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Friday, 31 October 2014 19:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Neo_feat_Drizabone_Your_Smile__Radio_editThe modern soul world is about to be enthralled with the release of brand new single from a little known continental artist called NEO. .. and the song that will delight is called 'Your Smile'.

Neo is actually the working name of French composer and pianist Stephane d'Esposito – possibly best known for his album 'The Pianist And The Poet', a collaboration with Tony Haynes and described as "a collection of romantic poetry set to music".

'Your Smile' was co-written by Stephane with US soul singer RUDI WILBURN way back in 2005. Rudi learnt his craft in the juke joints of Texas and cites his influences as Barry White, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye and it's his wonderful sonorous voice that graces the song... no wonder it's been a popular spin on the modern soul scene for a number of years.

Top DJ, Ginger Tony loves the record but always felt it could be even better with a little tweaking. Enter Drizabone main man, Billy Freeman, who when approached by Tony, was delighted to take on remix duties and add some of his own magic Drizabone modern soul ingredients to the song. The result is a modern soul delight that we're absolutely confident will be in everyone's modern soul top 5 come year end!

NEO, featuring DRIZABONE; 'Your Smile'..... released on December 1st and available via all the usual download portals.



Friday, 31 October 2014 19:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

ANN__SPEN-I_Feel_1The wonderful ANN NESBY is currently doing big business Stateside with her latest album 'Living My Life'. The busy ex Sounds Of Blackness lead has also teamed up with top house head DJ SPEN for an incendiary song that is the lead single from Spen's upcoming own album, 'Transition'.

The tune is simply called 'I Feel' and it recalls the best of Ann and Spen's work for the Basement Boys and Code Red. As ever, there's a generous number of remixes on the cut. Sahib Muhammad's original is a real room rouser; two Rhemi (Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk) mixes are warmer and slicker; while Spen's personal tweak is a disco delight!

Whatever mix you go for, you'll once again be amazed by Ms Nesby's soaring, soulful, Gospel-reared vocals... she sure feels that spirit!

'I Feel' comes courtesy of Quantize Recordings and is available for download right now!

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 19:33



Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

Robin_McKelle1415American soulstress ROBIN McKELLE is all set to release an EP of Christmas songs. Backed by the ever-reliable FLYTONES, the mini-album will feature two Christmas soul classics and a great Southern soul song, given a seasonal twist.

The two Christmas songs are Charles Brown's 'Merry Christmas Baby' and Donny Hathaway's 'This Christmas' while the third song is Robin's version of William Bell's 'Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday'.

All three tracks were mixed in Memphis and they'll be available in early November from the usual download sites and via Robin's own website.... we'll let you know when!

More good news? Well, Robin will be visiting the UK in March. At the moment she's booked in at the Jazz Cafe on March 19th... hopefully more gigs will follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:41



Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

lisa_boxThe renaissance of LISA STANSFIELD continues apace with Demon Music Group's release of all of the Rochdale songstress' Arista back catalogue.

Lisa's classic albums – 'Affection', 'Real Love', 'So Natural', 'Lisa Stansfield' and 'Face Up' will all be available as deluxe 2CD +DVD editions , while a further 3 CD pack – 'People Hold On; The Remix ' Anthology ' - pulls together all the big club tunes that made Ms S such a big favourite through the 90s.

Each package includes the remastered album plus rare tracks, 12" remixes, live footage, interviews and a 28 page booklet stuffed with memorabilia, lyrics and new sleeve notes... all bringing a new perspective to old favourites.

The 3 CD remix pack offers a plethora of real collectors' gems – including all the iconic remixes from the giants of the art – Frankie Knuckles, Masters at Work, David Morales and Ashley Beedle. You also get the long in-demand, full length disco mix of the Coldcut tune 'People Hold On'!

For proper Lisa Stansfield fans the collection also comes as one 18 disc box set – presented in a lavish slipcase and for those who pre-order the box via the D2C store there's an extra big bonus..... a signed and limited edition bonus 12" single featuring two of the late Frankie Knuckles remixes of a pair of Lisa's best – 'Change' and 'Never, Never Gonna Give You Up'.

In the meantime Lisa's last album 'Seven' is now available with a whole host of extras (see our reviews archive) and the single from the album – 'There Goes My Heart' - is already becoming a radio and soul club staple... especially in the wonderful Soul Talk remix.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:42



Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

hdhOne of this year's best archive soul collections was 'Holland-Dozier-Holland: The Complete 45s Collection'. The set was released to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the mighty triumvirate's labels - Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant. Issuing label, Harmless were so pleased with reaction that in December they'll be issuing a box set of rare H-D-H singles from the Invictus/Hot Wax/ Music Merchant era.

The set is succinctly titled 'HOLLAND-DOZIER-HOLLAND: RARE 45S BOX SET' and offers 10 x 7" vinyl discs. Most of the music has never been released before; previously existing only in acetate or test pressing format.

The collection will feature tracks from the likes of Chairmen of the Board, the Barrino Brothers, Honey Cone and Eloise Laws and the whole project has the complete blessing of Holland, Dozier and Holland.

The box set features some very special bonus cuts too - Tom Moulton remixes of the vocal and instrumental versions of Chairmen Of The Board's 'Give Me Just A Little More Time'/'You've Got Me Dangling On A String' and Freda Payne's 'Unhooked Generation'.

Full review to follow.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:42




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