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SHEET MUSIC!

Friday, 18 May 2018 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor the past several weeks Solar Radio has been getting a big response from its rotation of a sensual soul groove with a hint of "steppers" from DRE T TURNER. His tune is the infectious 'Stepping Between The Sheets' and it's easy to hear why Solar have playlisted it.

Our research reveals that Mr Tuner is no newcomer. Hailing from Maywood, Illinois, he started off with the family gospel group - The Turner Family Singers before becoming a solo performer – a role he pursued while also working as a chauffeur for "names" like R. Kelly, Tyrone Davis, and Queen Latifah. Now a full time singer, Dre regularly sells out venues in the Chicago area and with the success of 'Stepping Between The Sheets' it looks like he'll soon be filling venues nationwide!

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 19:32

 

RADIO RADIO!

Friday, 18 May 2018 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe emergence of DSG RECORDS has been one of the UK soul scene's biggest success stories of the last couple of years. The label was the logical spin off from the DISCO SOUL GOLD (DSG) blog/website which is the brain child of UK soul veteran GARY VAN DEN BUSSCHE.

Young Gary's been involved in the crazy world of UK soul for over 40 years – for 28 of those he ran his own soul club nights and DJ'd at the renowned Tramp nightspot.

Right now apart from running the mighty DSG empire, Gary is currently hosting his own show on Starpoint Radio, He broadcasts in the weekday (Monday- Thursday) mid morning spot (11 – 1) and it makes a great alternative to Ken Bruce and Jeremy Vine! Expect plenty of great and intriguing soul - old and new.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2018 18:35

 

PARIS SOUL!

Friday, 18 May 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul anoraks and inveterate sleeve readers will be aware of the name PARIS FORD. Mr F is one of soul's most in-demand bass players – and his pedigree goes way back to the 70s when he formed the band Tyrone Thomas & The Whole Darn Family. In 1981 Paris became a mainstay of The B. B. & Q. Band. In his own right he enjoyed chart action with 'Be My Girl'; then, after that, plenty of session and live work with people likes Rick James, Johnny Gill, New Edition, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Lenny White, Tyrone Thomas, Norman Connors and Lonnie Liston Smith.

Right now Mr Ford is busy re-promoting his in-demand back catalogue via a four track EP –that actually only features two songs – in two different mixes each (i.e. – 4 tracks!)

Songs in question are 'Don't Pass On Her' and 'Suzie Susy'. The former is a 2017 remake of a 1989 cut while the latter was originally released in '86. Both are hard, driving soul-funk workouts – not a million miles away from the sound of one time Ford collaborator Rick James.

Your usual download portal and/or CD Baby will allow investigation.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 19:32

 

SOUL WHIRLWIND.....

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe all got to know and love UK session singer HANNAH WHITE back in 2016 when her two singles 'Sunny Day' and 'That's Love' scaled all the credible UK soul charts. That was followed by the European flavoured 'Roma' – pop/soul at its very best.

Now Ms White offers more of the same with her latest release – 'Caught Up In A Whirlwind'. The song was orignally recorded by Richard Stepp and had been a favourite of  UK soul hero, STUART MATHER and though Stuart had demo-ed the song he'd never gotten round to properly recording it. Enter the DSG Records team who know a good song when they hear one. They got Hannah to cover it and as a little extra they got Stuart to duet with her and it absolutely works – sweet, sweet Brit pop/soul. If you're into the Soulutions sound, you'll love this! The cut comes in three mixes – two dubbed "Soul City" mixes – similar but with different endings and one full on "Radio City" edit.

By bizarre coincidence Mather's sometime music side kick (CHRIS) KINGDON has just issued a new single.... the catchy instrumental that is 'Sweet Summer Love X'. Like his big tune 'Cuba' this one's deceptively simple but it also reveals new depths with each play... plenty of cool vibes in there too.... properly summery just as the art work suggests!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2018 08:51

 

MORE PAYNE!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAt the back end of 2016 we got know all about US muso CLIF PAYNE via his collaboration with 'Band Of Gold' lady, Freda Payne (they're not related by the way). Their tune was a sweet mid tempo groove, 'No No Pain No Gain' and it was the focus cut on his 'Welcome To My World' LP.

Clif has now released a second full album – imaginatively titled 'Too'. Produced by Preston Glass and Larry Batiste, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Ms Payne is on board again. She joins Clif on the duet 'Yesterday's Payne, Tomorrow's Joy'. The album features two mixes of the song – the original and a Nigel Lowis re-tread which pleasantly channels the Stylistics' 'Betcha By Golly Wow'. Amongst the album's other highlights is the smooth title cut, 'Too'.

Clif Payne's 'Too' is out now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:27

 

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