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Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest offering from award-winning producer, songwriter and musician PRESTON GLASS is, I guess, what we used to call a concept album. Produced in conjunction with David Nathan's SoulMuisc Records, Glass' 'Love & Compassion' 17 track collection is all about peace, understanding, respect and, yes – love and compassion.

Preston and David say: "There is a void in the world's landscape today, of what used to be "basic human ingredients of 'LOVE and COMPASSION'".....The need for these qualities is what sparked the inspiration for this album".

To help deliver the concept Mr G has drafted in a stellar team of performers that includes people like Gerald Alston, Chubby Tavares and Freda Payne. Some of the music has been available before – notably the Alston collaboration with Willie Bradley, 'In The Meantime' – a track that was a 2017 UK soul hit. Most of the rest, though, are brand new songs.

Amongst the noteworthy tracks are a great version of 'Ghetto Child' by Brendon Wattz and 'Love Always Wins' by Eugene Cole (a scion of the famous Cole family). Other contributors include Ron Tyson, Kirk Whalum and Aiyana Lee – the granddaughter of Jimmy Ruffin.

Glass authored (or co-authored) all the songs (with the exception of 'Ghetto Child') and it would be very easy for cynics to knock the principle behind songs like 'Welcome To The Human Race', 'Peace Is More' and 'Love Will Get Us Through' but as someone once said (Nick Lowe, I think) "What's So Funny 'Bout Love Peace And Understanding"?


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:27


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Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon address 100 WARDOUR STREET has always been important in Soho's musical iconography. In 1964 the legendary Marquee Club set up home there. The venue played host to artists like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, countless wannabees and dozens of visiting US soul stars.

The Marquee sadly closed in 1988 and since then the venue has had several uses. Most recently it's been home to the restaurant/bar/live music venue simply called 100 WARDOUR ST.

100 Wardour St offers live music five nights a week and starting this coming Tuesday, 23 January (and every Tuesday thereafter), the place will be buzzing to the sounds of the Atlantic Soul Orchestra (pictured below). "SOUL TUESDAYS", for that's the name of the night, will offer hard-hitting soul as the band run through their repertoire of music from the back catalogues of people like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Sam Cooke and many more.

The night starts at around 8pm and if you fancy a bite there's soul food on offer too!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018 11:23



Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGermany's TRAMP RECORDS get into the New Year with the ninth instalment in their always excellent 'MOVEMENT' series for which the motivation is to dig out the ultra rare, the esoteric and the downright obscure. To date the 'Movement' series has unearthed over 100 unknown soul, funk and jazz tracks and this new edition carries on the tradition with a glorious panache and a welcome disdain for the fashionable.

To understand what it's all about grab a listen to a cover of 'Harlem Shuffle' by a band called Hot Cakes. You've probably heard dozens of versions of this song but I guarantee that you've never heard it like this... a kind of Spanish Harlem Shuffle with Fatback Band overtones and the odd crazy harmony ...wonderful stuff! Another interesting cover is Dario and the Infernos' take on Oscar Brown's 'Brother Where Are You' while Chick Willis' 'Sometimes Soon' gives James Brown's 'It's A Man World' a real run for its money.

As ever with Tramp there's plenty of fab rare soul and funk here and with the label celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, I'm sure we can expect much, much more!

By the by, the first 400 LPs of this album come with a bonus 7" single of Melo Madnezz's 'What You Getting High On' – a mad, off every wall Northern flavour!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:48



Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altORANGE BURN are a hard gigging New York based soul and funk outfit led by Adam Marr. Right now they're mighty busy promoting their new single 'Testify' – a fierce amalgam of rock and funk fronted by a feisty female vocalist.... Shilan Douglas. The rest of the band are; Rich Formidoni – keyboards, Isaac Friedman –bass, David McKoy – drums, Theo Moore – percussion, Dayna Richardson – vocals and guitarist and leader Adam Marr.

The catchy and insistent 'Testify' track is taken from the band's current mini album – a five track eponymous EP that features more of the same rocky, bluesy, ballsy, funk flavours. Hear that sound at its toughest on the crazy instrumental that is 'Cool Stuff Here'.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMALINA MOYE describes herself as "a pop-rock maven and international guitar superstar" – a title she claimed via her 2011 album 'Diamonds And Guitars'. Since the release she's gone onto to work with Jimi Hendrix tribute bands and artists like Robin Thicke whilst cultivating her image as a musical bad girl.

March sees the release of her new album – 'Bad As I Wanna Be'. It's a 10 track set that sees Ms M let fly with fierce vocals and a fiercer Fender Strat guitar sound. The Hendrix influence is palpable... she even covers the master's 'If 6 Were 9'. The only cut to bother the soul crowd is possibly 'K-Ytoic' which features input from a certain Bootsy Collins. It is, though, as "chaotic" as the onomatopoeic title suggests.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 January 2018 20:49




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