Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLINA is a new (ish) US soulstress busy right now promoting her latest single 'Best Friend'. If you listen to Mi-Soul, you'll know it already - it features in their Connoisseurs UK Chart and rightly so... It's a sweet and lovely modern, smooth soul groove and it's available to download right now via Regi Myrix's Myrix Media.

'Best Friend', by the way, is the lead single from Lina's upcoming 'Supernatural Love' album

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:27



Wednesday, 12 September 2018 12:21 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                             altCalling all Northern Soul fans among the SJF readership! Charly Records have just re-launched their Club Soul label (and a companion website - devoted to obscure and hard-to-find gems from the world of soul and R&B music.

Northern Soul devotees will discover both 180-gram vinyl LPs and 45s available to buy.  For an overview of the genre, there's 'Club Classics - 50 Years Of Northern Soul,' a double LP that charts the development of the rare soul scene in UK clubs in the late 60s that later evolved into a working class music phenomenon in the north of England in the '70s called Northern Soul. There are 28 key tracks associated with the scene, including Linda Jones' 'You Hit Me Like T.N.T.', Benny Spellman's 'Fortune Teller,' Sydney Barnes' 'I Hurt On The Other Side' and Joe Simon's 'The Girl's Alright With Me.'

Other LPs in the series profile some of the key clubs - and the music they were associated with - that birthed the Northern Soul scene. 'The Twisted Wheel' is a 14-track single LP highlighting the legendary Manchester Twisted Wheel club's influence and features crucial cuts from Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The Sahrpees, Solomon Burke, Ernie K-Doe, and many others.

'The Scene Club' focuses on 16 tracks that lit up a Mod hangout located in Ham Yard, London, that sowed the seeds for the UK rare soul scene in the early to mid-'60s. Highlights include Ike & Tina Turner's 'A Fool In Love,' Bessie Banks' 'Go Now,' Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford's 'I Need Your Loving,' and Bettye Everett's 'I've Got A Claim On You.'

One of the Northern Soul scene's most hallowed haunts was the legendary Wigan Casino - once voted the world's best disco - which is celebrated by the compilation, 'Wigan Casino Soul Club.' Featured are cuts by the Skull Snaps, Clarence Murray, The Young Savages, and Maurice Williams.

'Northern Soul Weekender' is a 16-track LP co-compiled by DJ, Russ Winstanley and recreates the halcyon days of Northern Soul's heyday with tracks by Ann Sexton, P.P. Arnold, Sidney Barnes, Jerry Williams, Sam Dees, and Ruby Andrews.

Now available on 45s are songs by Little Hank, Ernie K-Doe, P.P. Arnold, Ann Sexton, The Ad Libs, and others.

For more info and full track listings go to:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:31



Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul connoisseurs will know all about the 'So Soulful' compilation series.... Volume 3 has just been released and like the first two editions the album features the very best in independent soul from around the world. The album series is compiled by a DJ who just wants to be known as DJ SO SOULFUL. In his early days he went out as DJ Jai and since then he's he's hosted radio shows, headlined high profile gigs and set up his own label via his multi-visited web site... and of course, curated the 'so Soulful' series.

The new collection offers lots of treasures and the aforementioned connoisseurs will probably go straight to Lina Nikol's 'All I Need' which features input from someone called Frank McComb.... never heard of him! Amongst the other familiar names is Al Castellana whose contribution is the catchy 'You Are' which's bob on the current modern soul vibe. Amongst the other featured artistS are Don E, Mike Champion and Jessica Childress.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:36



Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA new name to us, RONNETTE HARRISON, we're told is a music multi tasker.... recording artist, radio personality, vocalist, pianist, composer, songwriter, piano instructor and vocal coach. Working in and around Washington DC, she started in the music biz aged just 11 when she worked with Shirley Ables & The Joy Gospel Singers. Since then she's worked constantly in the gospel area, picking up numerous awards en route. Her first solo album, 'Journey' cemented her position on the gospel circuit and she's currently working on a follow up.

From that upcoming sophomore set, the single 'Always There' is winning plenty of airplay on the gospel stations stateside and it's sweet, modern soul vibe has huge crossover potential. You see the song and its message – though, yes, gospel-based – has a meaning that can be applied to secular relationships and situations too. It's a lovely tune and well worth seeking out.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:18



Sunday, 09 September 2018 18:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOur spies tell us that the lovely MARSHA AMBROSIUS is gearing up to release a new album..... due very soon. In the meantime, US radio is awash with the lead single – a solid soul groove , 'Luh Ya'. Complex but simple, soft and soulful it has a lovely, elegant feel and Ms A shows again that she's a class act, understanding, perhaps better than many of her US counterparts, what modern soul is all about.


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