never intended for that) it'll keep feet of a certain vintage very happy... oh, and play it loud!




Sunday, 02 September 2012 12:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

yo_yoSoul fans of a certain vintage will remember with fondness the wonderful 'Groove On' from YO YO HONEY. Released in 1991 on the reliable old Jive label, the album (and subsequent single) was a remarkable piece of Brit soul. YO YO HONEY was the brain child of MIKE PEDEN (formerly of THE CHIMES) and he used a huge 40 piece orchestra to help him flesh out his ideas; with vocals from the underrated ANITA JARRETT, the set achieved cult status amongst the cognoscenti – a status heightened by the fact that it's been out of print for ages and has never been officially available in any kind of download format.

The good news is that YO YO's music is back! Project co-writer and bass player on the set, MANI has relicensed the album from Sony; he's remastered it and is preparing it for reissue in October. The man has also worked on a number of stunning remixes that are set to become dance floor monsters. The remixes will be available to download soon via Black Sugar Records while the full LP will be on the racks (virtual and otherwise) from October 22.

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Friday, 31 August 2012 11:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

kurtInnovative, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, KURT ELLING is due to release his latest long player at the beginning of October. '1619 Broadway –The Brill Building Project' is ELLING's unashamed tribute to the wonderful song smiths who worked in the iconic New York building in the 50s and 60s.

The Brill Building – situated at 1619 Broadway – was a honeycomb of offices that for all kinds of different reasons became home to over 150 tenants associated with the pop music industry – record labels, studios, publicists and, most importantly, song publishers and their writing teams. ELLING – who now lives in Manhattan – acknowledges that most jazz singers (and indeed their fans) usually concentrate on material from the likes of the GERSHWINS, RODGERS and HART etc ... the so-called "Great American Songbook". Keen to move jazz vocals forward , ELLING has decided to create a new volume of that "Songbook" by concentrating on a set of songs associated with the Brill Building.

ELLING'S made an eclectic choice of songs ranging from the obvious (LEIBER and STOLLER'S 'On Broadway', for instance) to the off-the-wall (the same team's 'Shoppin' For Clothes' recorded by THE COASTERS). Classics include BURT BACHARACH'S 'A House Is Not A Home' and CAROLE KING'S 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' and there's a number of selections that weren't actually written at Brill, but have that special sound and writing link – like CAROLE KING'S 'So Far Away' and PAUL SIMON'S 'American Tune'. All are presented in ELLING'S unique, innovative way. Working with long-time collaborator, LAURENCE HOBGOOD, the songs are reconstructed with subtle reharmonizations, unexpected rhythms and a new jazz sensibility... a delight for both jazz fans and pop collectors.

KURT ELLING'S '1619 BROADWAY –THE BRILL BUILDING PROJECT; is released on Concord jazz on October 1.

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