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WOODY CUNNINGHAM DIES

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WOODY CUNNINGHAM DIES

2010 has claimed its second major soul casualty. American news agencies are carrying the story of the death of soul veteran WOODY CUNNINGHAM. CUNNINGHAM, born in Baltimore, is maybe best known as the leader of '80s funk band, KLEEER. Not only was he the band's drummer but he also wrote and produced many of their songs and took on many of the vocals… some of which became familiar to the hip-hop generation through extensive sampling. Prior to KLEER, WOODY was an in-demand session player working for, amongst others, the Salsoul set up and LUTHER VANDROSS. In the '90s WOODY worked as a solo artist and was to enjoy a renaissance when he was contacted by Manchester's ANDY "MADHATTER" HOLMES who knew the esteem that CUNNINGHAM was held in on the UK modern soul scene. This led to the release of 'Oooh With You' in 1994 on Old English, a Manchester label. When he came to the U.K. to do some promotion, CUNNINGHAM went in the studio with producers HOLMES, STEVE CHRISTIAN, and SI BRAD to work on his solo debut album 'Never Say Never' … a classic set of '80s-style soul. It was released in 1997 by Expansion. His next album was 'Universal Love', and it showed a jazzier side to CUNNINGHAM'S artistry. That CD was also released on Expansion though more recently WOODY had been working with PHIL DRIVER'S UK-based Soul Unsigned set up offering a wonderful remix of 'Never Say Never' for that label's Contemporary Soul Songbook Volume

 

SOUL UNSIGNED GO LIVE

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL UNSIGNED GO LIVE

PHIL DRIVER'S Soul Unsigned set up kicks off 2010 in fine style with a major live show and promotion at London's prestigious Pizza On The Park venue. The event takes place on Friday 26th February and features top Aussie soul man J-FUNK and the UK's own RICHARD ALEXANDER DAVIS. Music between perfromances will come coutesy of Soul Unsigned's catalogue. The show is a joint venture between Soul Unsigned with Solar Radio and Shades Of Soul and for more details and/or bookings go to www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk or ring 0845 6027 017. Record-wise, the label will soon be issuing the second in its 'Contemporary Soul Songbook' series. The new 14 tracker will feature music from right across the soul spectrum. For more information go to www.soulunsigned.com

 

HOANG'S COMING BACK

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:18 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

HOANG'S COMING BACK

Birmingham-born STEVIE HOANG enjoyed a good deal of underground and internet success with his first album back in 2007 but now signed to Mercury, he's determined to build a bigger profile for himself. There's a new LP on the way and with a prestigious support slot on the upcoming JLS tour he's rush-released the first single from it - 'No Coming Back'. The original cut's a catchy slab of contemporary pop-soul while the Blue Dark remix is a tad faster with fashionable electro stabs.

 

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Friday, 08 January 2010 12:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Fans of UK soul star ALICE RUSSELL need to know that the big-voiced lady features on the upcoming album from a virtual new band, THE SKELETONS. The outfit is the brain child of London-based muso BENEDIC LAMDIN, best known maybe for his work with NOSTALGIA 77. Enigmatically, he says "This band doesn't exist. They never stood in the studio together… they just passed though my house.". We do know , though, that ALICE R exists and she lends her soulful tones to the edgy 'Adam And Eve', again proving that there's more to new wave Brit soul than AMY W and DUFFY. The album, by the way, is called 'Smile' and is released in March on Impossible Ark Records.

 

LEMAR ... ALL THE HITS

Friday, 08 January 2010 12:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LEMAR ... ALL THE HITS

Considering he didn't win his TV talent show good ole LEMAR has enjoyed a spectacular run of hits since his breakthrough back in 2003. You can find out just how many when the man releases his imaginatively titled 'Greatest Hits' album in March. The LP gathers together stuff like 'Dance (With U)', '50/50', 'If There's Any Justice', 'It's Not That Easy' and 'Time To Grow' It also features LEMAR'S forthcoming single 'The Way Love Goes,' as well as another three brand new recordings; 'Counting The Days,' 'You Don't Love Me,' and an exclusive recording of 'What About Love' from 2003's 'Dedicated' album, featuring JLS. Soul fans will be unhappy that the man's best soul track - 'Come On Over' - has been omitted but there's still plenty to prove that Mr L has been the most consistent Brit soul man of the 21st. century .. so far. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

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