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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 18:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1hanaHANNAH WHITE is a London based singer/songwriter who started her pro music career touring Europe with a Motown tribute girl band and at the moment she earns a living as Kenny Thomas' backing singer. That might soon change as her solo career starts to take off. Hannah's first single – the catchy and infectious 'Sunny Day' won rave reviews and earned listings on all the credible soul charts and if you've been to a modern soul function recently, chances are you've heard it!

Hannah also wowed the audience at last weekend's Caister Weekender and to meet demand, her label, DSG, have just commissioned a brand new 'Caister Mix' of 'Sunny Day'. The seven minute plus epic come courtesy of mix man of the moment, Nigel Lowis who's currently recovering from an illness. You wouldn't know it though. The new tweak is bright and optimistic worthy of the 'Sunny Day' titling... all the charm of the original is retained too as well as those lovely vibes!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 19:05



Wednesday, 04 May 2016 18:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Ijeomathesindecut_promo-01With a heatwave forecast (honest!) , it's good advice to 'Cool Your Head' which coincidentally is the title to the new single from IOJEMA & THE SINDECUT. Ms Iojema originally hails from Newcastle but now works out of London where she teamed up with veteran hip-hopsters Sindecut for her first single, 'Stand Tall'.

'Cool Your Head' is a throwback to the great days of street soul... big, rumbling beats, broody atmosphere and a weird hypnotic quality.

The tune will officially be released in June.

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1tamecaTAMECA JONES is a Texan soul singer currently putting the finishing touches to a Summer EP, 'Naked'. The mini-album is produced by Josh Moore and the lead tune is a raw ballad called 'Head Over Heels . Vocally Ms Jones' passion is a throwback to the golden age of the soul diva though in places you can also hear the influence of dear old Amy Winehouse. If you like mournful, you'll love this!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 19:06



Tuesday, 03 May 2016 19:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1mkWe first got to know about MATHER & KINGDON (Stuart Mather and Chris Kingdon) last year with the release of the lovely 'Life's So Sweet' album. (see our reviews archive).

The duo are currently working on the follow-up long player – 'Short Stories' - and to get things rolling they are all set to release the first single – a fab re-working of Barry White's 1979 song 'I Found Love'. It's not one of big Bazza's best known songs; he cut it while wriggling out of a record deal, just prior to forming Unlimited Gold.... but  it's a proper soul gem and Chris and Stu do it proud! Great tune, committed vocal and lovely sax work from Chris Kingdon.

The single's putative B side is a remix of 'Hold On', one of the key cuts on the 'Life's So Sweet ' album.




Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 19:48



Tuesday, 03 May 2016 19:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1bbTHE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA are black music's longest running performing institution. They've been making significant music since they were founded back in 1941 and over the years and through numerous personnel changes they've continued to be trendsetters winning numerous awards and accolades en route.

Amongst the most prestigious awards is the pair of Grammys the Blind Boys won in 2001 and 2002 for the albums 'Spirit Of The Century' and 'Higher Ground' . If you missed out on the sets first time around, Omnivore Records have now just reissued them in expanded formats... both collections featuring bonus tracks and comprehensive essays and liner notes.

'Spirit Of The Century' was produced by John Chelew and Chris Goldsmith and the 12 tracker was an inspired mix of classic gospel songs and more contemporary material like the Rolling Stone's 'I Just Wanna See His Face'. The new reissue contains seven live performances of album songs recorded at New York's famed Bottom Line Club.

2bb'Higher Ground' (named for the Stevie Wonder song that anchors the album) was also helmed by Chelew and Goldsmith while the backing is provided by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Once again amongst the gospel standards are wonderful versions of contemporary classics like Curtis Mayfield's 'People Get Ready'. Different to the Impressions' original version, it is equally inspiring. Other covers include Aretha's 'Spirit In The Dark', Jimmy Cliff's 'Many Rivers To Cross' and of course Stevie's 'Higher Ground'. Gospel never sounded so funky! The album's 7 bonus cuts are live recordings, this time from the US radio show 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'.

Both albums will be available from May 13th

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 19:47




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