Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBLUE LAB BEATS (UK soul and jazz duo, NK-OK and Mr D.M) are not every one's cup of soul tea but since they started recording a year or two back they've steadily won friends and picked up plaudits and enjoyed plenty or airplay on the more adventurous radio stations.

The boys are just putting the finishing touches to their album ('Xover') –due for Spring 2018 release but in the meantime they're now promoting a new single – 'Pineapple' c/w 'Dome'. Hard to define their special sound – jazzy, hip-hoppish, electro, soulful, quirky, eclectic and catchy –and a lot more.

'Pineapple' with Moses Boyd & Nérija is a crazy instrumental with an irresistible shifting rhythm while 'Dome' which features Othasoul & Daniel Taylor mines a hip-hop, groove but both have an ethereal quality about 'em... different for sure!

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:49



Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe know plenty of soul fans with a soft spot for TODD RUNDGREN.... the allegiance probably dates back to his melodic blue-eyed soul tune, 'I Saw The Light'. Pigeon-holed "jazz-art rocker" by some commentators, Rundgren's last album, 'White Knight' consolidated his position as an eclectic performer.

Key cut on the album was the collaboration with R&B star DāM-FunK that was 'I Got Your Back'. Well now DāM-FunK has revisited the tune, adding more smooth e-piano grooves and a heavy bass synth line; the new "Re Freak" mix is picking up plenty of airplay.

The new tweak is available digitally via Cleopatra Records and it sits alongside (as a B side, if you would) a special downloadable release of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's remix of the Rundgren tune 'Deaf Ears'. That one's a whole lot quirkier than 'I Got Your Back' – but never less than interesting!

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:50



Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 2016 (yes that long ago!) modern soul connoisseurs were in thrall to the 'Colours' album from UK based soul collective THE DOGGETT BROTHERS. Led by (real) brothers Carl and Greg Doggett the Doggett's album spawned a plethora of modern soul dancers and a cleverly time-tabled series of remixes kept interest alive.

Well if you've missed any of those remixes the Doggetts have just released a four track EP that pulls together three of the best of the remodelling. First up there's Opolopo's master remix of 'Outta Control'; then there's T-Groove's rework of 'Hotter' featuring Laura Jackson, and, thirdly, album favourite 'You Make Me Feel' with ever dependable Kenny Thomas at the mic. Doggett fans might already have the cuts so to tempt them, the brothers have included a fourth cut –a brand new "exclusive to this EP only" Gambit electro soul remix of 'Our Time'

The Doggett Brothers – The Remixes Vol.1 is out now

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:17



Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGEO (I'm guessing George) GABRIEL is a new UK soul singer making a name for himself on the London music circuit. Geo's already worked with people like Jay-Z, Madonna, Lionel Ritchie, Beverley Knight, Leona Lewis, Michael Bolton and someone called Ed Sheeran. Geo was backing singer on Big Ed's 'A Shape Of You' hit!

Previous to all that Mr G spent four years working with Bazil Meade, the founder of the world famous London Community Gospel Choir, responsible for recording the backing track of The Lion King's 'The Circle of Life.'

25 year old Geo (who, by the way, has a pharmacology degree) is now breaking out on his own and will be releasing his first single on 15th December – just in time for those big Christmas parties and club nights – and his tune – an uplifting 'Destiny' has the power to fill those festive floors! The beats are spot on the current modern soul vibe and though the tune is deceptively simple there are a few quirky moments – plenty to keep interest alive, feet tapping and heads nodding.

Geo Gabriel will be launching 'Destiny' @ The Joint, King's Cross on December 15th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:37


DIANA ROSS ... The Legacy

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJust in time for Christmas, a new DIANA ROSS retrospective has just hit the sales racks and we're confident that the legions of La Ross fans will put the 15 tracker at the top of their pressie list!

The album is proudly titled : 'Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection' and it offers the cream of her solo career. You can probably guess what's included – yep – dead right – 'I'm Coming Out', 'The Boss', 'It's My House', 'Touch Me In The Morning' et al.....

You'll be glad to know that as an extra "gift" to her fans Ms R offers an "exciting" new dance club remix of her hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Eric Kupper mix).

The lady says: "I send this special gift to you all. This collection of songs is from my heart to yours and I send my love and thanks and appreciation to you for my joyous amazing journey, it's so much fun."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:19


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