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MILLAR’S TALE: THE MICA MILLAR INTERVIEW …

Followers of the better soul media (e.g. – MarkTurner’s excellent Soul Strutter blog and of course, this one!) and the more aware soul stations will, by now, have come to know and love Manchester...

HEY MR BASS MAN: Byron Miller Talks About His New EP And Looks Back On His Storied Career. 

Though he may not be a household name, Byron “Psychobass” Miller is regarded as nothing less than a bonafide legend in the adjoining worlds of jazz, funk and soul music. His resume, which reads...

GETTIN’ DOWN TO EARTH….

If you’ve a proper soul fan, by now  you’ll know all about Brit band DOWN TO EARTH. Their album ‘Still Ridin’ High’ was critically acclaimed with most reviewers stating that the set was one...

MD RECORDS; THE INSIDE TRACK…

Continuing our series of insights into the burgeoning world of UK, indie, vinyl-issuing soul labels, we tracked down MARK ANDERSON – one of the principals behind boutique label MD RECORDS. They’ve been around since...

Immersed In The Flow: Chelsea Carmichael On London Jazz, Coltrane And Misogynoir

London is the talk of the jazz world right now and rightly so; beginning a few years ago as an underground phenomenon in performance spaces like Total Refreshment Centre, the capital’s jazz scene quickly...

LRK RECORDS… THE INSIDE TRACK.

For our latest investigation into the bourgeoning world of indie, vinyl releasing boutique labels, we turn our attention to LRK RECORDS – a new (ish) imprint that is steadily building up a strong reputation...

IN A SOULFUL DIRECTION…THE EVOLUTION OF A LABEL…

Continuing our look at the growth of indie, boutique labels specialising in reissuing classic  and in-demand soul on 7” vinyl, we turn the spotlight on SOUL DIRECTION RECORDS. Since last year the label has...

Still Making You Feel Good – Shalamar’s Howard Hewett Talks To SJF Mid-Tour

No group epitomised the warm, sunshine soul sound of Los Angeles’ Solar Records more than the Grammy-winning vocal trio Shalamar, who occupy a special place in the hearts of British music fans. They racked...

THE IZIPHO SOUL STORY…

One of the big trends in soul over the last few years has been the growth in the number of small, enthusiast-led labels that seek out and re-issue rare and classic soul tunes on...