Tuesday, 24 April 2012 18:01 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

tramp_2Based in Upper Bavaria, Tramp Records is the brainchild of Tobias Kirmayer, a funk fanatic and DJ, who has began a compilation series called 'Movements' in 2005 for the Munich-based Perfect Toy label. The series has now reached a fourth instalment ('Volume 4') and has just been released on Tramp in CD, double-gatefold LP and digital download formats. It contains 16 obscure and hard-to-find soul, funk and jazz nuggets from the late-'60s/early-'70s sourced from a welter of small American indie labels.

The artists featured included singer Carl Westmoreland – his Gene McDaniels'-esque 'Shakers And Movers' is the set's killer cut -  Rudy Tee & The Reno-Bops, Dino & The Dell Tones, Iris Bell with the Jive-ettes, the Dave Harris Trio, and Soul Brothers Incorporated. The compilation is meticulously researched and includes detailed liner notes as well as rare photos.

Kirmayer is also responsible (alongside collaborator and fellow crate digger, Daniels Wanders) for another fine new compilation on Tramp – 'Feeling Nice - Volume One,' which is subtitled "A Collection Of Super-Rare Funk 45s From The Late '60s And Early '70s.' There are 12 tracks in all, including lost sides from esoteric acts such as The Czars, Clarence Curvan, Billy Storm & The Tempests, JC & The Soul Angels, James Polk & The Brothers, the Soul Dukes, and Sunrize.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:27 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


One of the most eagerly anticipated new albums of 2012 is 'Through The Night' by young Salford-born chanteuse REN HARVIEU, who has been compared with Dusty Springfield. Ren, whose mature sound belies her 21 years, possesses a rich, creamy and supremely expressive contralto voice. She signed to Island Records last year but just after joining the label suffered a spinal injury at a party when a reveller elected to jump over a hedge and landed on the singer's back. Two months in hospital - where she underwent operations on her spine - was followed by a lengthy spell of recuperation but happily, Ren is now ready to unveil her debut album. SJF can confirm that 'Through The Night' is a wonderfully sophisticated soulful pop confection - and it's in shops on 7th May. Miss it at your peril. 

Look out for a review soon at SJF

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:08 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF













Putney's legendary black music retailer and reissue label, Soul Brother Records, are taking part in Record Store Day this coming Saturday. They will be stocking most of the soul, jazz and reggae record store exclusive releases as well as some of the blues and more general releases.

There are more soul and jazz releases for this year than in previous years including the following:

Gregory Porter – '1960 What' 12"

Fame Records Singles box set

Clarence Carter - Unreleased Fame 7"ep

Charles Bradley – 'Stay Away' 7"

Dizzy Gillespie –'The Matrix' 7"

Otis Redding/Aretha Franklin – 'Respect' (gold vinyl) 7"

Stax 10 x 7" box set

These exclusive releases will be only available in the shop on 21st April  on a first come first served basis. There is always a friendly vibe on RSD at Soul Brother Records and this year there is a free raffle with the chance to win some classic soul and jazz CDs as well as the opportunity to try homemade cakes with a tea or coffee.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

whiteAcoustic guitarist PETER WHITE has just released his latest album. On Heads Up Records, 'Here We Go' is a self-produced 11 tracker that features all the ingredients that have made his previous albums steady sellers within the smooth jazz community.

This time around though, WHITE has pulled off what is for him a coup – he's managed to bring in one of his old heroes to help out. WHITE is an unashamed and long time fan of sax man DAVID SANBORN: "David is someone I've wanted to play with for the longest time. This is someone who has played at Woodstock. His sound has become an inspiration for many of my contemporaries. He's a legend to me and just about every musician I know". SANBORN joins WHITE on the album's title cut - up-tempo, infectious, and catchy.

Other featured guests on the LP include KIRK WHALUM ('Our Dance') and PHILIP SAISSE whose keyboards grace a number of cuts.

PETER WHITE'S 'Here We Go' is out now on Heads Up records.



Monday, 16 April 2012 14:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DorionPhotos-04Born in the Bronx, raised in Detroit and now working out of Atlanta, DORION JAMES is steadily making a name for himself as a "proper" old school soul singer. Influenced by people like SAM COOKE, PRINCE, MARVIN GAYE and MAXWELL, his first album 'Change The Game' was critically acclaimed and a decent seller in and around Atlanta.

The man's currently putting the finishing touches to his second album – bravely titled 'The Greatest'. Only time will tell if it merits that particular adjective but the first two tracks released from the album show real promise. Both 'When A Man's In Love' and 'Baby Don't Be Mad At Me' sit on the cusp of contemporary R&B and old school soul. They're tight, mid-tempo shufflers and though never in your face there's no doubting the sincerity in DORION'S soulful vocals.

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