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VARIOUS; Wants List 5 ( Soul Brother Records)

London’s Soul Brother Record store is a bulwark of the UK soul scene. Now based in Putney and run by the knowledgeable Pragnell brothers (Laurence and Malcolm), the shop has been serving the soul...

VARIOUS: A SYMPHONY OF SOUL (UMC/Island)

Followers of music trends over the last few years will have noticed the proliferation of, for want of a better description, “reimagining” albums. You now the sort of thing – new recordings of classic...

THE BUTTSHAKERS; Arcadia (Underdog Records)

The Buttshakers are a US/French soul and funk band who peddle a sound inspired by James Brown, Gil Scott Heron, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. The band are making noises (literally!) with this, their...

WILL DOWNING: Sophisticated Soul (Sophisticated Soul)

Will (did you know his full first name was Wilfred?) Downing broke through way back in 1988 with his incendiary version of John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ – a UK top 20 hit and...

THE DRIFTERS: We Gotta Sing (Strawberry/Cherry Red)

The Drifters are a soul institution. Indeed they were right there are the inception of the genre. Their 1958 hit ‘There Goes My Baby’ is regularly cited as the first harmony group recording to...

VARIOUS: Psychedelic Soul (Kent)

Despite his phenomenal success rate Norman Whitfield (who died in 2008) doesn’t get the same kind of plaudits as some of soul’s (in general) and Motown’s (in particular) other producers/writers. Hopefully, this new 18...

VARIOUS; The Craig Charles Trunk Of Funk Volume 2 (Soul Bank)

CRAIG CHARLES is a man of many talents… actor, poet, TV presenter and, of course, acclaimed soul and funk DJ. After his spell on Corrie (his character, Lloyd Mullaly, apart from being a taxi...

CORNELL “CC” CARTER; Next Life (Izipho)

It’s always big news when a major player releases new music and over the last few years  San Francisco’s CORNELL CC CARTER has indeed emerged as a major player. The onetime session and bv...

ANTHONY HAMILTON: LOVE IS THE NEW BLACK (My Music Box/BMG)

The magnificent ANTHONY HAMILTON has been a soul presence for most of the century – but he’s been a little quiet of late. So big hurrah – after a five year hiatus our man’s...