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NEW FROM bbe...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:04 Bil Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sevenbbe Records have just released four new albums – three compilations and a single artist set.

The single artist set is '1979' from MATHIAS STUBO. STUBO is a young Norwegian musician whose parents introduced him to jazz and soul at an early age and '1979' is his homage to the music that he's grown to love... the jazz and funk of the late 70s and early 80s. That said he doesn't strive to replicate the music and styles of that golden age; rather, he uses mainly electronic instrumentation to offer his twist on it. File under "interesting".

The first of the label's new compilations has been put together by the iconic LOUIE VEGA. 'Mad Styles And Crazy Visions 2' sees Mr V return to his vision of the high energy sounds that graced dance floors in the 70s and 80s. The double CD is mixed by the man himself and features music from people like BASEMENT JAXX, PEVEN EVERETT, ERIC KUPPER and PHIL ASHER.

Different again is 'Legendary Wild Rockers' – a 20 track compilation put together by KEB DARGE. The album is stuffed with rare rockabilly, wild surf music and general 50s and early 60s exotica. DARGE'S DJ experiences have recently shown him that people are becoming fed up and disenchanted with formulaic, computer-generated sounds. He calls it "empty music" and believes that more and more people are turning to "real" authentic sounds... and there's nothing more authentic than 'The Goo Goo Muck' from RONNIE COOK and the GAYLADS – just one of the corkers here!

The fourth compilation is possibly the most interesting. 'Seven Heven' (their spelling, by the way) has been complied by MARK WEBSTER and it's a 19 track collection of tunes that were originally released as 7" vinyl singles and some are making it to CD for the first time. Some great cuts here – most notably RON HALL'S monumental 'The Way You Love Me' and a Latin version of 'I Believe In Miracles' from The SUNLIGHT SQUARE LATIN COMBO.

For more information on all these albums go to www.bbemusic.com

 

BLAIZING AWAY....

Monday, 23 May 2011 08:54 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BlaIZETheir label calls them "the most famous UK group you never knew you knew". Confused? Well, THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND may not be household "names" but their voices and playing have, I'll wager, been heard frequently in almost every UK household. You see THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND are essentially the core of the musicians who play regularly on BBC TV's 'Strictly Come Dancing'!

Lead singer is TOMMY BLAIZE. Apart from being the lead male vocalist on 'Strictly', he's also worked with STEVIE WONDER, AMY WINEHOUSE and others. DAVID ARCH is the keyboardist, PAUL DUNNE and ANDY CAINE play guitar while TREVOR BARRY (bass) and IAN THOMAS (drums) are in the group's engine room. Together, they've just released their debut album – 'Don't Ya Love Life'.

TOMMY and his gang have spent 18 months putting the album together and working with hot producer, STEVE PRICE, they've crafted as set stuffed with catchy pop/soul. The sixsome are augmented by a full string and brass section and some stellar backing vocalists, including the ever-wonderful MADELINE BELL.

Twelve of the fourteen tracks are original songs – penned by BLAIZE with various collaborators. The two covers are memorable versions of 'My Girl' and 'I Wish You Love'. 'My Girl' is particularly beautiful – a stripped down piano-accompanied version of SMOKEY'S classic with a touch of string sweetening.

THE TOMMY BLAIZE BAND'S 'Don't Ya Love Life' is out now......

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 09:01

 

STACKS OF STAX!

Friday, 20 May 2011 16:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

stax-records-logoThe mighty Stax label has for some time been owned by Concord Music Group and two of the group's executives – NICK PHILIPS and CHRIS CLOUGH – have just embarked on a project to reissue key albums from the Stax archive. The series is to be called "STAX REMASTERS". Not only is the music masterful but it's also been remastered and each release will come with rare bonus tracks, new liner notes and archive photos.

The first three releases in the series hit the racks on July 4th. They are – BOOKER T AND THE MGS 'McLemore Avenue', THE STAPLE SINGERS' 'Be Altitude' and JOHNNIE TAYLOR'S 'Taylored In Silk'. Full reviews on SJF very soon.

 

GOT SOUL? GET THE T ....

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL-CHESS-RECORDSEagle-eyed readers of SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK, the web's biggest and brightest independent soul site, will have noticed a new ad at the bottom of each of our perfectly formed pages. It's for the UK's leading online customised T shirt seller – www.got-the-t-shirt.co.uk  . The company now offers a great range of soul-themed T shirts. Some feature classic and discreetly placed label logos – MOTOWN, STAX, CHESS, etc; others feature iconic artists like MILES DAVIS, GEORGE BENSON and ISAAC HAYES. Take a peek at their range by clicking on the ad and going to the "music" tab on their home page.

More interestingly, maybe, is the fact that www.got-the-t-shirt.co.uk  also offers a spectacular custom T shirt service. By using their simple, online template you can design your own unique shirt. So whether you dig CURTIS MAYFIELD or KING CURTIS or even VAN McCOY or McCOY TYNER, they can sort you out with a T shirt so that you can display your impeccable tastes for all to see. Labels, artists, genres, album covers, slogans, witticisms... the range is as limitless as your imagination.

Find out more by clicking on the link in the ad panel or go directly to www.got-the-t-shirt.co.uk

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:22

 

HOOKING UP WITH SHANE...

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:15 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

Shane_Philips_-_Hooked_Into_YouSoul Unsigned Records have just released their second digital single. It's 'Hooked Into You' by Canadian soul man SHANE PHILIPS. PHILIPS works in and around Ontario and the track is taken from his recent album 'Selling Out'.

The PR blurb describes 'Hooked Into You' as an "uplifting slice of modern soul". We'd add that it's big, brash, brassy, strong and strident ... and yes, it is thoroughly modern but it achieves a distinct 60s/70s flavour via a trilling organ solo midway through. Find out more by going to www.soulunsigned.com   ... where you can also learn about the label's first digital only release, the wonderful 'Hanging On' from Liverpool's DOWN TO US.

 

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