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Monday, 29 September 2014 21:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

marcel_hoochieAs October looms, just time for a timely reminder for what promises to be one of THE soul gigs of the year... and for once this show's not in London!

Friday October 17h and Saturday October 18th sees US soul star MARCELL RUSSELL appearing exclusively at Newcastle's Hoochie Coochie Club.

Baltimore-based Russell is one of America's biggest indie soul draws and is currently appearing in a Luther Vandross and Grover Washington tribute show. Marcell has enjoyed an eighteen year career and has been nominated for over 20 independent music awards. He first came to prominence fronting the group, The Truth and proper soul connoisseurs number their 'Hopes Too High' as an all-time classic.

A star on the US indie soul circuit, Russell is constantly likened to Luther Vandross, Levi Stubbs, Donny Hathaway and Gerald Levert while those who have witnessed his powerful performances understand why fellow soul stars have dubbed him "The Voice".

Hoochie Coochie Club owner, Warren Thomson is a long time fan of Marcell and is delighted to be bringing him over for the two shows. He says; "Marcell Russell is a phenomenal soul singer and so that everybody can come along and witness the shows the admission charge each night will be just £5. I want the whole UK soul fraternity to come along and see this guy".

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 21:28



Friday, 26 September 2014 12:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Fwd_We_can_fly_new_cover_-_soulfoodmusicukgmail.com_-_GmailRemember SURFACE? Course you do! Every self-respecting soul fan will have a soft spot for their gentle 'Happy' anthem. Yes it has been many moons since we've last heard from the band but the good news is that the band has RESURFACED (terrible pun... but what would you expect?)

Surface began originally as flutist David "Pic" Conley, guitarist David Townsend, and vocalist Bernard Jackson and through the 80s and early 90s they developed a gentle, laid back, smooth soul sound typified by 'Happy'.

David "Pic" Conley has reconvened the band – now called RESURFACE - and has joined with singer John Feva to concoct more gentle, smooth soul. Feva is the son of George Malone of the Monotones (their biggest hit was 'Who Wrote The Book Of Love') and was lead vocalist in a band called the Black Flames

The new Resurface has just released two tracks 'Diamonds and Pearls' (not the Prince song!) and 'We Can Fly'. The former is a sweet slice of smooth soul with more than a hint of the 'Happy' sound to it; the latter is tougher and tighter and rides a great soul groove. Fans of a certain Michael Jackson will be impressed, I'm sure, by the similarities between Mr. Feva's vocal approach and MJ's!

The good news is that there's more to come... there's a whole Resurface album scheduled for later in the year.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 12:28



Friday, 26 September 2014 12:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

maysaWe all know that Christmas arrives earlier and earlier each year.... but October, blimey! Yes, October sees the release of MAYSA'S Christmas album.... 'A Very Maysa Christmas'.

Ms Leak says of her project;" I've been wanting to do a Christmas record for years. I hope people enjoy my take on the songs they've heard done by hundreds of artists over the years. My biggest wish for mankind is that people truly learn what it means to love yourself. I believe a healthy self esteem is the basis for true happiness." .

The album, we're told, features Maysa's distinctive readings and new arrangements of a whole host of seasonal favourites. Lead track from the album, though, is a little more obscure.... it's a cover of Edwin Hawkins' 'Pray For Peace'. Diligent internet search will allow you to have a listen.... Merry Christmas everybody!

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 12:29



Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

SouLutions_Philly_Line_Listen_The_RemixesNewcastle duo SOULUTIONS (Steve Lee and Louise Mehan)) are just putting the finishing touches to their eagerly awaited debut long player. The first single from Soulutions, 'Listen', has been the biggest soul hit of the summer – sitting atop all credible soul charts for week upon week.

In the meantime the Soulutions' people have been getting some top remixers to tweak some of the band's other songs. The Drizabone team are working on a new version of 'Listen' while Ray Hayden from Opaz Productions is having a look at 'Mr Sun'.

Biggest buzz though has been on the Colin Watson remix of the wonderful 'Philly Line'. The 'CW Philly Mix' (original title!) is a magnificent piece of modern soul and after its airing on Jazz FM last weekend the station's lines went berserk as soul connoisseurs wanted to know more about it (you can check it out by the way via YOUTUBE) . At the moment it's a toss up as to whether this 'Philly Line' mix beats 'Listen' as the year's classiest modern soul groove.

To make things a little more complicated Colin Watson has also done a more laid back 'After Midnight' mix while the mixes of 'Listen' still come thick and fast with a housey 'Reverie' mix and an almost instrumental Mike Maurro bootleg.

Whatever, it's been a busy few months for Soulutions and set to get busier when the album hits the racks

The band are pictured below on stage.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:17



Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

n_oThe Fantastic Voyage label's archive soul survey blasts into New Orleans to bring us a mighty 2 CD, 60 track survey of early New Orleans soul. The city, of course, has a unique atmosphere and ambience. With its complex melting pot history and demographic, little wonder that New Orleans is often referred to as The Big Easy... and that easy way of doing things was sure felt in the way the city's musicians made their music. The music of New Orleans has as an easy tempo... gentle and insistent; it features delicate rhythms often featuring a lazy, laid-back backbeat that gives the music a very distinct flavour... heard especially strongly in its soul output.

This new collection - 'SOUL CITY NEW ORLEANS' - looks at the soul made in the city in the late 50s and early 60s and features songs from the catalogues of labels like Minit, Ric, Instant and Bandy. The artists represent a great cross section of the city's talent and they include big names like Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Huey Smith, Bobby Marchan and Aaron Neville alongside lesser luminaries like Roy Brown, Joe Jones, Earl King and Elton Anderson. There's also music from Eddie Bo, Ernie K Doe and Prince La La – three musicians who really do sum up the irrepressible spirit of New Orleans soul .

The album comes complete with a full colour booklet that's been put together by veteran soul journalist Clive Richardson and his comments add to the enjoyment that's to be had throughout the collection.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 15:22




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