Monday, 27 August 2018 12:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altVeteran soul group, THE STYLISTICS have just announced a surprise change to their current line up. As new lead singer, they've drafted in Barrington "Bo" Henderson. Avid sleeve readers/anoraks will know Henderson's name from stints in the Dramatics and Lakeside and, more famously, as a member of the Temptations in the late 90s/early 00s. Amongst Bo's recordings with the Tempts are the albums 'Ear Resistible' and 'Awesome' .

In 2003 he released a solo set, 'Best Kept Secret' but we're told that he jumped at the chance of working with the Stylistics. He replaces Michael Muse and to confuse matters there is, of course, a separate touring version of the Stylistics led by the original lead voice Russell Thompkins, Jr. For contractual reasons he goes out as "Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics".

Harrington is pictured with the Stylistics above; he's at far right.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 August 2018 12:44



Sunday, 26 August 2018 15:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCLIVE NEWLANDS is a UK songwriter and instrumentalist who started his music career as a child –winning all kinds of prizes at all kinds of junior competitions for his piano expertise. In the 80s he "found" jazz and soul and learned trumpet and flugelhorn, honing his skills in jazz trios and funk bands.

Clive eventually found a niche writing jingles and promo tunes and in the 80s he met up with UK soul man Stuart Mather and they resolved to work together. Recently Clive came up with a catchy backing track and, hooking up with  Stuart again,  words were added and the result is the ear-worm, 'I Love It 2'. It's just been released as Clive Newland's debut single. It's not revolutionary or world changing... it's not intended to be. It's a simple and optimistic, feel good slice of UK modern soul and it's available to download right now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:01



Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOn the back of her lovely 'Back To Life' album UK songstress SHAILA PROSPERE has teamed up with production team MS 1 – the brothers Mike 'DJ Blue' Harrison and George 'GEO' Harrison. The boys are working on a multi guest album due late September and the lead single features Ms P on an easy-on–the-ear soul groove, 'Rise'.

At the moment the cut comes in three mixes with the slightly lazier "lounge mix" edging it for us. All the mixes will be available to download from August 31st.



Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe lovely TAMIA is still getting plenty of mileage from her latest outing, 'Leave It Smokin''. The Salaam Remi produced soul groove impressed us all back in May and since then we've had a fab soulful house mix from DJ Spen. Not to be outdone, house don, Terry Hunter has now done his own tweak –a tad faster but still soulful enough to keep the soul crowd as happy as the house heads. Her full album, by the way, is due September.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2018 15:09



Friday, 24 August 2018 18:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year we highlighted a lovely modern soul set, 'Feelin' Some KInda Way'', from BRANDON WATTZ - a US soul man who, though born in Germany, works in and around L.A.

The LP's big tune was the ultra catchy, Howard Hewett-flavoured 'Save Some Love For Me'. The cut was rotated heavily by the best modern soul spinners and now they have the opportunity to get more miles from it via a new mix courtesy of Alexandre Montet under his "DjSoulbr" moniker. It's tighter, tougher and even more floor friendly.... worth checking!


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