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MIDAS TOUCH!

Saturday, 15 June 2019 09:11 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

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SHALAMAR are fondly remembered in the UK for lighting up both the charts and dance floors in the late '70s and early '80s. The legendary R&B and disco vocal trio racked up 18 UK hits in all, beginning in 1977 with 'Uptown Festival' and ending in 1986 with a remix version of an earlier Top 10 smash, 'A Night To Remember.' In between they also broke into the Top 10 with 'I Can Make You Feel Good,' 'There It Is,' and 'Dead Giveaway,' all recorded for the late Dick Griffey's Solar label.

All the above-mentioned songs and may more can be found on a new anthology of the vocal trio's work called 'Gold,' whose release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the group's classic line-up of Howard Hewitt, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel.   As well as a 42-track 3-CD version (which also includes a disc of 12-inch mixes), eight highlights from the set will also be available on a 180gm gold-coloured  vinyl LP.

'Gold' by Shalamar is available from July 5th via the Demon Music Group's Crimson imprint.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2019 09:16

 

STILL STRONGER!

Friday, 14 June 2019 14:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe COOL MILLION crew got into their 2019 tenth anniversary year with the big, big 'Stronger'. The chart topping groove featured a typically powerhouse vocal from JAMES D TRAIN WILLIAMS. The CM boys (Frank and Rob) revealed that they'd always wanted to work with D Train and that the 'Stronger' title reflects the fact that after ten years their music's getting stronger all the time!

The good news is that 'Stronger' is all set to get stronger as two new mixes of the tune are unleashed. They come courtesy of two master soul mixers – Opolopo and DJ Friction and both put their own soulful dance stamp on the tune. Little to choose between them – as ever you pays your money....

 

DEBORAH ... IN THE MIX....

Friday, 14 June 2019 14:27 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soulstress DEBORAH BELL made plenty of waves a week or so ago with her lovely modern soul groove - 'Love Won't Pay The Rent'.... great beats and intriguing lyrics.

Now to give the song a little more momentum, two new mixes have emerged courtesy of Deb's long-time collaborator, Georgie B. First up there's the 'Pay Your Way Mix'. This one's stripped right down allowing the sensitive beauty of Ms Bell's vocal to shine through. The second new mix is the "Juicy Mix" and no prizes for guessing that it draws its inspiration from 'Juicy Fruit'.

Both new tweaks are available now via Deborah's own site – www.deborahbellmusic.com

 

MORE MASTA BLASTA!

Friday, 14 June 2019 14:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year we recommended a new, old school soul outing 'What Am I Supposed To Do?' from a little known US singer simply called MASTA. The Preston Glass production had a simple kind of charm and now Masta follows it up with more of same old fashioned charm. His new single is the simple, unpretentious 'I Never Knew'.

The cut is easy-on-the-ear and Masta (who we're told is always working... the club and cruise circuit as well as jingles and musical theatre etc) has a great, old-fashioned soul voice... tough and rough but with a tender edge... sort of mid-way between David Ruffin and Ali Ollie Woodson.

 

LOST MILES

Thursday, 13 June 2019 14:44 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                                altOn September 6th, Warner Bros/Rhino are set to release 'Rubberband,' an unreleased album session from 1985 by trumpeter MILES DAVIS.

The sessions were originally helmed by R&B producers Randy Hall and Attila Zane Giles and were 59-year-old Davis's first recordings for his new label Warner Bros, which he joined in 1985 after a long and fruitful alliance with Columbia Records. They showed him going in a funkier and more R&B-tinged direction but the sessions were eventually aborted in favour of Miles hooking up with bassist/producer Marcus Miller, who produced Davis's first official release for his new label, 'Tutu' in 1986.  

Dusted down and retrieved from the archives, 'Rubberband' has been tweaked in the studio by Hall, Giles and Miles's nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr (who played drums on the album) and includes vocal cameos from Ledisi (on 'Rubberband Of Life,' released on an exclusive Record Store EP last year) and Lalah Hathaway ('So Emotional') as well as some contemporary production touches. The album also includes studio versions of instrumental tracks 'Maze' and 'Carnival Time,' which Miles often included in his live sets at the time.

'Rubberband' comes in a cover that features a Miles Davis painting and includes liner notes by British writer, George Cole, author of the book, The Last Miles, which chronicled the final and arguably most controversial phase of Davis's career.

'Rubberband' is set for release on September 6th via Warner/Rhino.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2019 14:46

 

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