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FANTASTIC?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf you fancy something a little different to your avenge dance sounds to ease you through the rest of this fab summer you may want to check out a new EP from Norwegian duo DE FANTASTISKE TO.

The pair are self proclaimed analogue junkies but their analogue is not the analogue of the real "old days". Rather, their sound is rooted in the use of retro synths channelling a classic 90's house fusion.

Make up your own minds after grabbing a listen to their 'Saharaball EP' – four hard-hitting electro cuts with the Yan Who mix being the only one that really hits the spot here at SJF.... kind of 80s electro disco with an intermittent, ethereal vocal. File under "interesting".

De Fantastiske To: 'Saharaball EP' (incl. Yam Who? and Alinka Remixes) out now on Black Riot Records

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:21

 

STARTING OVER....

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDetroit's KATHY KOSINS pleased the soul and jazz fraternity with her early 2018 long player 'Uncovered Soul' ... proper grown up music. Live shows and some choice singles and remixes have kept Kathy's stock nice and high. Amongst those re-mixes was Brian "Mr SoulHouse" Power's re-imagining of Kathy's Bill Withers' cover 'Can We Pretend'.

Now Mr Power has been let loose on another track from 'Uncovered Soul' – 'Don't Get Me Started' and as he did with 'Can We Pretend', Bri comes at the track from a totally new perspective. Where the original of 'Started' was a sinuous, soul meander with a jazzy undertow, the new Power mix channels a Norman Whitfield feel. .. not quite 'Papa Was A Rolling Stone', but that's the general direction.... heavy bass, funerary drums and lashings of funky wah wah guitar. Wisely he keeps the vocal right on top. Interesting.

We're told that there are more interesting and intriguing things on the way from Ms K, including (maybe) a duet with Will Downing, In the meantime you might want to check the mix of 'Don't Get Me Started'. It's released on SoulHouse: July 26th on Traxsource; August 9th mainstream.

 

IN OLDEN TIMES....

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSince the demise of dear Floetry, MARSHA AMBROSIUS has gone from strength to strength. Lashings of great solo efforts, plenty of pleasing collaborations and a raft of Grammy nominations have kept Ms A very busy.

Right now she's polishing her upcoming album – and as a taster, the first single has become available – 'Old Times'. Produced by DJ Camper (Tamar Braxton, Ledisi, Nicki Minaj), it offers a totally contemporary sound but there's a feel of classic 60s soul about it too. Maybe it's the passion and/or Marsha's fragile vocal delivery but it has an odd, ethereal magic about it. The video, with its symbolic imagery of violence against African-Americans by those in authority is intriguing too.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:40

 

HEAVENLY!

Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest single from GEORGIE B’s GROOVE ASSOCIATION is a tight modern soul dancer, ‘Dancing In Heaven’. The tune comes in two excellent mixes – little to choose between ‘em. ‘The Classic Soul Mix’ is, well, just that – “classic”! The American mixed ‘Lower East Side’ mix is a tad “tougher” if you see what I mean – bass driven it really does conjure up the vibe and sound of NY’s Lower East Side. Some great sax work in there too while the vocals are down to Mr B and Deborah Bell.

If you know the Groove Association and Georgie B, you’ll know what to expect – proper modern soul delivered with love and commitment. If you’re still not in on the band, then we recommend you check it out toute de suite! However, this particular soul treat is only available form George's own web site - www.georgiebmusic.com

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:13

 

“SHOWTIME” RILEY DIES...

Saturday, 07 July 2018 11:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS soul sources are reporting the death of the wonderfully named TONY "SHOWTIME" RILEY – a versatile New York singer who worked both solo and as a member of various groups... most notably the 2006 incarnation of the Persuaders.

Riley joined the Persuaders in 2006 for the recording of their acclaimed album 'Made To Be Loved' and from there he led THE R&B Revue – a mainstay of the East Coast live soul circuit and more recently he released his own ambitiously titled solo set, 'Greatest Hits'

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:45

 

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