Friday, 29 August 2014 16:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

goldsmithUK soul man GLEN GOLDSMITH makes a most welcome return with the release of a lovely lilting, late summer anthem called 'London Skies'. Written by Glen and Cristian Jermane, it comes in two distinct versions.

The original mix is a tight slab of contemporary soul while the Soul Talk remix is a tad smoother and has the typical Soul Talk whiff of quality retro about it. The modern soul crowd will love it – mainly because it drops the rap that features on the original mix. This one has real crossover potential giving the tune the impact of another great "London anthem", Light of the World's 'London Town'.

'London Skies' is released on Glen's own Soul On Soul label and it's available via the usual download portals. For those who prefer vinyl, there's a 7" available via Expansion.



Friday, 29 August 2014 16:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

jamieAward winning broadcaster, song-writer and top jazz man JAMIE CULLUM has announced the release of 'Interlude', his new "jazz" album - featuring Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter. The long player will be released in the UK on 6th October 2014 via Island Records.

The set's lead single is 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'. Guest vocalist on the track is the aforementioned Grammy Award-winning, ubiquitous jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, and the tune will be released on 1st September 2014.

Over the last few years young Jamie's music has become more eclectic (he's worked with people like Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks, Birdy and alternative hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030) but we're told that 'Interlude' is a twelve track jazz set

Jamie's production collaborator on the set is Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) and Jamie says,"Ben and I are about the same age. We both grew up listening widely, from rock, drum n' bass to hip hop and discovered jazz through acts like DJ Shadow and A Tribe Called Quest. Loving jazz the way it used to sound and fascinated by the way it used to be recorded Ben set to work in this amazing analogue studio behind a fish market in Willesden, North London. Surrounding himself with like minded musicians he's been going in there and making these fantastic records for about 10 years. I have been a fan since day one. Ben and I decided that we should collaborate and with little hesitation booked three days in the studio, booked musicians and worked on arrangements with Nostalgia 77's bass player Riaan Vosloo. A few weeks later on a cold January morning we walked in and recorded the whole thing, live in just a handful of takes, often using the first ones – 16 tracks in three days. Ben and I really tried to avoid more obvious jazz standard choices. It wasn't so hard - Ben and I are both crate diggers so we approached the repertoire choice and arrangement references from that point of view."

Jamie concludes: "Between us we created my 'Interlude' ... very much something that was recorded in a celebratory way – a celebration of people I've met through doing the radio show. The result is twelve tracks, cribbed (mostly) from the earliest days of jazz, recorded simply in one room, with incredible musicians, like it used to be."

To launch the album, Jamie will play the following UK shows:

17th September - UK, London. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. 19.30 and 22.15

18th September - UK, London. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. 19.30 and 22.15

These will be followed by dates across Europe, including Germany, Sweden, Holland and Turkey



Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:52 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

cherry_bAll broad minded soul folk know that the music they love is universal and a re-invigorated album from the wonderfully named CHERRY BOOP AND THE SOUNDMAKERS underlines that particular point.

The lovely Ms Boop is, I'm sure, Spanish.... her album was recorded in Girona – and she's pacted with a French label (Ray Muse Records), but the soulful polish on the LP, 'The Way I Am', was provided in Philadelphia.... to be precise in the Grooveyard studios of a certain Bobby Eli, guitar maestro and one of the architects of the Philly sound.

The album was released in France in May and odd cuts were played by UK specialist DJs like Craig Charles. Musically the sound on the LP is retro pop soul. Ms B cites her influences as Tammi Terrell and Brenda Holloway and there's certainly a big Motown influence going on – notably on a tune called 'Weakness', but the cherry on this Cherry cake is without doubt the wonderful ballad cover of Carl Douglas' 'I Want To Give You My Everything'. Producer Eli has drafted in another bona fide Philly legend to help our lady to deliver here, as the Delfonics' William Hart adds his svelte tones to the track. The whole thing has the same delicious feel as Barbara Mason's 'Yes, I'm Ready'... hands up if you remember that one!

The album is being re-promoted and it's worth investigating if only for 'I Want To Give You My Everything'.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:00



Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

musicconnexLondon's MUSICCONNEX LIVE NETWORK is promoting two new "Talent. Parties" in September.

Following the huge success of its February event, MusicConnex Live comes to London's Jazz Cafe on 28th September, for another top night of live soul. The show has been affectionately dubbed 'The Soul Exchange' and features a mainly international line up, Algebra Blessett – USA; Gwendolyn Collins – USA; Sulpacio Jones – USA; Dolla Lova – Finland; Imaani – UK.

The previous night (27th September) the show debuts in Liverpool.... At the famous Parr Street Studios, no less!

Find out more by accessing the MusicConnex crew via facebook.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:01



Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

levIAN LEVINE – for many years a major and influential player on the UK soul scene- has suffered what appears to be a debilitating stroke. Details are vague since it seems that Levine and his family wanted to keep the sad news out of the media. It seems that the information was leaked out, oddly, via a Dr Who fan forum website (Levine was an avid Dr Who fan and collector of "lost" episodes). Despite being hospitalised Levine posted the following message:

"As many of my close friends know, I am in hospital having suffered a major stroke. The left side of my body is paralysed and I am bitterly unhappy and resentful. I did not want this making public, but the last person in the world who I wanted to know, Philip Morris (fellow Dr Who collector), has seen fit to tell the whole world against my wishes. I am very upset over this, so therefore have to own up what happened. I am fighting hard to recover the use of my foot but may never get my hand back.... Keep your fingers crossed for me."

Ian Levine was born into a wealthy family who ran nightclubs in Blackpool. He began collecting Motown records from the age of 13 and once claimed he owned every Motown issued 45! His love of Motown drew him to the Northern soul scene and he began DJ-ing at the Blackpool Mecca. There he played the usual Northern fare but soon began playing exclusive singles that he'd sourced during his family holidays in the States, often "covering up" the discs to keep them exclusive and to prevent other DJs getting hold of them (the atmosphere on the scene then was particularly cut throat between rival DJs.) Since many of these "Levine exclusives" weren't the usual Northern oldies he was helping to steer the scene into a new, "modern" direction and many Northern devotees never forgave him for it!

Openly gay, in 1979, Levine began advising London's gay disco, Heaven, on its music and he became the club's first resident DJ, remaining there through most of the 1980s. He also began producing his own records – often using veteran Motown performers on new versions of their in-demand favourites. From there Levine moved into what became known as Hi-NRG music ... he even produced Take That's first three singles, managed bands and worked for a while with Simon Cowell.

Levine is also an enthusiastic Dr Who fan and an avid collector of American DC comics, claiming to have the only complete set of DC Comics in the world, with at least one copy of each DC comic book sold at retail from the 1930s to present. A far cry maybe from the quirky world of Northern soul, its rivalries and tensions, but souljazzandfunk are sure that whatever side of the Northern soul divide you're on, all real soul fans will wish Ian Levine a swift recovery.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:56


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