Thursday, 07 June 2018 11:17 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


                  altRenowned for her supercharged vocals, which blend gospel-infused soul power with deep feeling, Los Angeles chanteuse JUDITH HILL follows up her 2015 debut album, 'Back In Time,' co-produced with Prince, with a new single taken from a forthcoming LP called 'Golden Child' that will released later this year. The single's called 'Pepper Club' and it's an irresistible funk groove with an infectious hook that is punctuated with jabbing horns. (Watch the video here:

34-year-old Judith, who's a former contestant on the US version of the TV series, The Voice, has sung on stage and in the studio with '80s icons, Michael Jackson and Prince and also appeared in the acclaimed 2013 movie, '20 Feet From Stardom,' an award-winning film about background singers.

Judith will also be touring the UK this summer as part of a European tour:

July 15th Night & Day, Manchester

July 16th The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

July 17th Pizza Express Birmingham

July 18th Pizza Express Holborn, London

July 19th Pizza Express Holborn, London


 'Pepper Club' is out now on all streaming and download platforms


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Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJazz buffs will know all about Grammy Award winning trumpeter CURTIS TAYLOR. Hailing from Bedford, Ohio, Taylor possesses formal degrees in jazz music but, of course, that's not what makes a great player. Passion and soul are more important than any number of BAs or Masters accolades and Taylor owns those qualities in spades! So much so that he's been called on to perform with luminaries such as Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Ed Motta, Rodney Whitaker, and gospel stars Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons and of course Cyrus Chestnut. More recently Curtis featured on Gregory Porter's 'Water' and 'Liquid Spirit'... the latter of course, scooping the Grammy.

Currently Curtis Taylor is promoting his latest solo project '#Hashtagged' and from it the single '#blackgirlmagic' is currently winning plenty of airplay Stateside on the more sophisticated and savvy music stations. The tune is a gentle neo-soul paean to the beauty and power of black women. The lovely, lithe vocal comes from the wonderfully named April May Webb –who's clearly studied at the Jill Scott vocal academy. The cut is more a lazy vibe than a structured song... a touch of Maxwell meets Donald Byrd and there's a catchy hook on the title passage. Both album and single are out now.

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast autumn, English-born, Australian-raised singer-songwriter DAISY HICKS made a comeback of sorts with the lovely single 'I Choose You'. In its original format the song was a sombre but plaintive ballad; it re-emerged in two different versions – a "Ruff Diamond" mix that upped the tempo to danceable and a "Curious" mix. Soul buffs will know that "Curious" is a brand of DJ/producer/ performer Sir Piers and Sir P is behind Daisy's latest release..... 'The Fall'.

The cut is a catchy little outing to which Piers brings a set of tricky but danceable beats. To confuse the issue (maybe) there's also a Brian Powers mix and in honesty there's' not a lot to choose between them.

It's not soul as we know it, Jim; (nothing like her great 2000 treatment of 'Sweetest Feeling').... indeed Daisy comes on here like a sweet Stevie Nicks. Yep, 'The Fall' is more Radio 2 than Soul Weekender but it has its own peculiar charm and it's good to go from June 29th (Traxsource from June 15th) on Daisy Hicks Music.



Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAJA WARREN is an American "arts all rounder" .... She describes herself as "a maker of music, art, film and magic" – don't know about the magic .... Never had a rabbit or a top hat, but right now Aja's very busy promoting her debut EP - the four tracker that is 'Infinite Stranger'.

The title track, like the remaining three inclusions, is a dramatic ballad with haunting, electro effects. If that's your thing, you need to know that the mini album is available right now.



Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTOWER OF POWER's latest album – 'Soul Side of Town' (released to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary (yes, that's 50!) is already topping all the credible soul album charts both sides of the Atlantic. Little wonder.... it's a master class in modern soul and funk with the band on the best of their recent form.

The 14 tracks are all originals and are a mix of hard funk (like 'Butter Fried') and wonderful mellow moments (try 'Can't Stop Thinking About You'). Cut that's winning the airplay right now is the fab 'Do You Like That?' – an absolute classic TOP sound. Interestingly the album features two lead vocalists - outgoing Ray Greene and incoming Marcus Scott. Their input though is seamless.

'Soul Side Of Town' – hugely recommended.


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