Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMancunian soulstress GIZELLE SMITH has won plenty of friends with her debut solo album, 'Ruthless Day' (see both our interview and reviews archive) and now, as one of the LP's key cut wins a high profile remix, that circle of friends and fans is all set to widen.

Track in question is 'Dust' and the high profile remixers are the legendary Dimitri From Paris working alongside jazz-funk outfit, Cotonete. They collaborated to transform the Brit soul gem into an optimistic slab of good old fashioned disco! The mix comes in four options - including the obligatory Gizelle on it obviously but the Cotonete Orchestra work up a full head of dance floor steam that will set heads nodding, feet tapping and a whole lot more!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 10:57



Monday, 09 April 2018 18:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul man CHUCK STEPHENS hails from Buffalo, New York and began his career as a DJ. He eventually came to the attention of famed song writing/production team Richard and Robert Poindexter who took him into the studio to work on a single..... 'Let's Get Nasty'/ 'Girl I Want To Make Love To You' which was released on the East Coast label in 1975.

Two years later another Chuck Stephens single came out. This time 'Coffee'/'Paying For Your Love' was released on the Leo Mini label.

Neither 45 meant much Stateside, but in the UK, Blackpool Mecca DJ, Colin Curtis "discovered" 'Nasty' and regularly played it out. The cut became big on the scene and soon Stephens' 'Paying For Your Love' was resurrected too. Both cuts remain hugely popular and highly collectable, so to oblige demand the nice people at Soul Junction Records have paired Chuck's two best-known songs – 'Let's Get Nasty' and 'Paying For Your Love' on one vinyl 45.

Easy to hear why both tunes have remained popular. Both are easy on the ear, uncomplicated, harmonic, catchy and classically soulful. Find out more @


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Monday, 09 April 2018 17:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 2016 we introduced you to a UK soul band named for soul's gentle genius.... MAYFIELD. Now we've discovered there's another outfit using the same evocative name. This second Mayfield is an Australian sextet (based in Melbourne) who began by playing covers of dear old Curtis tunes. From there they graduated to performing their own music, though naturally the shadow of the great man was/is always there.

Currently Mayfield's line up is - Carla Troiano -Lead Vocals; Justin "Kenny" Hall - Saxophone and backing vocals; Benny 'Hoos' Huisman – Keys; Jesse Chin-Quan – Bass; Ivan "Choi' Khatchoyan –Drums (he also works with also with Cookin' on 3 Burners) and Kyran Daniel – Guitar.

The band are currently gigging hard, promoting their latest album, 'Victim Of Circumstance' – a tough, uncompromising 12 tracker that has already won airplay from the likes of Craig Charles.

Easy to hear why it's has impressed CC..... Mayfield's music is for real and totally organic (a quality that drummer/producer Ivan "Choi" Katchoyan perfected with his "other band", Cookin' on 3 Burners.

In places you can hear the influences of the band's hero. On cuts like 'You Can't Love Me' and 'My Apartment' the guitar work and throbbing bass lines have their roots in stuff like 'Freddie's Dead'. Fronting these tracks is the feisty (some might say fearsome) vocals of Carla Troiano. We're told that she's only tiny but vocally she packs a punch. You'd be a brave man to argue with her – try 'Fuck You And Your Happiness' to hear what I mean. Ms. Troiano clearly takes no prisoners! She's a little mellower on the soul groove that is 'Mr Right Now' while she's at her most interesting on the semi-instrumental that is the moody 'Weapon Down'.

Find out more about the Aussie Mayfield @



Monday, 09 April 2018 17:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHard to believe, maybe, but our above headline is spot on. Yes, Motown icon SMOKEY ROBINSON has a song currently scaling the US country charts. Tune in question is a soulful, power ballad, 'I Lied' that Smokey penned with jazz keyboardist DAVID GARFIELD.... pictured together above (see our recent news item about David).

'I Lied' is the second song that Smokey and David have collaborated on. Soul anoraks may remember that the pair was responsible for 'One Like You' which George Benson recorded on his 2009 album 'Songs And Stories'. (Garfield was... indeed is  Benson's MD and he also performed on Smokey's 'Time Flies When You're Having Fun' long player.)

Sadly the Motown legend doesn't take to the mic on 'I Lied'. That honour goes to rising country singer J Paris and she offers a blue-eyed soul twist to the obviously country flavoured treatment.

We're told that the track will feature on David Garfield's next album, 'Vox Outside The Box' – a set of the keyboardist's collaborations with jazz, R&B, rock and pop luminaries and the follow up to his recent 'Jazz Outside the Box' (once again, see recent news item).


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 13:43



Saturday, 07 April 2018 13:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor the past few years San Francisco's CORNELL CARTER (who sometimes just works using his initials "C.C.") had made himself plenty of friends in the soul community. The one time top session singer (he's worked with people like Ray Charles, James Brown, The Whispers, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Kool and the Gang and most recently Narada Michael Walden) really took off with his long player 'In The Moment' from which a series of well-crafted singles and their remixes scaled the credible soul charts.

The good news is that CC is putting the finishing touches to a new album – 'One Love' – due June/July. Cornell says it's his homage to the world of classic soul, R&B and jazz, but in the meantime there's a new single on the way. 'That Feelin'' will be the album's lead track and though it's not officially available till April 27th, previews reveal a tasty, insistent modern soul beater. Cornell is in great vocal form (remember, the man has pedigree!) and the vibe and groove are bob on.... so they should be! The tune was co-written and produced by UK muso Morgan Howell, better known, of course, as 'Soulpersona'.... and if anyone knows the modern soul groove, then it's Morgan H! It's all looking good for that new long player!

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