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EGO A-GO-GO

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSOULFUSIONSEVEN are soul duo comprising bassist/songwriter John Saltwell and lyricist/manager Paul Baker. We first heard of 'em on a Tom Glide 2014 'Smooth Winter' compilation on which their 'Steppin' Up My Love' was a highlight. The track went on to hit no. 1 in the Amazon Nu soul chart. Naturally we followed the band's progress with the next single showing their influences and inspiration – 'Luther', yes, it was a tribute to Mr V!

Next came a lovely T Groove remix of 'Steppin' Up My Love'. Then we enjoyed the band's 'Summer Breeze'. No, not a cover of the Seals and Croft/Isley Brothers classic, rather it was a new tune, but it did capture the vibe of long, lazy days, relaxation and a lot more! The next single was 'Funk It Up' – however it wasn't funk as we know it. Rather this one was a sleazy, slinky groove with a sultry vocal from the wonderfully named Amelia Melody.

The next Soulfusionseven single was 'Turn The Lights Down Low' – the title described the sound perfectly and very different to the group's most recent single, Slide' – a fluid and slippery electro groove.

Now Soulfusionseven have launched a full album... the enigmatically titled 'Acquittal of the Ego'. The ten tracker offers all the above mentioned singles, so for your investment (if like us, you've been tracking the band) you'll be getting just four new cuts.... the bumpy, Prince flavoured 'Cool Vibes', a sax-led instrumental 'Portuguese Love' , an atmospheric 'New York Skyline' and 'Lazy Sunday' (which I think was an earlier B side).

Soulfusionseven's 'Acquittal of the Ego' is a never-less-than-interesting long player and if you don't know the band yet, here's the perfect opportunity to hook up with some proper modern soul.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:06

 

JUST FEELINGS!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Feelings' is the latest album from young Polish jazz bass player KINGA GLYK. Ms G has always been an honest musician... "I can't sing that well, that's why I play bass. The bass guitar gives me an unusually powerful voice and its sounds have become my actual language".

That language is powerful throughout the 12 tracker that is 'Feelings' ... plenty of bass heavy funk grooves and jazzy workouts with the most intriguing being the brassy, soulful 'Joy Joy' with Brett Williams augmenting Glyk's usual sideman ... Pawel Tomaszewski (keys) and Calvin Rodgers (drums). For a bass-led LP, 'Ballada' is particularly sweet and tender while the Bobby Sparks' assisted 'Classic' harks back to the great days of soul jazz.

KINGA GLYK; 'Feelings' is released on November 1 on Warner Music.

 

Janette Mason’s 'Red Alert' Vinyl Launch November 18

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:12 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

 

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Highly-respected UK pianist Janette Mason boasts an impressive CV. She's toured with Seal, k.d. lang and Oasis; worked on albums with noted jazz singers (she produced Lea DeLaria's 'The Live Smoke Sessions' and arranged Ian Shaw's 'Drawn To All Things'); and composed music scores for TV (Sex & The City) and movies (Ruby Blue). She's also released four jazz albums under own name, the last being 'Red Alert,' released in May 2018.

'Red Alert', which drew favorable comparisons with the groundbreaking contemporary jazz trios e.s.t. and The Bad Plus, is now being pressed up on vinyl by Dot Time Records to coincide with the appearance of Janette's trio - also called Red Alert, with bassist Tom Mason and drummer Chris Morris - at the upcoming London Jazz Festival.

For more info go to:

https://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/janette-mason-red-alert-monday-18th-november-2019

www.janettemason.com

www.dottimerecords.com

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:07

 

GIVING IT ALL!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThink it was 1984 (yes I'm that old... older!!!) when TERRI WELLS thrilled us with her soul/dance classic 'I'M GIVING ALL MY LOVE'!

Good news? Well, the song is back – courtesy of a big collaboration between DJ SPEN and the lovely NATASHA WATTS. It's the newest release on Quantize- so yes; we're heading into soulful house territory, but with the emphasis on SOULFUL!

The tune comes in the usual plethora of mixes with John Morales in overall charge. There are tweaks from Dr. Packer along with Spen & ReelSoul. They're all proper soulful belters and all good to go this coming Friday on Quantize via Traxsource

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:26

 

SHOWTIME!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon-based blue-eyed soul man DANNY TOEMAN has been on the scene for a while now. Back in 2014 we enjoyed a double A sided single 'That Sinking Feeling'/'Layin' It On The Line.' Then earlier this year we were treated to 'She's Got Something About Her....' a lovely, mellow Tower of Power flavour.

Now DT is back with another fab single.... 'Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)'. The cut begins with a dramatic opener before developing into a lovely, sweet love song that blends vintage vibes and contemporary style – a prefect showcase for Danny's remarkable voice!

We've been promised a full album for a while.... it's "on its way"! In the meantime enjoy 'Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)' and you can catch Danny live, fronting his seven-piece band The Love Explosion on 14th November @The Finsbury - 336 Green Lanes N4 1BY.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:27

 

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