Friday, 27 February 2015 20:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

trainBack in March 2011 DJ JAZZHEADCHRONIC (aka Mickey Smith) started his twice monthly SOUTH LONDON SOUL TRAIN nights at the CLF Arts Cafe in Peckham's Bussey Building. Held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, the seven hour show is a mix of funk, soul, rare groove, disco and much much more. Now known as one of London's top soul nights, the gig has attracted some of the UK's best bands and DJs – people like Snowboy, Nik Weston, Patrick Forge and Omar amongst them. The event's always been welcoming and all-inclusive with the focus on the music and the dancing.

If you can't get to the event you can now get on board the via a brand new 15 track compilation – 'THE SOUTH LONDON SOUL TRAIN Volume 1' - the very first release on Chronic Fonk Records. The set is a snapshot of the night and reflects the eclecticism of the music that's played out.

There's lashings of classic soul, obviously ... Gloria Jones' 'Tainted Love' and Marvin's 'Wherever I Lay My Hat' amongst the cuts; there's lots of left-field items like The Hot 8 Brass Band's acclaimed version of 'Sexual Healing' along with Magic Drum Orchestra's 'Ragga Samba'. You get a nod to where it all started with Ray Charles's 'What I'd Say' which sits cheek by jowl with the Havana Cultura Band's 'Arroz Con Polo'.

Top all that with classic disco... Patrice Rushen's 'Haven't You Heard' and a great Dmitri From Paris remix of Chic's 'I Want Your Love' and you have a mighty varied yet wholly satisfying soul experience.... just like a proper night with the South London Soul Train crew.

The album is available now and you can find out more @

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 20:15



Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:48 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Cassandra_coverDouble Grammy-winner, jazz chanteuse CASSANDRA WILSON, is releasing her debut long player for Columbia Records on April 7th. It's called 'Coming Forth By Day' and pays homage to the legendary jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday (its release coincides with the 100th anniversary of 'Lady Day's' birth). The album features twelve tracks (eleven associated with Billie Holiday plus one original) and is produced by Nick Launay, a producer who has previously worked with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Arcade Fire, while string arrangements are provided by Van Dyke Parks.

Says Wilson: "'Coming Forth By Day' is a homage dedicated to the beauty, power and genius of Billie Holiday. A collection of musical spells, prescriptions for navigating the dubious myths surrounding her life and themes, this record is a vehicle for the re-emergence of Billie's song book in the 21st century."

Look out for an interview with the singer on SJF soon.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:52



Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:18 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

tristan_gigLong running Dutch combo, TRISTAN won plenty of hearts and souls with their 2014 long player, 'Full Power' and now they're gearing up for the release of the follow-up, '2nd phase' – due March, by the way.

The new album's been heralded by the catchy single 'Finally Found' for which Tristan brought in US top soul boy, Heston to share vocal duties with their own Evelyn Kallansee. The Atlanta-based singer brought a touch of magic to the tune and it's been heavily rotated on the most discerning soul stations for the last few weeks.

To give the tune a little more longevity, it's now available in a cool, lazy 'Sweet Soul Mix' that takes the tempo down just a touch. The Heston/Evelyn chemistry remains, the melody's just as sweet and the remixers have wisely kept the soulful sax break. The new remix is available right now on Isolde records and it's well worth an investigation.

Tristan, by the way, will be live at the Jazz Cafe on March17th (supporting the fab Robin McKelle) while on the 20th March, Northern folk can catch them at Manchester's lovely Band On The Wall club.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:26



Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Cardells_PhotoHailing from Chicago, veteran soul man CARDELL now works out of Los Angeles. In the City of the Angels, Cardell cut his musical teeth with people like Phil Upchurch, George Duke, Phil Perry and Chick Corea. The writer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist then went on to work with DJ Rogers and Alicia Myers before self-releasing his own 'Baby Don't Fool Around' – a 1989 Billboard top 100 chart rider. His other solo singles include 'That's When I Fall In Love' (2014) and 'I Care About You', (2013) while his last album was 'True Steppers Artist' which was released in 2009.

Cardell has now just released a brand new single – a smooth and sensuous 'My Best Friend'. The tune has a sweet, gentle lilt to it and comes complete with a spoken passage that's not quite Barry White but it's on its way there.

Cardell's 'My Best Friend' is available now through, iTunes, Cd Baby and other download sites.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:29



Monday, 23 February 2015 08:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

james_bJAMES "AJAX" BAYNARD, sometime trumpeter with the Crown Heights Affair, was killed in a road traffic accident on Friday, February 20th 2015. He was a pedestrian involved in a multi car crash on the Belt Parkway in South Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Baynard was a founder member of Crown Heights Affair (named, of course, for their home district). Originally called Nue Day, his trumpet was an integral part of the band's big, brassy sound. The other original members were Donnie Linton (bass), Philip Thomas (vocals), William Anderson (guitar/vocals), Raymond Rock (drums/percussion/vocals), Stan Johnson (keyboards), Darryl Gibbs (saxophone) and Julius Dilligard Jr. (vocals).

CHA were first signed to RCA where they debuted with an eponymous album in 1974 but after just a few regional hits the band moved on to De-Lite. It was at this time that Baynard quit. He moved on to pick up work in and around the New York music scene... in churches, clubs, theatres and on studio sessions. He was featured on recordings by artists like LL Cool J, Jocelyn Brown and the Fatback Band. It's reported that the fatal accident happened when he was returning from a gig.


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