Friday, 19 January 2018 19:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSALVATORE MANALO is a young singer/songwriter/guitarist who enjoyed an itinerant upbringing. His father was in the US Navy and on his travels young Manalo took to the guitar. In his teens, living in Japan, his guitar skills improved and he started to write songs and develop his own sound and style which is maybe best described as blue-eyed soul with an AOR rock overlay... a little like John Mayer, if you would.

By 2010 Mr M was attending the Berklee College of Music and his online music postings started to draw decent audiences. After gigging round Southern California, Salvatore returned back to Portland and on the back of a successful kickstarter campaign, he's just released his first proper recording – a five track eponymous EP that kicks off with a rumbling blues-tinged 'Always'. The song features a memorable hook – something shared by 'This Feeling' and the jauntier 'Rolling'. 'Stay' offers something different... it's a gentle acoustic ballad that allows the warmth of the vocal to shine.

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Friday, 19 January 2018 18:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMF ROBOTS (Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph -who met during their respective tenures with the Brand New Heavies) released some tasty singles through 2017, creating a buzz for the upcoming album which is promised March.

In the meantime Mr Kincaid has been back in the studio and remixed the last single 'Show Me The Love'. This new tweak is a longer, tougher and funkier than the original. Garnished with the odd electro effect, it's more focused too and Ms Joseph's vocal is well up in the mix and the more convincing for it.

We're told that the new mix is available now from the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 January 2018 19:10



Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest offering from award-winning producer, songwriter and musician PRESTON GLASS is, I guess, what we used to call a concept album. Produced in conjunction with David Nathan's SoulMuisc Records, Glass' 'Love & Compassion' 17 track collection is all about peace, understanding, respect and, yes – love and compassion.

Preston and David say: "There is a void in the world's landscape today, of what used to be "basic human ingredients of 'LOVE and COMPASSION'".....The need for these qualities is what sparked the inspiration for this album".

To help deliver the concept Mr G has drafted in a stellar team of performers that includes people like Gerald Alston, Chubby Tavares and Freda Payne. Some of the music has been available before – notably the Alston collaboration with Willie Bradley, 'In The Meantime' – a track that was a 2017 UK soul hit. Most of the rest, though, are brand new songs.

Amongst the noteworthy tracks are a great version of 'Ghetto Child' by Brendon Wattz and 'Love Always Wins' by Eugene Cole (a scion of the famous Cole family). Other contributors include Ron Tyson, Kirk Whalum and Aiyana Lee – the granddaughter of Jimmy Ruffin.

Glass authored (or co-authored) all the songs (with the exception of 'Ghetto Child') and it would be very easy for cynics to knock the principle behind songs like 'Welcome To The Human Race', 'Peace Is More' and 'Love Will Get Us Through' but as someone once said (Nick Lowe, I think) "What's So Funny 'Bout Love Peace And Understanding"?


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:27


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Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon address 100 WARDOUR STREET has always been important in Soho's musical iconography. In 1964 the legendary Marquee Club set up home there. The venue played host to artists like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, countless wannabees and dozens of visiting US soul stars.

The Marquee sadly closed in 1988 and since then the venue has had several uses. Most recently it's been home to the restaurant/bar/live music venue simply called 100 WARDOUR ST.

100 Wardour St offers live music five nights a week and starting this coming Tuesday, 23 January (and every Tuesday thereafter), the place will be buzzing to the sounds of the Atlantic Soul Orchestra (pictured below). "SOUL TUESDAYS", for that's the name of the night, will offer hard-hitting soul as the band run through their repertoire of music from the back catalogues of people like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Sam Cooke and many more.

The night starts at around 8pm and if you fancy a bite there's soul food on offer too!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:23



Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGermany's TRAMP RECORDS get into the New Year with the ninth instalment in their always excellent 'MOVEMENT' series for which the motivation is to dig out the ultra rare, the esoteric and the downright obscure. To date the 'Movement' series has unearthed over 100 unknown soul, funk and jazz tracks and this new edition carries on the tradition with a glorious panache and a welcome disdain for the fashionable.

To understand what it's all about grab a listen to a cover of 'Harlem Shuffle' by a band called Hot Cakes. You've probably heard dozens of versions of this song but I guarantee that you've never heard it like this... a kind of Spanish Harlem Shuffle with Fatback Band overtones and the odd crazy harmony ...wonderful stuff! Another interesting cover is Dario and the Infernos' take on Oscar Brown's 'Brother Where Are You' while Chick Willis' 'Sometimes Soon' gives James Brown's 'It's A Man World' a real run for its money.

As ever with Tramp there's plenty of fab rare soul and funk here and with the label celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, I'm sure we can expect much, much more!

By the by, the first 400 LPs of this album come with a bonus 7" single of Melo Madnezz's 'What You Getting High On' – a mad, off every wall Northern flavour!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:48


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