Wednesday, 01 July 2015 19:18 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Chaka Legendary Chicago-born powerhouse vocalist, Chaka Khan, flies into London next week to perform four nights at the fabled Ronnie Scott's jazz club in the heart of Soho. The ten-times Grammy winner is due to appear on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th July, and Thursday 9th July. Her band comprises Melvin Davis on bass, Ron Bruner on drums, keyboardist Jesse Milliner, Bruno Muller on guitar with Tiffany Smith, Vanessa Haynes and Tony Momrelle supplying background vocals. Sadly, all three shows are now sold out but look out for a review on the SJF website at the end of next week.

For those that can't get enough of Chaka, on the 17th of August Universal Music in the UK release a boxed set called 'Rufus & Chaka Khan - Classic Album Selection,' a 6-CD set that includes the '70s LPs 'Rufus ,' 'Rags to Rufus ,' 'Rufusized,' 'Rufus feat Chaka Khan,' 'Ask Rufus,' and 'Street Player.'



Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

mc_mixesOne of the year's most deserved UK soul hits has been 'Show Me' from MCREI. By know you'll know that McCrei are true soul sisters – Leanne and Shannon McCree who served their musical apprenticeship in and around the vibrant Camden live circuit.

Some months back their easy on the ear dance tune 'Show Me' was picked up by DSG Records who commissioned master mixer Nigel Lowis to tweak it and the finished cut – best described as "modern retro" stormed the soul charts... #1 on the Amazon chart; #5 on the Sweet rhythms chart; and a top ten on the official UK soul chart.

To give the song longer legs two brand-new mixes are about to be unleashed. First up there's the "Classic Dig Mix" which almost takes the cut into soulful house territory; then there's the "Groove Disco Re-Work" and, really, that titling says it all.... it really is a groove heavy, dancer; light and sophisticated, it has the potential to be one of this summer's true anthems.

Both new mixes of 'Show Me' are out on DSG Records on July 6th.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

kymKYM SIMS is a veteran of the soulful house scene. Hers was the big voice on the hit 'To Blind To See It' and she also takes credit for the 90s anthem, 'Take My Advice'. Kym's all set for more chart (and dance floor) action with her brand new single – the appropriately named 'Move Your Feet'

The tune is just out on Fatboy Records and comes in two energised mixes.... one from DJ Pats, the other courtesy of Samson Lewis.

The Pats tweak is a Frenchified, funky house groove with a spacey feel to it. It has all the potential to please the house heads and the modern soul crowd.

Brummie, Samson Lewis offers something a little more inventive and certainly a tad deeper ... shifting rhythms with a steady, in-built insistence.

'Move Your Feet'? For sure!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:28



Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

bevSTONE FOUNDATION are a new (ish) UK soul band who evoke the great days of Acid Jazz, The Style Council, Galliano, JTQ and the whole retro soul scene. August sees the release of their second long player.... 'A Life Unlimited', which is currently no. 2 in the record store pre sales chart!

Heralding the long player, Stone Foundation have just issued a wonderful single... a summery, soulful confection called 'Beverley'. The band are in great form while the smooth vocals come courtesy of US soul stalwart Nolan Porter. Take my word for it, it's a great little tune enhanced by some of the sweetest brass this side of 60s Chicago! You can check out a great video for the song on YouTube.

In the meantime Stone Foundation are embarking on a mini tour and you an find out more about the band, the tour, the album and the lovely 'Beverley' @



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Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

lisa_lOver the last couple of years LISA STANSFIELD has enjoyed a real revival. Her renaissance was crowned on home turf last September when she headlined Manchester's famed Bridgewater Hall (OK I know she's from Rochdale.... but that's part of Greater Manchester ain't it?). That show was part of a tour that was sold out at every venue while her last album 'Seven +' charted all over Europe.

To celebrate playing Manchester, Lisa had the performance recorded and, guess what... there's a live album of that show on the way! 'Live In Manchester' is all set for release on August 28th on earMUSIC and we're told that the album will be a 2Cd, 1DVD pacakage. The live show naturally includes all the lovely Lisa's biggest tunes and there's plenty of bonus material.... including an in-depth interview with Lisa

There'll be a full reveiw of the set here @ SJF just as soon as we get our hands on a pacakge!

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 June 2015 19:06


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