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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...

CLOSE UP WITH REUBEN JAMES: THE INTERVIEW…

Earlier this year UK singer/songwriter/keyboardist REUBEN JAMES turned soul heads and hearts with his single, ‘Closer’. The lazy, laid-back neo soul offering featured Brighton-born singer Sophie Faith, rapper Jay Prince and New York bassist Carrtoons...

IN THE REALMS OF SOUL!

Berkshire born MANNY RAHELU is one of UK soul’s best kept music secrets. Serious soul connoisseurs though will know of his sterling work under the name “THE REALM”. Under that moniker, Manny produces his...

MELODIC HARMONY; THE S.E.L. INTERVIEW….

S.E.L. is the musical alter-ego of North London soul singer EMMA LOUISE BUCKNOR . S for “soulful”, E for Emma and, of course, L for Louise. Emma’s been in and around the UK soul...

SWEET CHICAGO SOUL; The JAMES HOLVAY INTERVIEW.

Veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist JAMES HOLVAY’S latest recording is a wonderful 5 track EP, ‘Sweet Soul Song’. The music is an unashamed homage to the Golden Age of Chicago soul, to the craft of people like...

HOLLYWOOD HILL

“It’s been a crazy year of making some adjustments on everything,” laughs Los Angeles singer/songwriter Judith Hill, reflecting on how her life as a musician has changed irrevocably due to the COVID19 pandemic.”It’s been...