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KEEP DIGGIN’

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about a "new" soulful dance tune, 'Diggin On You' save that across the usual overload of mixes (I counted 6!) it really impresses. I think the original was out sometime last year but now the Andy Edit, Soulful French Touch & Michelle Rivera track gets the full remix treatment. You can take your pick from the half dozen that range from proper soulful house to Nu Disco but whatever you go for you'll love the vocal from Ms Rivera. Pity I can't tell you much more... but worth investigating!

 

Pop In To Blue Note's Pop-Up London Store

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 08:14 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                altUnless you've been living on Mars, perhaps, you should be aware that Blue Note Records has been celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019. There have already been several releases and events to celebrate the legendary New York jazz label's birthday but now the Universal-owned company has announced the opening of a pop-up store in London. Located in Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, its opening on Friday November 15th coincides with the launch of this year's EFG London Jazz Festival.

The store will feature an array of Blue Note merchandise; from vinyl LPs, CDs and DVDs to books and even, for the well-heeled connoisseur,  exclusive items in the shape of framed canvas LP artwork.  

There will also be live events and music performances at the store, to be announced later this week.

 

BLUE NOTE 80 STORE

KIOSK 108, LOWER STABLE STREET,

COAL DROPS YARD,

KING'S CROSS CENTRAL,

LONDON N1 C

(Opposite Spiritland King's Cross)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 20:40

 

ROMANCE ... ALIVE AND WELL!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's less than 12 months since we enjoyed a new WILL DOWNING album... 'The Promise'. Then last month the soul world was excited by the news that there was more new Downing music on the way. That promise came via a great duet version (with Avery Sunshine) of Dionne Warwick's Isaac Hayes penned 'Déjà Vu'. We were told that the track came from what was to be the first of two EPs...both entitled 'Romantique' ... and now the first volume of that promised "EP romance" is officially released and the five tracker fully lives up to the expectations that 'Déjà Vu' awakened.

Aside from 'Déjà Vu', the four other songs on the mini album are Lou Rawls' 'You'll Never Find Another Love like Mine', Will's own 'If She Knew', John Coltrane's jazz standard 'My One And Only Love' and the soul standard 'Never Can Say Goodbye'.

In truth, these "new" versions are respectful... but why not? The selections are all such great songs (the Downing original is no way out of place amongst such exalted company), so why take liberties? What Will does is deliver a true tribute to some of his heroes and influences... he just lets the songs and his remarkable voice do the talking!

The good news is that there's a 'Romantique part 2' on the way and there's a planned limited vinyl edition too. 'Romantique part 1' is out now on Will's own Sophisticated Soul imprint

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:36

 

IN THE MIX...

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 19:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's been a good year for UK soulstress DEBORAH BELL. First a big soul hit with 'Love Won't Pay The Rent' which was then followed by the catchy soul chart rider 'Stop Getting In Your Own Way' - a sophisticated modern soul foot tapper that in best ear worm tradition just got right inside your head... sensible message in the music too!

Now that latter winner is with us again in two new mixes – both courtesy of Deb's long-time collaborator Georgie B. There's a "Phat Mix" and a "1 Life 2 Live" mix and both tick all the obligatory modern soul boxes... but then so did the original... three for the price of one. All mixes available only via Deborah's web site ... www.deborahbellmusic.com

 

WEATHER REPORT!

Monday, 11 November 2019 19:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's been a while, but the good news is the WEATHER GIRLS are back! The original duo was, of course, Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash. After Wash's departure, Ms Rhodes toured the brand with her daughter Dynelle. Izora sadly passed in 2004 and since then the "Weather Girls" have been Dynelle alongside gospel vocalist Dorrey Lyles known for her work with the Harlem Gospel Choir.

Their new single is the energized 'Cheek To Cheek' which comes in three wonderful foot tapping mixes... the original, a disco lover's tweak and a funky-bump version. Not a lot to choose between 'em! The art work and the lyrics leave you in doubt about the "cheeks" the girls are on about! Ooh matron!

Helping the ladies to deliver are Atlanta based singer, songwriter Norwood and soul and dance diva, Terri B now better known to the UK soul crowd as Terri Green who fronts her own "project" (you know you love their album!!!) with Torsten Abrolat. Torsten is the producer of 'Cheek To Cheek' so you know we're talking real soul quality! It's set for release on Carrillo Music.

More good news, the Weather Girls are currently in the studio with Cool Million working on music for a 2020 release!

Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2019 19:45

 

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