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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year the UK soul world was in thrall to a track called 'I Can't Help But Love You' from US soul man FREDERICK. Research revealed that Frederick has very long soul CV. Indeed Frederick Millard Davis (to give him his full moniker) charted way back in 1985 with the quiet storm classic 'Gentle (Calling Your Name)'

Another of Frederick's best tunes from that era was the sensual 'Games' and the Cleveland-born soul man has just re-recorded the song as his latest single. Riding a steady, groove the vocal betrays the years Mr. Davis has invested in the crazy world of soul music. He even finds time for a humorous old school poetic rap! It's oddly mesmerizing and we believe that there's an Ashley Beedle Ramrock remix in the pipeline!

FREDERICK'S GAMES is available via the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 20:34



Tuesday, 17 October 2017 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul connoisseurs will be more than familiar with ERROL HENRY. In 1989 he founded the legendary Intimate Records. Throughout the 90s Errol enjoyed success working with major record labels such as Arista, BMG, Warner Music, Island, EMI and Atlantic Records while Intimate continued to issue quality UK soul. Mr H went on to work with the Jones Girls on their 'Coming Back' long player and he produced much of Lulu's best ever album, the Dome-released 'Independence'. Errol then went on to produce UK soul classics on artists like Anthony Drakes, The Affair, Chris Ballin, Richard Anthony Davis, Jaki Graham and Deni Hines.

In 1993 he set up THE SOUND PRINCIPLE as an outlet for his own music and he enjoyed especial success with the inspirational album, 'Heaven's Glory', which is still held in high esteem by UK soul collectors.

Though the Sound Principle is still around, Mr H is working on a new imprint i2 which brought us the wonderful 'First Night' from Everett earlier this year. Now i2 hits us with a remarkable, properly soulful 4 track EP 'THE LOVE MUSIC SAMPLER'. The lead track comes from that man Everett. The ex-Syndicate singer delivers an infectious 'Your Side Of Love' which, we're told, comes form his upcoming album. We defy you to sit still through this one!

The EP's other tracks are the old school 'Bring Back The Love' from Kansas-based Le Velle, 'Nothing Like The Love Of A Woman' by South Carolina's wonderfully-named Carmichael Music Lover and the simple, jazzy 'Love Song' from Jorel "JFLY" Flynn. This one's the cherry on this very special soul cake as it features input from a certain Frank McComb. His name guarantees excellence... this cut is absolute proof!

This 4 track 'THE LOVE MUSIC SAMPLER' is just that – a taste of soulful things to come from i2.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 19:07



Monday, 16 October 2017 15:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTo mark the 50th anniversary of ARETHA FRANKLIN joining Atlantic Records, Rhino Records will be releasing a new 14 tracker on the Queen Of Soul. Cleverly and intriguingly titled 'A Brand New Me' (after one of the included songs) the album pairs Ms F with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

However, to be precise, the album is not all "brand new". Rather, with the whiz and wonder of modern technology, the producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman have created new backing tracks with the RPO (recorded at Abbey Road, by the way) and dubbed Aretha's original vocals over them. You may remember they did the same with Elvis Presley last year.

Amongst the songs on Aretha's album are 'Think', 'Respect', 'I Say A Little Prayer' , 'A Natural Woman' and, of course, 'A Brand New Me'.

It all sounds very exciting especially since we've learned that there are new backing vocals too – and amongst the new backing singers is Patti Austin.

In the meantime, rumours persist that Aretha is actually working on a proper brand new album – collaborating with people like Elton John, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder.



Monday, 16 October 2017 15:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS soul sources are reporting the death, at age 66, of "space cadet" DEBBIE WRIGHT. Followers of the Clinton/P Funk/Funkadelic circus will recognize Debbie as a member of Parlet, the collective's girl group.

With Mallia Franklin and Jeanette Washington, Debbie joined P Funk in 1975, morphing into Parlet in 1978. Between 75 and 78, the trio contributed to all of the Funkadelic albums of that period. However just prior to Parlet's first album release 'Pleasure Principle', Debbie was replaced by Shirley Hayden.

Ms Wright's background was in music. Born in Detroit, her mother was a background singer for gospel great Mahalia Jackson

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 15:46



Friday, 13 October 2017 18:33 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

alt'We Did It' is the first single from SYLEENA Johnson's new album – set for November release. The long player is called 'Rebirth Of Soul' and it was conceived and produced by her father, the legendary soul/blues singer and producer Syl Johnson, whose original hit version of 'Take Me To The River' was covered by Al Green and Talking Heads.

The 'Rebirth' album sees Syleena work her way through a series of classic soul numbers from the 50s and 60s... songs like 'Chain Of Fools' and 'Make Me Yours' while the anthemic 'We Did It' was, as soul buffs will tell you, originally recorded by Syl Johnson himself (those anoraks will also tell you that the original was arranged by Donny Hathaway) .... And like all those soul originals Syleena and Syl use live instrumentation throughout the album. Musicians on the album include the legendary Tom Washington and Willie Henderson – two Chicago soul legends

Syleena says of the new album: "The inspiration behind 'REBIRTH OF SOUL' is my father. I wanted to honour him and classic soul music in a time when auto tune and electronic beats reign supreme. While I am not against this kind of creative musicianship, there is so much more to the real thing. True Soul music tells stories...stories that can heal a nation."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 October 2017 18:38




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