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WITH EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART...

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 19:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month we posted that SOULUTIONS had a new album out... 'Fate'. We don't have a promo copy yet, so we can't honestly comment on its quality... BUT we do have the first single – a gorgeous beat ballad, 'Beat Of My Heart'. The recording is possibly the Geordie band's biggest production to date... a flavour of those sensuous Teddy P classics coupled with a touch of the Burt Bacharach's hither and thither. Sounds odd? Yes.... but it really works. It's Soulutions' most mature work yet... soul music for the soul not just for your soles (of your feet!)

SouLutions - Beat Of My Heart - Festive Park Productions - Released 20th September

 

GOT IT GOIN’ ON....?

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe name JENIQUA might sound new to most of the soul crowd but my guess is that most of that said soul crowd will know that soulful voice and bopped the night away to many a tune fronted by the Aussie singer/songwriter. You see, the Gospel trained singer has fronted quite a number of Cool Million tracks including their Christmas groove 'What Christmas Means To Me'. Her own 2010 EP made the Top 10 in Radio Airplay Charts in the UK along with her single 'Better Day' from that EP, at #3 in the same chart.

At the moment, she's busy working the circuit to promote her solo single 'U Got It Goin' On'/ 'Better Day'. The former is a proper old school, weekender style anthem; an irresistible call to the floor, it's totally original but it will remind you of loads and loads of classics! The latter, of course, is that old chart rider - a sweet, sweet ballad allowing Ms J to show off what she can do in the vocal department.... little wonder she's a go-to singer of choice for people like the Cool Million crew!

U GOT IT GOIN ON- JENIQUA - OUT NOW on Changed by Grace (CBG) Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:49

 

SINGING IN THE RAIN...

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altMaestro RANDY MULLER fronting "BOOM CHANG BANG" made a great return last month with an infectious and bright, breezy 'Joy In Da Rain' . It was a big builder of a tune with soulful vocal from ANGELA JOHNSON.

Well in the modern way, that tune now comes in the obligatory remix – this one's a "Jazzy" mix.... a little tighter, a touch more laconic, a sprinkling of keys and, yes, a tad jazzier... oh and that great vocal's still way up front!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:20

 

LEAVING YOU...

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altYou may remember earlier this year a brace of great soul cuts from Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Juanita Wynn. The ex gospel singer was particularly outstanding on 'Let It Go' and at the time we learned that her CV boasted work with people like Lalah Hathaway, Destinys Child, Angie Stone and Diana Ross.

Right now Juanita's working with D'Wayne Wiggins (yes of Tony! Toni ! Tone! and Lucy Pearl) on a project with Oakland based soulstress DEE DEE SIMON. The current single is an emotion tugging ballad – 'If I Leave You' . Ms Wynn says: "'If I Leave You' is a modern day soul gem. That harks back to the halcyon days of classy soul ballads of the 70's and 80's.". Wouldn't argue with that... shades of the great Shirley Brown here and highly recommended. Out now

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 13:09

 

ON THE BAYSWATER BEAT!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in the glorious 60s the UK music business was very different to the way it is today. Much like the USA, it was dominated by major label groups and with a few exceptions, independent set ups rarely got a look in. The UK music giants were EMI, Decca, Pye and Philips and for their newest compilation Ace Records turn their retrospective focus on the last label in that list ... and more specifically on the female artists who recorded there.

Philips (and subsidiaries Fontana and Mercury) was based in the heart of swinging London - Stanhope Place, Bayswater and it rode the 60s music revolution with panache moving swiftly from MOR product from people like Shirley Bassey, Dickie Valentine and Frankie Laine (who's work they licensed from the US) through to the beat boom. Their roster included Wayne Fontana, the Walker Brothers, the Merseybeats, the Spencer Davis Group and underrated Scouse band, the Escorts. Remember too that Philips/Fontana were one of the first UK labels to license music from an upstart US indie called Motown!

Naturally Philips had a pool of female talent too and on 'Live It Up! Bayswater Beat Girls', the Ace team line up a generous 25 tracks showcasing the best of their output. The jewel in the Philips crown was a certain Dusty Springfield. She gets two cuts here – 'Heartbeat' and her version of an early Leon Huff song, 'Live It Up!' for which the album is named.

Dusty's soul sister, Madeline Bell gets one track 'I Really Got Carried Away' while future Motowner, Kiki Dee offers 'With A Kiss' and 'Small Town'. Soul collectors will also be familiar with Sharon Tandy. She contributes two tracks here including a sweet version of Deon Jackson's 'Love Makes The World Go Round'. Carol Keyes delivers another great soul cover – a take on the Smokey song, 'You Beat Me To The Punch'.

Ms Keyes is representative of many of the artists here – wannabees or at best one hit wonders like Susan Maughan and the Caravelles but that doesn't make their contributions any the less important. They all played their own special part in that wonderful musical decade.

'LIVE IT UP! BAYSWATER BEAT GIRLS' is out now on Ace Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:31

 

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