Friday, 19 October 2018 09:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCAITI BAKER is an Australian singer who's just launched her debut album, the 11 track 'Zinc'. The long player isn't a classic soul set by any means... it's rough and tough with hints of blues and country rock but one tune 'Could It Be Nerves' is making radio waves. Investigation reveals that the cut is a hybrid of sounds and styles but there's a progressive soul undertow to it... maybe a little Amy Winehouse-ish?

Track we're liking right now is the down and dirty 'Dreamers' which owes more than a little to the blues classic 'Spoonful' in its guitar riffing. Elsewhere, not a lot to detain the traditional soul crowd but if you like things a little different you may want to investigate.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2018 10:10



Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about ALTEREGO VIBE save that the fivesome (3 guys, 2 girls) hail from London and that they are currently promoting a new EP, 'Home'. They describe their harmonic sound as a cool blend of Acid Jazz, Blue-Eyed Soul and R&B and if you investigate the two focus cuts... 'More Than That' and 'A Place Called Home' you may be forced to agree.

'A Place Called Home' has a gentle feel to it and there's a subtle hint of nostalgia too – quite fitting the title and sentiment. 'More Than That' is sweet and laid back too but a tad tougher with a strong bass line that might recall Jamiroquai and/or Brand New Heavies. No wonder, Alterego Vibe number those two bands as big influences – alongside Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Tower of Power.

ALTEREGO'S 'Home' EP is out now

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:46



Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOne of this summer's big tunes was the BRIAN POWER/HIL ST SOUL collaboration 'A New Day (The World Is Mine)'. The duo are back together for another dynamic soul cut – 'Music'. Again, released on Brian's Soulhouse label, 'Music' rides a lithe, shuffling groove with a hint of calypso about it. We defy you not to tap your feet along to this and with a Wipe The Needle mix to come, this one is set to run and run!

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2018 10:18



Thursday, 18 October 2018 18:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS sources are reporting the deaths of two soul music stalwarts. First, it's been announced that GARY YOUNG – sometime member of NEW BIRTH (pictured above)- has died. It was in 1969 that his band, The Now Sound joined forces with instrumental outfit, the Nite Liters ad a female group. Mint Julep to form New Birth. New Birth debuted in 1970 with an eponymous LP on RCA; the next year they enjoyed a hit with their version of the Perry Como song, 'Its Impossible'.

After several more complex personnel changes (at one time the band numbered 17), New Birth went on to enjoy several hits and an R&B number with their cover of Jerry Butler's 'Mr Dream Merchant'. The band line up was always fluid and after his time with New Birth, Young was a member of The Soul Gents.

Like Young, the second recent soul passing, KEITH HAINES, was never a major player but he'll be remembered for his time as keyboardist and vocalist with the Dazz Band. He joined the group in 1996 and played on their albums 'Here We Go Again' and 'Double Exposure'.



Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest album from smooth jazzer KIM WATERS is the ten tracker that is 'What I Like' and if what you like is classic, sax-led, slick smooth jazz, riding a sophisticated soul groove this is for you! That sound is best typified by the opener, 'The Touch Of Love' – little wonder that Waters and his team selected the infectious tune as the album's lead single.

Seven of the ten tracks are Waters' originals (he plays most of the instruments and produces too) but to keep interest high there are three well-chosen covers. First up there's a jazzy reading of Bruno Mars' 'That's What I Like', then a great take on Maxwell's 'Sumphin' Sumphin'' and finally a cover of the Isleys' 'Voyage To Atlantis' – one of the LP's slower moments.

KIM WATERS: That's What I Like' is out now on SHANACHIE

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 12:51


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