Sunday, 03 December 2017 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCelebrated session bassist ROBERT "POPS" POPWELL died on Monday 27 November in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was aged 66.

Born in Florida in 1950, "Pops" Popwell will be most fondly remembered by soul fans for his work with the Crusaders, but in a garlanded career he worked with people like the Young Rascals, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Ron Wood, Al Jarreau, Bobby Womack, Larry Carlton, Joe Sample, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, and Randy Crawford.

Robert is survived by his wife and three children.



Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe SED SOUL/COOL MILLION nexus (essentially Rob Hardt and Frank Ryle) have carved out quite a niche.... specialising in an easily identifiable modern soul sound that fuses the best of retro with cool contemporary flavours. Next year the team will be celebrating their tenth anniversary, and in preparation it seems that Rob and Frank are clearing the decks a little.

At the beginning of November they released the totally excellent 'Best Of Cool Million' long player, now, hot on its heels, comes volume 1 of the Sed Soul Singles Collection. The album pulls together in physical format a fab collection of soul singles that Sed Soul has released over the last year or so – many were only ever available digitally – so now everyone can enjoy them "for real" as it were!

Amongst the selected tunes are Laura Jackson's 'Don't Walk Away', Kiki Kyte's 'Disco Chick', Diane Marsh's 'Love U Right' and Seest's - 'All In The Name Of Love'. Rob and Frank get themselves in the act too with 'Trying' and 'Busy Dreamin'' respectively.

There are 16 cuts on the set and not a dud amongst them and it's out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:34



Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe seasonal remixes continue to come thick and fast and the latest big 'un to enjoy a re-tooling is CALVIN RICHARDSON'S 'Treat Her Right'. The old school tune was always a highlight on the "Prince Of Soul's" last long player – 'All Or Nothing' and in this new format the old school vibe shines strong and proud. To give the cut extra bite K-Ci has been added to the roster and it totally works. A certain Bobby Womack would've been properly proud of this!

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 19:34



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


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