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RETURN TO LOVE TOWN...

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBooker Newberry's 'Love Town' still stands as one of the great soul anthems – a staple of every soul weekender everywhere! Well now the old chestnut has won a revival courtesy of the Sed Soul crew. Rob Hardt is the man at the control desk on a slightly faster version of 'Love Town' from BIG JANO GREEN.

We're not saying the new version is better than the original but it's certainly full of pace and excitement and boasts a crazy percussive break. Like the revered original, it's set to fill dance floors everywhere! Out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:15

 

TAKING THE BISCUIT!

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul veteran RANDY MULLER is the brains behind BROOKLYN SOUL BISCUITS and he's at the controls for their latest outing a sweet and sensual old school ballad, 'It's All About You'. Great to know that music like this is still being made.... and it comes complete with a romantic little monologue that stays just on the right side of cheesy.

Brooklyn Soul Biscuits - It's All About You (Lovers' Edition) – out now on Plaza records

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:16

 

JESUS’ JUKEBOX!

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altProper soul collectors know that it all began in church.... many of soul's true greats served their apprenticeship in Gospel music. Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin. Jerry Butler, Johnnie Taylor, James Brown and countless more all found their voices in spiritual music while the structures, format and harmonies of classic soul took Gospel as their template.

Helping underline what we all know CRAFT RECORDINGS have just released an authoritative 40 track compilation that pulls together key cuts from what many consider the Golden Age of the small gospel group – 1951-1965...the very period when the rubrics of soul music were being crafted.

'JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX' comes as a double CD and in a 3 LP vinyl pack and delves deep into the vaults of influential labels like Specialty and Vee-Jay and features music from many of Gospel's biggest names, amongst them The Staple Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones and The Soul Stirrers. There are also plenty of rarities – notably 'Father Don't Leave' by the Silver Quintette and 'People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing' by the Original Blind Boys.

The album comes complete with extensive liner notes from gospel music author, talk show host, and editor-in-chief of the 'Journal of Gospel Music', Robert M. Marovich. He writes: "Whether stolen, borrowed, leased, or subconsciously emulated, the music of the African American church in the twentieth century has had a profound and permanent influence on popular music. Every perspiration-drenched performance by a soul singer [and] every shouting improvisation from a rock-and-roll vocalist...evokes the exuberance of black preachers, church singers, and church musicians in the throes of the spirit." Amen, brother!

JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX: SMALL GROUP BLACK GOSPEL (1951-1965) is out now on CRAFT RECORDS

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:16

 

MELODIC MCKELLE...

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe soul and jazz world has been agog with rumours that the lovely ROBIN MCKELLE is about to release a brand new album. Those who've thrilled to her previous work (can anyone not forget the still remarkable 'Fairytale Ending'?) will be delighted to know that the rumours are true as Robin confirms that April will see the release of 'MELODIC CANVAS' – a brand new ten tracker that sees the Rochester-born singer return to her jazzier roots.

Previews reveal a definite, intimate jazz vibe though there's a strong soul undertow throughout – witness the emotion-tugging 'Lyla' – guaranteed to melt the hardest heart (and soul). For the first time, I think, Robin also offers a song in French (she's hugely popular in France and spends much of the year gigging there) and if you like, say, artists like Stacey Kent, you'll love the French version of Ms Mc's 'The Sun Died'.

Full review her @ SJF just as soon as we have our copy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 11:21

 

MANCHESTER SOUL....

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altThe small but perfectly formed STUTTER & TWITCH RECORDS are starting a new soul night in dear old Manchester. It all kicks off this Saturday, 24th February, at THE NIGHT PEOPLE venue...that's on Princess Street, right in the city centre.

Over the course of the residency, the label will be collaborating with some of the city's top notch DJs, Simon Ham and Diesler, who will, naturally, bring some proper funk, soul and tropical disco to weekend Manchester.

Dubbed "BIG AL'S FUNK SOCIAL", the nights will also allow Stutter and Twitch to feature music from their own artists like The Haggis Horns, Agbeko and Broken Brass Ensemble. We're told that on the first night the opening ribbon will be cut by someone called Craig Charles while funk purveyors the Buffalo Brothers will be in attendance.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:01

 

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