Monday, 04 March 2019 12:14 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThis year the COOL MILLION/SED SOUL set up will be celebrating a big ten years of making great modern soul and to mark the occasion we're promised lots of great new music. In the meantime, to whet our soul appetites, the team are currently promoting three tunes that are all worthy of serious consideration.

First up there's an odd 'Mariana Trench' from a new singer MARIAMA CEESAY. Now this isn't your typical Sed Soul sound; indeed the boys have classed it "left field". It's electronic and atmospheric with a particular eerie charm.

Next – something a whole lot more classically soulful –a cover of the Persuaders' 'Thin Line Between Love And Hate' from DONALD MCCOLLUM. Now this isn't a new recording... it's ten year old (at least) but it kind of slipped under the radar back then and it truly deserves another airing. It's a very respectful reading of the classic and Donald is in great form.

The third new promotion is 'Breathe Easy' from long time Sed Soul collaborator SEEST. Oddly, though, the tune isn't being released on Sed Soul but Frank and Rob have decided to help their old friend promote this easy going modern soul grove.



Monday, 04 March 2019 12:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest release from US indie soul entrepreneur BEY BRIGHT is 'Sexy Love'... an up-tempo, smooth dance groove with a sultry vocal performance by indie soul singer and frequent collaborator Ezinne. (pronounced E- Zah- Nay).

Last year Bey topped the UK soul charts with his 'Soul Nostalgia' EP and you won't be surprised to learn that 'Sexy Love' is the lead track from an upcoming Soul Nostalgia volume 2'



Sunday, 03 March 2019 19:22 BILL B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'One More Chance' is the latest single from a New York based singer and multi-instrumentalist named NYGEL D. ROBINSON.

Nygel actually hails from North Carolina but working the clubs and venues in and around the Big Apple, he's making quite a name for himself. Indeed his shows at the famous Bitter End night spot won rave reviews, with some commentators drawing comparisons to Gregory Porter whilst others made reference to John Legend. On the evidence of 'One More Chance' Nygel sounds like neither of those stars. He's his own man.... and yes, there's a jazzy flavour about the tune (Porter) alongside a cool contemporary soul vibe (Legend) but it's a sound out on its own.

'One More Chance' is a Robinson collaboration with songwriter Barry Anderson and it was recorded at the Hollow Spirit Studios. It's available right now.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2019 19:26



Sunday, 03 March 2019 14:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOn Wednesday, 6th March, Channel 4 in the UK will be screening the first part of the controversial documentary, 'LEAVING NEVERLAND... MICHAEL JACKSON AND ME.' The Dan Reed film makes serious allegations about Jackson. The allegations are based on the testimonies of Wade Robson, 36 and James Safechuck, 40. Both claim that they were abused hundreds of times by Michael Jackson, from the ages of seven and 10. This, despite giving evidence to the contrary when Jackson was charged and tried in court. Jackson's brothers and his estate strenuously deny the allegations.

The film promises to be the most controversial documentary of 2019. Part 2 is broadcast the following night... 7th March.

Dan Reed is pictured above with Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2019 14:15



Sunday, 03 March 2019 10:37 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


On April 19th, acclaimed English jazz singer, ANTHONY STRONG, unveils his keenly-awaited fourth album,  'Me And My Radio,' which is released via Guaranteed! Records.

The new 12-song set finds the svelte-voiced 34-year-old Croydon-born crooner and pianist putting his own inimitable spin on a wide-ranging collection of imaginatively-arranged and well-produced tunes. As well as interpreting jazz standards - such as 'Ain't Misbehavin',' 'Anything Goes,' and 'Smile' - Strong raps his smooth, soulful tonsils around Stevie Wonder's 'My Cherie Amour,' and offers up a tremendous version of UK soul group The Real Thing's  'You To Me Are Everything.'  The singer also delivers an impressive self-penned number called 'Gamblin' Man Blues' - rendered as an energetic big band number - and covers 'Sixteen Tons,' the latter a Merle Travis song written in 1946. It has been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Tom Jones but such is Strong's talent that he is able to make the song indisputably his own.  

Defined by a sense of cool sophistication, 'Me & My Radio,' is another fascinating chapter in Strong's career and looks certain to build on the success of his previous albums 'Stepping Out' and 'On A Clear Day.'

Anthony Strong's 'Me & My Radio' Is Released On 19 April By Guaranteed! Records

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2019 21:01


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