The people at Premier League boutique soul label IZIPHO RECORDS are busy little bees. They’re all set to celebrate their 100th release with a rather fine example of modern/contemporary soul from California-based singer LAWRENCE BEAMEN. A little research though reveals that Mr B is a  little more than just a “singer”. Various sites  describe him as a songwriter, producer, psychologist and actor while his own web site adds that he also runs a modern textile company while he also does great work for various charities. With all that going down, thank goodness he still manages to find time for his music because Lawrence possesses a mighty fine bass-baritone voice soul voice which, it’s obvious,  was reared in gospel music!

More research reveals that Lawrence has a trio of albums  to his name – a 2004 gospel collection, a 2015 Christmas set and 2013’s ‘Natural Love’ from which the A side of the new Izipho single is taken. It’s a super smooth and silkily soulful ‘Thinking Of You’ which comes complete with a blue lights in the basement monologue. Some sites suggest that this lovely cut’s actually been around since 2008 and it’s now much in demand. So the Izipho team are only to happy to oblige – offering this piece of soul magic in a special “7” remix” courtesy of Don Turney at DKS Productions who tightens things up a tad.

The B side of the disc is a previously unreleased ‘Been A Long Time’ – another cut that ticks all the right boxes and allows the magnificence of the voice to shine through. Interestingly, Lawrence reached the 2009 finals of America’s Got Talent where he sang a Barry White song. And Big Bazza’s a goof reference point for Lawrence’s sound and style though there’s a Cunnie Williams’ thing going on too.

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