Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Oba_Fire_Man_Testemonial_imageDEEP TENOR CITY is production duo DAN STILLIT and OLI SAVILL and apart from making music they host their own Tenor City radio show on Back2backfm.

Oli is a respected percussionist and has been working the London music scene since 1992, working notably with Basement Jaxx and Reel People, now teamed up with Dan, the duo are crafting their own special brand of dance music that is hard to pin down.... jazzy, Latino, funky, Afro-centric, soulful, housey ... yep, it's all that and more!

Hear their very special brew on their latest release an infectious dance cut simply called 'Oba'. Out now on bbe Records, the tune comes in the usual plethora of mixes. The original is highly percussive but the taste makers seem to be going for the Opolopo mix. Clocking in at nearly 8 minutes, the Hungarian mix meister retains all the great percussive elements but just takes the pace up a tad while letting everything ride over one of his famous loping bass lines!

'Oba' EP - by Deep Tenor City - BBE records - Out Now on Download and limited 12 inch vinyl.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:07



Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Shaun_EUK soul star SHAUN ESCOFFERY has just announced a special, one-off concert at London's' Leicester Square Theatre on March 2nd, 2016.

Shaun burst onto the scene with his anthemic 'Space Rider' hit back in 2001 and since then went on to perform across London's West End in a number of acclaimed shows like 'The Lion King' and 'Les Miserables'. Maybe his greatest achievement in this period, though, was being asked to sing the National Anthem by Lennox Lewis prior to his legendary bout against Mike Tyson.

In 2014 Shaun made a soul comeback with his album 'In The Red Room' which pleased critics and fans alike and we're told that the upcoming London shows will not just feature songs from that album but will include tunes from right across Shaun's repertoire.

Tickets for the show will be priced at £25.00 available from venue box office and Ticketmaster.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:05



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

2CYNCYNTHIA ROBINSON trumpeter and vocalist with and founding member of Sly and the family Stone died on Monday 23rd November. She was 69 and had been suffering from cancer.

Born in Sacramento, she found music via her mother's old jazz and R&B 78s and took it upon herself to learn trumpet. In 1966 she hooked up with Sylvester Stewart in Sly and the Stoners who soon morphed into Sly and the Family Stone. Each band member was "up front" and Cynthia added vocals to many of the group's hits including 'Dance To The Music'. More importantly she was the first female trumpeter to win real notoriety with a major act.

When the Family Stone crumbled in 1975 Cynthia went on to work with colleague Larry Graham in Graham Central Station before going on to work with George Clinton and Prince. Since 2006 she's been an integral part of a reconvened Family Stone.

Cynthia Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 alongside the rest of the group. She leaves behind her two daughters, Laura Marie and Sylvyette Phunne.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:36



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

TRISTAN_feat_Carol_Riddick__live_in_Amsterdam_colorDutch soul/funk outfit TRISTAN won lots of friends with their '2nd Phase' album (see our reviews pages). Fan numbers increased via the band's UK tours earlier this year and to satisfy demand they're back here at the end of November as part of JM's MUSIC CONNEX tour.

Currently working on a new album for March release, TRISTAN have just released a new single to tie in with the upcoming tour. The tune is called 'A Better Me' and it's a live recording from an Amsterdam concert with vocals handled by Carol Riddick, the song's writer. It's a searing ballad with minimal backing and Carol's performance is a real tour de force. The cut proves that soul-wise, Tristan are the very best the Netherlands has to offer.

The single is available via the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:37



Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1ronnie_diesUS news agencies are reporting the death of RONALD "RONNIE" ABNER who was a member of early 60s Detroit soul group, The Fabulous Peps. Details of his death are sketchy but it seems that Ronnie died in financial straits and his family are publicly seeking funds for a proper funeral. In a web post they say: "Children and family of Ronald Abner, former member of The Fabulous Peps are in need of assistance to give him a much deserved home going. We are asking the assistance of fans and other lovers of the beautiful music enjoyed over the years by this fantastic group. We greatly appreciate and thank you all for your assistance."

If you feel the need to help, the web site is

The Fabulous Peps were a Detroit-based trio (Abner, Tommy Hester and Joe Harris). Formed around 1962, they were a big live draw, known for their tight and often acrobatic choreography. Their first record, 'That's The Way Love Is' on Ge Ge was credited to "Tommy Storm and the Peps" while their second disc, 'This Love I Have For You' was down to "The Peps". In 1965 they signed to D Town (whilst also contacted to Wheelsville), then in '67 they were working for Premium Stuff. That label sent them down to the Stax studios to record 'Why Are You Blowing My Mind' where they were backed by Booker T and the MGs. Their last single was 1968's 'With These Eyes' on the Wee label. Lack of any real success meant the trio disbanded. They briefly reunited as "Smoke, Heat An Fire" but the rebranding was unsuccessful and in '71 Harris split to work with The Undisputed Truth.


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