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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1kkThe wonderfully named KIKI KYTE is the newest protégé of the COOL MILLION team. Hailing from the Carolinas, Kiki started off a drummer! That talent and her remarkably true soul voice soon won her work with The Mary Jane Girls, Chaka Khan and Klymaxx.

Ms K is currently collaborating with Frank Ryle and Rob Hardt of Cool Million and the single 'Disco Chick' is all set to hit the sales racks. The title says it all; the Sed Soul release is unashamed soul boogie. There are hints of Chic, hints of Philly and almost everything else that's good about soulful dance music. Truly, Rob and Frank throw everything in and with Kiki's pleading vocal it works remarkably well!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:10



Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1angieIt's been less than a year since ANGIE STONE treated us to her last album, 'Dream'. Now her people tell us there's another new one on the way... 'Covered In Soul', a collection of covers of tunes that influenced her and moulded her unique sound and style over the years.

Amongst the selected tunes are The Undisputed Truth's 'Smiling Faces Sometimes' and The Five Stairsteps' 'Ooh Child.' There's also Angie's take on Hot Chocolate's 'Everyone's A Winner" and Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight.' Reggae's represented too with versions of UB 40's' Red Red Wine' (written by Neill Diamond, of course)) and a look Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1978 'Is This Love.'

Oddly (maybe?) Ms Stone also "covers" a selection of her own songs with re-recordings of 'Brotha', 'Wish I Didn't Miss You' and 'Baby'... we'll bring you a full review just as soon as we have our copy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:11


STILL CUTTING IT - Legendary US singer, PP ARNOLD, talks ahead of this autumn's Maximum Rhythm N' Blues tour

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:21 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

PP_faceShe was a little girl with a big voice who took London by storm in the mid-60s. Barely twenty, she was undoubtedly a stranger in a strange land, but was surprised by how the British took to her - and even more taken aback that as an unknown American background singer, she was able to launch a solo career and have hit records in a country where racial segregation didn't exist. We're talking about PP ARNOLD (pictured left by Gered Mankowitz) who, when she first set foot on English soil, was known as Pat Cole, and was working as an 'Ikette' on Ike & Tina Turner's soul revue. Taken under the wing of Rolling Stones main man, Mick Jagger, and his manager and Immediate Records' label boss,  Andrew Loog Oldham, the singer adopted the stage name PP Arnold, and scored UK hits in the shape of the immortal 'The First Cut Is The Deepest,' 'The Time Has Come,' '(If You Think You're) Groovy,' and 'Angel Of The Morning.'

She recorded with Bee Gee Barry Gibb in the late '60s and early '70s for Polydor before moving into stage musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar and later Starlight Express) and session work (her credits during this period included Humble Pie, Nick Drake, Dr John, and Eric Clapton). In the late '80s she scored a Top 20 UK hit fronting the song 'Burn It Up' for The Beatmasters and in the '90s she worked with The KLF, ex-Pink Floyd man, Roger Waters, and the UK rock bands, Primal Scream, and Ocean Colour Scene.

No approaching her seventieth birthday, PP is still in fine voice and can be seen and heard alongside Manfred Man spinoff band, The Manfreds (featuring singers Paul Jones and Mike d'Abo)  and UK R&B legend, Zoot Money on the upcoming Maximum Rhythm N' Blues Tour, which crisscrosses the British Isles this coming October, November and December.

SJF's Charles Waring recently caught up with PP to talk about the tour and her career....


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:50



Tuesday, 26 July 2016 19:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1allanUS media sources are reporting the death of ALLAN BARNES ... founding member of the Blackbyrds. Few details are available with some sources saying Barnes was 67, others suggest 66.

Barnes was born in Detroit and whilst serving Uncle Sam he enrolled at the U.S. Naval School of Music and learned sax. After demob, he answered an ad placed by Donald Byrd who was looking for young musicians to form a band at Howard University. That band, of course, was the Blackbyrds who went on to enjoy success with tunes like 'Walking in Rhythm' and 'Happy Music.' Though primarily known as a saxophonist, Barnes played other reed and woodwind instruments, indeed his is the famous flute solo on 'Walking in Rhythm'.

After the Blackbyrds, Barnes led his own band, Allan Barnes and Primetime. He also had a cameo in the 1988 film 'Bird' and was up till recently still active on the Detroit jazz scene whilst also scoring ads and jingles. Session-wise, Barnes played with people like Bootsy Collins, Martha Reeves, Pharoah Sanders, Lakeside and Prince. Most recently he worked on a tribute album to J Dilla.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 19:55



Monday, 25 July 2016 14:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Mark_Staggers_Let_Me_PicIt's been a great 18 months for Washington soul man MARC STAGGERS. Previously known to soul connoisseurs as a remarkable Luther Vandross soundalike, Marc has broken through in his own right and rightly and properly won a larger, appreciative audience right across the soul community.

The tune to do it was the still lovely 'Bring It Home To Me'. Released on DSG Records, it topped all the credible soul charts and is still a mainstay at modern soul events. The good news is that August 26th sees the release of the official follow up and the even better news is that the tune, 'Let Me Be The One' is a killer!

Written by Marc with mix meister Nigel Lowis, the release has been on hold while Nigel recovered from his recent illness but patience brings its own rewards. Put simply, 'Let Me Be The One' is set to be one of the tunes of the year and is certain to emulate the chart success of 'Bring It Home To Me'.

Why? Well, like 'Bring It Home To Me', 'Let Me Be The One' is totally infectious. Nigel Lowis gives it a vintage Philly feeling while Marc Staggers caresses the simple lyrics in the way that (yes, we are going to mention him) dear old Luther did. I can't work out how they do it, but they succeed in marrying retro flavours with a totally contemporary feel.

Right now Marc is working with Nigel Lowis on a new album, 'Timeless' but while we wait, you can grab a copy of the DSG released 'Let Me Be The One' from August 26th.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 14:54




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