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NEEDIN’ YOUR LOVIN’

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest release from the Quantize team proves the old adage that you just can't keep a good tune down! 'I Need Your Lovin'' was always one of dear Teena Marie's best recordings and now DJ Spen has resurrected it in respectful tribute. This time though he's using the moniker SPENCER MORALES, 'cos the rework s a team effort between Spen and John Morales..... So, "Spencer Morales"... geddit?

Mr. Morales is no stranger to the tune. Some years back Motown invited him to remix it for one of their remix collections but here he gives the old warhorse a totally contemporary vibe though retaining plenty of the old magic.

Fronting the cut is feisty, big-voiced diva, Tasha Larae and she really does give her all.

You probably don't need me to tell you that the tune comes in a veritable plethora of mixes.... I counted seven. So as the man says... you pays your money etc. Call us old fashioned if you like but right now we're opting for the original vocal mix which will take you right back to those great weekender days. The "Thommy Strings of Love Mix" is interesting too.... but anything with strings these days is always worth checking!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:18

 

KEEP SMILING

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCHUBBY TAVARES' stab at a solo career goes from strength to strength as his latest single picks up momentum and plenty of radio plays.

For the single Mr T has selected one of his favourite songs – 'Smile' (best known, of course, in the Nat King Cole recording though Gregory Porter also featured it on his last album.) Chubby tells us that the Charlie Chaplin-penned 'Smile' was one of his mother's favourite songs (Michael Jackson also nominated it as his favourite) and he adds that he's honoured to offer his version which has been produced by Preston Glass and Nigel Lowis.

Chubby and team create a charming and sweet new reading; the beginning is subtle and stately before Glass and Lowis craft a gentle steppers vibe over which Chubby floats his vocal. There are two versions available – one with and one without a spoken middle section.

CHUBBY TAVARES: SMILE out now on DSG

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:19

 

RETURN OF THE MACK!

Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAYAR MACK is a Chicago soul man who now works out of Florida. His lengthy CV boasts work with people like Billy Paul, The Ebonys, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Patti LaBelle, Jon Secada, Stanley Clarke and George Benson. Multi instrumentalist Jaymar also has something like 1200 published songs to his credit.

Right now he's putting together all his bets bits onto an album –'The Best Of Jayar Mack' and from it he's just released one of his best known songs.... 'You Make Me Feel So Good'. It's a fab little modern soul beater with plenty of optimism – a real feel good vibe. The tune also comes in a new mix which incorporates everything that made New Jack Swing so damn irresistible

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 12:59

 

SOUL TESTIMONY

Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHailing from Washington DC, Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer TYRA LEVONE debuted in 2015 with the acclaimed single, 'If Only I Knew' – a dramatic ballad with a "this shall pass" gospel message. Hardly surprising; Tyra served her musical apprenticeship in the church, singing duets with her father. Ms Levone then went on to master the piano, developing her writing skills and crafting her own style which, we're told, she says was shaped by artists like Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker.

Indeed with the release of 'If Only I Knew' back in 2015, many US soul commentators made comparison with Anita Baker. That song is one of the centrepieces of Tyra's first album – 'Testimony: A Soul Set Free' which she is currently busy promoting and throughout the compact 12 tracker you'll realise that the Anita Baker comparison is an accurate one. Witness the gorgeous ballad that is 'Can't Love You More' to hear what we mean.... shades of Ms Baker, yes, but also the passion of Gladys Knight.

The album is top heavy with similar balladry – no bad thing, though, when there's a voice like Tyra's at the centre of things.... here's a couple that you need to check out – 'It's You' – so sweet and so lovely; 'You And You' – gentle and kissed with a Latin touch.

Proving that she can cut loose as required Tyra goes to danceland on 'Can You Feel It' – a loping, disco flavoured item. But Tyra and her people know that it's the balladry on which she excels. Her current single is the aforementioned 'Can't Love You More' backed with the sparser 'Fantasy'. Do yourself a big soul favour though and check out the whole album. You won't be disappointed!

TYRA LEVONE'S 'Testimony: A Soul Set Free' is out now

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:42

 

THINGS GET BETTER....

Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Better With Time' is the latest EP from Detroit writer, producer, drummer and arranger J CANADY. (the J stands for Jeff, by the way). Canady has an impressive CV; he started out aged just 7 and went on to play drums with the jazz ensemble Enchanted; then work with people like Dave McMurray, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell, Peter White, and Spyro Gyra soon followed.

He has a couple of solo projects under his belt but 'Better With Time' is his most soulful project to date. The set was inspired by the Whispers' song 'Just Gets Better With Time' a song that Jeff heard a few years back and always felt he needed to cover. Canady's smooth and infectious new take features the vocal skills of Herschel Boone, guitarist David P. Stevens, and saxophonist Randy Scott. The EP's other focus tune is 'Funktagus' – the name says it all.... a bass driven funky jazz workout with trumpeter Willie Bradley and pianist/composer Demetrius Nabors.

J CANADY ----- "Better With Time" EP ------- out now on JAC Entertainment LLC

 

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