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A SOULFUL BOSSA NOVA…

Sometime lead voice in Club Nouveau, JAY KING has just launched a new album – ‘Soulful Bossa Nova’ – and it’s already being acclaimed as THE sensual album of the year! The title sums...

GETTING LOST IN SOUND….

US soul collectors are currently giving huge plaudits to a new compilation on Perpetual Records. It’s a concise, vinyl 12 tracker called ‘Lost In Sound-Rare Soul & Funk Essentials’ and that title beautifully sums...

SWAN SONGS!

Soul connoisseurs revere  Shreveport-born BETTYE SWANN. For sure in a brief career (just 11 years) she never enjoyed massive notoriety but her soulful tones, a mix of sweetness warmth and vulnerability endeared her to...

PAUL CARRACK: One On One (Carrack-UK)

Sheffield’s Paul Carrack is rightly known as “the man with the golden voice”. Indeed a few years back the BBC ran a great documentary on him with that very title. It’s worth searching out....

LET’S TALK….

Top Brit soul man VICTOR HAYNES won’t mind us calling him a veteran. He’s been on the scene since the 90s seeing fads and trends come and go, but through it all he continues...

THE REAL THING; The Anthology 1972-1997 (Cherry Pop)

Last year Scouse soulsters  the Real Thing celebrated 50 years in the music biz (specifically, 45 as “the Real Thing”).The anniversary coincided with a renaissance in their work. There was a stunning TV documentary...

KENNY’S SWEET MUSIC……

Top UK soul man KENNY THOMAS has been going through some tough times lately. Right now Ken’s working hard to raise specialist medical treatment for his daughter, Christina, who has an inoperable brain tumour. One...

JOY DENALANE: Let Yourself Be Loved (Lesedi/Motown)

JOY DENALANE is rightly regarded as Germany’s top soul singer. She’s been around for almost two decades, recording mainly in German which probably explains why she’s maybe not better known than she should be. Her...

THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Let It Be Me -The Atlantic Recordings (SoulMusic)

Every major soul commentator is in agreement – The Sweet Inspirations were soul’s premier female vocal group – with the emphasis, of course, on soul. Sure, groups like the Supremes and the rest of...