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Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

rob_liveProper old school soul comes to the Jazz cafe when the remarkable ROBIN MCKELLE brings her full show to the venerable old venue.

ROBIN and her band, the FLYTONES will be appearing at the Camden club on Thursday 19th March and, at the moment, it's the soulstress' only scheduled gig in the UK this year. The advice is to catch her while you can as she spends most of the year touring in France, where, by all accounts, she pulls out special performances each and every time she hits the stage. Indeed in France she's regarded as a soul superstar!

Robin will be featuring music from her two most recent albums - 'Heart Of Memphis' and 'Soul Flower' which featured, of course, the classic 'Fairytale Ending'.

For the show Ms McKelle will be supported by Dutch funk combo, Tristan who are bringing over Atlanta-based soul man Heston to join them for the night... he's featured on the band's latest single.

Check with the Jazz cafe for full details.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:26



Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Samuel_Remixes_403One of the hottest modern soul tunes over the last month has been 'Make You Mine' from newcomer SAMUEL D SANDERS. The song – out on DSG Records - is a real ear worm and little wonder that it's been heavily rotated on the very best soul stations and also climbed the Amazon sales charts. Young Sam was gospel-reared and it shows in his soulful delivery of the self-penned, old-school flavoured song.

His label, DSG, was so taken by that special old school flavour that they've just commissioned a Philly-flavoured remix. The chosen remixer is Nigel Lowis -a soul veteran who's worked in the past with people like Eternal and Dina Carroll and he's added something very, very special to the Sanders' tune. It begins with a drum roll similar (but slower) to 'I Love Music' before rolling out in great, relaxed Lou Rawls sophisticated soul style. Clocking in at just over 6 minutes, it deserves serious investigation from all lovers of smooth soul. It's available via the usual download sites and there's also limited vinyl edition from, Crazy Beat Records (01708 228678) or other record stores .

Those into Soulful House ,though, might want to track down the 12 Shades Deep remix... different yes, but totally satisfying.... an all-enveloping sound.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:27



Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:17 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

1962Soul collectors in particular and musicologists in general will be delighted with a new 4CD, 120 track box set from archive specialist Fantastic Voyage.

'AMERICAN MUSIC LIBRARY... THE HITS OF 1962' is a remarkable compilation.... it features 120 songs that were hits in the States in that year – but , for all kinds of reasons, meant nothing at all this side of the Atlantic. The compilers have dug up every US top ten hit, every no. 1 on the R&B and Country charts and a smattering of other charts riders – none of which had any impact in the UK.... indeed many of them were never even released over here!

Given the year – 1962- expect plenty of soul, especially from the burgeoning Motown and Stax labels. So, here enjoy again stuff like The Supremes' 'You Belong To Me', The Contours' 'Do You Love Me', William Bell's 'You Don't Miss Your Water' and Booker T's 'Green Onions'. Plenty more soul from people like Ray Charles, Ben E King, the Drifters, Brook Benton, Dee Clark, Barbara Lynn, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons and Sam Cooke – can you believe his mighty 'Having A Party' was never a UK hit?

There's plenty of great pop too.... iconic tracks from pop legends like the Everly Brothers, Dion, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, the Beach Boys and someone called Elvis Presley. You get a smattering of Bacharach songs too... the Shirelles' 'Baby Its You' (covered by the Beatles, of course) along with 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance' and 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' –both recorded by Gene Pitney.

The collection is a fabulous snapshot of a seminal year in pop history (remember 'Love Me Do' was out that year) and it offers all kinds of memory-jerking moments.. even the then-fashionable novelty songs ('Ahab The Arab' anyone?) sound good - fuelling a feast of proper nostalgia!

AMERICAN MUSIC LIBRARY – THE HITS OF 1962 is out now o Fantastic Voyage Records.



Friday, 27 February 2015 20:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

trainBack in March 2011 DJ JAZZHEADCHRONIC (aka Mickey Smith) started his twice monthly SOUTH LONDON SOUL TRAIN nights at the CLF Arts Cafe in Peckham's Bussey Building. Held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, the seven hour show is a mix of funk, soul, rare groove, disco and much much more. Now known as one of London's top soul nights, the gig has attracted some of the UK's best bands and DJs – people like Snowboy, Nik Weston, Patrick Forge and Omar amongst them. The event's always been welcoming and all-inclusive with the focus on the music and the dancing.

If you can't get to the event you can now get on board the via a brand new 15 track compilation – 'THE SOUTH LONDON SOUL TRAIN Volume 1' - the very first release on Chronic Fonk Records. The set is a snapshot of the night and reflects the eclecticism of the music that's played out.

There's lashings of classic soul, obviously ... Gloria Jones' 'Tainted Love' and Marvin's 'Wherever I Lay My Hat' amongst the cuts; there's lots of left-field items like The Hot 8 Brass Band's acclaimed version of 'Sexual Healing' along with Magic Drum Orchestra's 'Ragga Samba'. You get a nod to where it all started with Ray Charles's 'What I'd Say' which sits cheek by jowl with the Havana Cultura Band's 'Arroz Con Polo'.

Top all that with classic disco... Patrice Rushen's 'Haven't You Heard' and a great Dmitri From Paris remix of Chic's 'I Want Your Love' and you have a mighty varied yet wholly satisfying soul experience.... just like a proper night with the South London Soul Train crew.

The album is available now and you can find out more @

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 20:15



Friday, 27 February 2015 14:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Faith-Evans-that-grape-juice-Given the fact that she's a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, a best-selling author (she wrote 'Keep The Faith: A Memoir' in 2008), a sometime actress (she appeared in 'The Fighting Temptations' alongside Beyonce in 2003) and a TV programme creator/producer (of the 2012 reality series 'R&B Divas: Miami') as well as a mother, 'Incomparable' is a word that's an apposite descriptor for the multi-talented, forever multitasking FAITH EVANS. It's also the title of the 41-year-old Florida-born vocalist's new album, her eighth long player in a storied career that has now spanned twenty years.

The 'First Lady of Hip-hop Soul' - as she's been dubbed - rose to fame on Sean 'Puffy' Combs' Bad Boy imprint in the mid-'90s, where she scored a slew of big US R&B hits. The death of her ex-husband rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls born Christopher Wallace) in 1997 led to the Grammy-grabbing tribute record a year later called 'I'll Be Missing You,' which became a monumental global smash in 1998. Faith left Bad Boy in 2004 and signed to Capitol.  'Incomparable' is her first solo album since 2010's indie release, 'Something About Faith.' Featuring cameos from Missy Elliott and Keke Wyatt, it is arguably the chanteuse's most potent long player of her career.

At the time of writing, Faith is present in the UK to perform two eagerly-anticipated concerts scheduled for tonight (February 27th in Birmingham at The Institute) and tomorrow (Saturday 28th in London at IndigO2). SJF's Charles Waring managed to grab a few minutes with the songstress, where she talked about her life, music and career...


Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 15:04




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