Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIf you memory's better than mine you'll have fond recollections of the 70s in general and the sound of Solar Records in particular! Founded in 1978 by Dick Griffey, the label enjoyed huge, era-defining success with artists like The Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, Lakeside, Dynasty and a certain CARRIE LUCAS.

We've been told that Solar is all set to re-launch and as a precursor, they've just released a new 45 on the aforementioned Carrie Lucas. The tune is a proper 80s's throwback, 'Some Things Never Change' and it has seen helmed by the ubiquitous mixer/producer Nigel Lowis. Our research reveals that it's maybe 30 years since we last heard from Carrie.... 'Some Things Never Change' sounds like she's never been away. In the context... what a great title!

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBetween them, your friendly SOULANDJAZZANDFUNK crew have been following and commenting on soul for over half a century! In that time we've covered soul music made in every corner the world... but we don't think we've ever featured bona fide soul artists from the Indian sub continent!

Enter MR. MALOOUK & THE GOOMBAS - a 3 piece soul/funk band based in Mumbai, India and the line up is Mr. Maloouk on Keys & Production, Sticky Twiggs on Guitar, and Perp on Lead Vocals. Their latest single is a quirky stop/start soulful affair, 'One Of These Days' which traces the relationship between a child and their mother, and how deep the love they share is. Singer, Perp, leads with a sweet falsetto and you would be forgiven for thinking that the cut originated in soul's original heartlands.

File this under "interesting and intriguing" and find out more @

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:47



Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altALICE VIOLA is an Italian-born jaz/neo soul/R&B singer/composer, and she's currently busy promoting her debut solo album – 'A Long Trip'.

Self-produced, the 11 tracker was recorded at the White Castle studios in Italy and many of the session players are those who work with the great Mario Biondi.

Reflecting her itinerant career, Alice sings in Italian, English and Spanish and the soundscape touches several musical bases – neo soul, R&B, reggae and lounge jazz. Indeed amongst the album highlights are two lovely lounge jazz excursions – the gentle 'I'll Take Care Of You' (with some fine Chet Baker style trumpet from Franco Capiluppi) and the simple 'Tra Me E Me' (one of several Italian language songs on the collection)

The rug cutters will find much to please them on the clipped, stately modern soul beater that is 'Scars'.... marginally tighter than the similar 'Little Girl'. The reggae-inflected 'Believe' adds variety – clearly Alice has been looking at Amy Winehouse for inspiration here!

Ms Viola says that the long player illustrates the "the physical, intimate and artistic journey that I've made with my music". See if you agree by checking out 'A Long Trip' at a download portal near you!

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGIG are a new music trio who've just debuted with a lovely adult pop confection, the 11 track long player that is 'Brave New World'. Tagging GIG "new", though, isn't quite right since each of the band members boast enviable music biz CVs.

GIG are RANDY GOODRUM, DAVE INNIS and BRUCE GAITSCH – hence GIG! Goodrum is a garlanded song writer - credits include including 'You Needed Me' for Anne Murray, 'Who's Holding Donna Now' for El DeBarge, 'Oh Sherrie' for Steve Perry and 'I'll Be Over You' for Toto. He's also collaborated with Jay Graydon as J&R. Innis was founder member of country pop band Restless Heart and has written for, amongst others, the Pointer Sisters while Gaitsch has worked with people like Chicago, Celine Dion, Elton John, Amy Grant and Peter Cetera. He also co-authored Madonna's ' 'La Isla Bonita'.

The threesome came together as GIG in 2013 and between shows they've been working on 'Brave New World' – an album that features input from many of the West Coast's and Nashville's top session players.

The soundscape across the 11 tracker is classy, adult pop. For sure, there's a classic harmonic West Coast vibe (in the manner of say James Taylor, Toto and America) – but there's also a garnish of blue –eyed soul – think Hall and Oates and England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Stand out track is the Hammond-led ballad 'All I'll Ever Need'. It's actually the LP's oddity in as much as it wasn't written by GIG. The song was penned in the early nineties by composer and keyboardist Michael Haddad, who demoed it with lead vocals by the late Warren Wiebe . GIG recorded a whole new backing track behind the original vocal and the end result is a quite beautiful soft rock/blue eyed soul ballad. Also of note are the Latin-tinged 'Hernando's Paradise' and the intriguing title track which seems to take Bowie's 'Space Oddity' as its source. But dip in anywhere and you'll enjoy polished, adult pop with each track offering novella style story lines.

GIG's 'Brave New World' is out now on Spanish label CONTANTE & SONANTE RECORDS


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:13



Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year young BRIAN POWER consolidated his position as a major player on the UK soul and soulful house scene with his long player compilation, 'Soulhouse Volume 1'. The set became an instant best seller, collecting together the very best singles that Brian had released on his Soulhouse label.

The compilation also boasted three brand new cuts of which 'You Mean the World to Me' (with house legend Marc Evans at the mic) was always the tastiest. The cut was hugely popular and now it's set to have longer legs as it's reissued in several new mixes – from Opolopo and Mark Di Meo.

The Opolopo mixes are stuffed with the meister's signature beats and flavours but the Di Meo ones get our vote – a tad slower and a little more sophisticated – slinky, sensual, summer soulful house grooves. Great stuff!

The single is a Traxsource exclusive from June 1st and mainstream from June 15th - distributed by the SoulHouse new home at AWAL.

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