Wednesday, 30 July 2014 19:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Jesse_Rae_1987_-_The_ThistleIf the Glasgow Commonwealth Games has whetted your appetite for all things Caledonian, then you could do worse than investigate one of the most unique soul and funk artefacts from "North of the Border".

The record in question is 'The Thistle' from Scotland's most idiosyncratic (and unlikely) funkateer, JESSE RAE.

Rae is a Renaissance man of Scottish culture – musician, film maker, video producer and politician – and his in-demand album 'The Thistle' was originally released back in 1987. It's now been reissued in a very special edition which features the original ten tracks along with 12 previously unreleased remixes and 4 cuts that have never been on CD before.

The music is essentially 80s funk with a Scottish twist and it's never less than interesting... more so because of its back story. In the 1970s Jesse Rae was working in the USA and came into contact with Roger Troutman, Bernie Worrell and Michael Hampton of the Funkadelic/Parliament axis. Back in the UK he cut a single or two (one being released on Miami's TK label) while his song 'Inside Out' became a hit for Odyssey.

Then in 1987 he recorded his debut long player, 'The Thistle', having secured the services of his old pal, Roger Troutman as producer and the result was as crazy and spaced out as anything to come out of the whole Funkadelic thing – crazier if only for a funked up version of 'Scotland The Brave'!

After one more album Rae stood for election as an independent in the Scottish elections and is currently working on a movie called 'The Flesher'.

In between he's still making music but I doubt if anything will match the off the wall nature of 'The Thistle' – stuffed with hard driving electro funk, a generous garnish of Scottish culture and one great Quiet Storm moment, 'Don't Give Up'.

JESSE RAE'S 'THE THISTLE' is out now... dedicated to Roger Troutman .... it's on Luzuli Music and you can find out more @


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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

sarasmJazz singer SARAH MOULE releases her latest album on September 15th. The 16 tracker, issued on Red Ram Records, is called 'Songs From The Floating World' – "The Floating World" being the name given to the red light districts in Japan between the 1600s and the 1800s. There, it seems, all kinds of people rubbed shoulders – artists, musicians, geishas, actors, courtesans and wrestlers .

Sarah likens that world to her own formative years – a period when America's beat poets mingled in the London club scene. A key figure on that scene was lyricist Fran Landesman – a peer of people like Lenny Bruce and Jack Kerouac. She was a long-time collaborator with Ms Moule's husband, Simon Wallace and seven of their songs take pride of place on the new album . Other tunes include Cole Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin' and Willie Dixon's 'My Babe'.

The album is released on September 15th and will be launched at Soho's Pizza Express Club on 16th, after which Sarah embarks on a 21 date tour.



Saturday, 26 July 2014 15:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

seanmcSEAN McCABE is a rising star of soulful house and he's about to drop his debut LP for Joey Negro's acclaimed ZR label.

The album's heralded by the single 'Something About You'/ 'Holding On', featuring the mighty vocals of Jennifer Wallace. Both are vital slabs of jazzy, soulful house with big bass lines and bags of energy!

Catch them at your usual download portal.



Friday, 25 July 2014 18:09 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

hFor soul connoisseurs one of last year's most satisfying albums was HESTON'S 'Love Junkie'. The set perfectly matched modern soul sensitivities with neo/soul flavours and one cut in particular won considerable affection.... 'Resign 2 U'.

Well, the good news is that the REEL PEOPLE people have just remixed the tune and it's already shaping up to be one of soulful house's 2014 biggies. The reason is there for all to hear - this new mix is a sweet n' lovely summer roller with Latino percussion underpinning Heston's appealing falsetto

The mix will be good to go via the Reel People Music label on August 4th and Mr H has lined up UK dates for October – sharing the stage with fellow label mate Don E. Both, of course, are signed to Peter Robinson's evergreen DOME label.



Friday, 25 July 2014 18:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

lateefah2'This Is Who I Am' is the latest single from London-born soulstress LATEEFAH.

The young singer has just returned to the UK after spending time with her parents in St Lucia. It was on the island that Lateefah started he music career –singing in church and more recently her first single 'Here I Am' topped the charts in St Lucia and its optimistic Christian message won it placement on the US Gospel Chart too.

The new single 'This Is Who I Am' is a rambling slab of neo/nu soul with the distinct flavour of early career Jill Scott and you can find out more about it @


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