Saturday, 10 November 2018 12:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was back in May that we discovered a new album from US soul man RAI. 'Love's On The Way' was/is a well-crafted, beautifully produced modern soul set that still sounds good and will, I'm sure, be in the year's best album listings.

We still don't know too much about RAI but since the album release he's issued some great mixes off the album's lead cuts. Now he's just released mix of the enigmatic 'Here I Am'. The new working comes courtesy of Alex Di Cio and he retains the same air of mystery and soulful, intrigue.... recommended.



Saturday, 10 November 2018 12:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul entrepreneur ERROL HENRY sure likes his 'Heartbreaking' song. Via his famous SOUND PRINCIPLE outlet we first came across it back in 2015 –a solid, classic modern soul groove. Since then we've had numerous mixes – including most recently a tight and tasty Full Phat mix.

Now the tune is back amidst us in a new "Soul Revival" mix which takes us into sophisticated soulful house territory.... subtle and sweet. Out soon.



Friday, 09 November 2018 13:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThis week (Monday 5th November, to be precise) would have been Charles Bradley's 70th birthday. Sadly as we know, on September 23rd, 2017, Charles passed away from cancer but his friends and label (Dunham/Daptone) have been determined to ever celebrate his music, rather than mourn his loss. To that end Dunham/Daptone have just released what is Bradley's fourth album .... 'Black Velvet'.

The ten tracker has been assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone and features recordings from his entire Dunham/Daptone career. It features new songs recorded during the sessions from each of his three previous albums. Amongst them is a gorgeously soulful 'Fly Little Girl'. Long time Bradley fans will be delighted to have an "alternate" electric version of 'Victim Of Love' while the album boasts three very interesting covers - Nirvana's 'Stay Away', Neil Young's 'Heart of Gold' and Rodriguez's 'Slip Away'. Rodriguez is a Detroit based folk singer an Charles was a longtime fans. Here he takes the man's 'Slip Away' right down to soulsville,

Poignantly this album's title track, 'Black Velvet' is an instrumental. Charles was working on the song when he began his chemotherapy and afterward became too weak to finish it. Outstanding track on the album is the incendiary' Can't Fight The Feeling' which has lain in the Daptone vault since 2007 just when the Screaming Eagle of Soul was finally finding his wings.

CHARLES BRADLEY BLACK VELVET out now on Dunham/Daptone Records


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Friday, 09 November 2018 13:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altI'm guessing that not too many readers of these august pages will have heard the name WARREN WIEBE but I'm equally sure that plenty will have heard his distinctive voice. Born in California, Warren was one of America's top session singers and he's worked with people like David Foster, Celine Dion, Jay Graydon, Gloria Estefan, Lalah Hathaway and, maybe most importantly, Burt Bacharach and Quincy Jones. Indeed Q dubbed Warren his "Soulful Rain Man" and that might give you a clue to some of the problems that dogged Warren. For many years he battled with mental health issues and depression and, sadly, in October 1998 he took his own life.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Warren's untimely passing Contante & Sonante Records have just released a selection of songs featuring his wonderful voice. 'Original Demos Featuring Warren Wiebe' offers fourteen studio recordings - eight of which are previously unreleased. The cuts are collaborations with writers and producers like Steve Dorf, Guy Thomas, Tom Snow and David Foster. One of the Foster songs is the lovely 'The Colour Of My Love' which was written for the musical 'Scream' and intended for Celine Dion. But when Ms Dion heard Warren's demo she decided that she'd be unable to better his performance.

More importantly, maybe, 'Original Demos Featuring Warren Wiebe' features two collaborations with Burt Bacharach. The songs are 'Never Take That Chance Again' and 'Love Made Me Wait.' Bacharach wrote the songs with Tonio K and (in the case of the latter) with Dave Loggins. Indeed 'Love Made Me Wait' is classic Bacharach and one wonders why it's remained unreleased till now.

Another famous name amongst the writer credits is Gerry Goffin. He's the co-author with Tom Snow of the sweet AOR ballad 'You're Welcome In My Life' which features a flawless Warren Wiebe vocal... but we could say that about any of the 14 recordings .

ORIGINAL DEMOS FEATURING WARREN WIEBE is out now on Contante & Sonante Records

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Friday, 09 November 2018 10:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the years the German label TRAMP has issued plenty of mighty rare soul, jazz and funk. The set up is known for its carefully curated compilation series – like 'Movements' and 'Praise Poems' and now the guys have launched a brand new series – 'Can You Feel It?' which is all set to explore and offer ultra rare and obscure disco and modern soul grooves.

Next week (16th November, to be precise) Tramp will release the first volume in the series.... 'Can You Feel It? Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-86'. The album boasts 18 tracks and, unusually for Tramp who specialise in the real obscure, there are a few names here that soul collectors will recognize right away... like the Tams. Their offering is the sweet mid-tempo groove 'This Precious Moment' – stuffed with all the veteran group's signature sounds including that special "cracked" lead voice. Then there's Ron Henderson's gritty 'Boogie Man' – a cut that has been popular in Europe for a while now. A name that most soul folk won't recognize is The Deep South Dance Band- however, they'll know the lead voice – a certain Frederick Knight. Their song, 'Don't It Make You Feel Good' was recorded down in Malaco.

Other album highlights include the light disco of Keith Florence and the Associates' 'Future' and Tyree Glenn Jr's 'SOS'- but all the cuts offer something catchy and quirky.

'Can You Feel It? Modern Soul, Disco & Boogie 1976-86' will be released on CD and in double vinyl. The first 400 vinyl copies will also have a 7" single of Deep Velvet's 'Can You Feel It' for which the series is named.


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