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FALLING, FALLING.....

Friday, 23 February 2018 20:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month we strongly recommended a fab new tune from Aussie soul man DANIEL MARCH. Said song was the ultra catchy 'Falling'... oddly the same title as the man's 2015 debut single. This new 'Falling' was new (if you see what I mean) and it won young Dan (who now works out of London) loads of friends.

Amongst those friends was mixer man ASHLEY BEEDLE who's given the tune a remarkable new makeover. This "North Street" mix keeps everything that was good about the original but garnishes it with plenty of classy and inspired touches – like a drum sample nicked from an annoyingly familiar tune which for the life of me I can't pin down! It does add to the magic of the mix though ... watch out for this one!

 

SMOKE AND FIRE....

Friday, 23 February 2018 19:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAt the back end of 2017 swathes of California were devastated by forest fires. One person affected was 16 year old pop/soul singer SYDNEY BROWN who at the time of the fires was working in California with garlanded writer/producer/artist NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN.

The pair decided to work on a song about the situation and issue it as a charity record to benefit needy victims of the fires and 'Love Is Stronger Than Smoke And Fire' has just been released on Walden's Tarpan Records.

The song is more pop than soul but it's driven along by Walden's signature percussion and, of course, all profits are headed for a worthy cause, Walden and Brown have joined forces with YOU CARING and THE CALIFORNIA RED CROSS to ensure that all monies raised are properly targeted.

Find out more @ www.sydneybrown.com

Last Updated on Friday, 23 February 2018 20:08

 

RETURN TO LOVE TOWN...

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBooker Newberry's 'Love Town' still stands as one of the great soul anthems – a staple of every soul weekender everywhere! Well now the old chestnut has won a revival courtesy of the Sed Soul crew. Rob Hardt is the man at the control desk on a slightly faster version of 'Love Town' from BIG JANO GREEN.

We're not saying the new version is better than the original but it's certainly full of pace and excitement and boasts a crazy percussive break. Like the revered original, it's set to fill dance floors everywhere! Out now!

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:15

 

TAKING THE BISCUIT!

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul veteran RANDY MULLER is the brains behind BROOKLYN SOUL BISCUITS and he's at the controls for their latest outing a sweet and sensual old school ballad, 'It's All About You'. Great to know that music like this is still being made.... and it comes complete with a romantic little monologue that stays just on the right side of cheesy.

Brooklyn Soul Biscuits - It's All About You (Lovers' Edition) – out now on Plaza records

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:16

 

JESUS’ JUKEBOX!

Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:04 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altProper soul collectors know that it all began in church.... many of soul's true greats served their apprenticeship in Gospel music. Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin. Jerry Butler, Johnnie Taylor, James Brown and countless more all found their voices in spiritual music while the structures, format and harmonies of classic soul took Gospel as their template.

Helping underline what we all know CRAFT RECORDINGS have just released an authoritative 40 track compilation that pulls together key cuts from what many consider the Golden Age of the small gospel group – 1951-1965...the very period when the rubrics of soul music were being crafted.

'JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX' comes as a double CD and in a 3 LP vinyl pack and delves deep into the vaults of influential labels like Specialty and Vee-Jay and features music from many of Gospel's biggest names, amongst them The Staple Singers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones and The Soul Stirrers. There are also plenty of rarities – notably 'Father Don't Leave' by the Silver Quintette and 'People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing' by the Original Blind Boys.

The album comes complete with extensive liner notes from gospel music author, talk show host, and editor-in-chief of the 'Journal of Gospel Music', Robert M. Marovich. He writes: "Whether stolen, borrowed, leased, or subconsciously emulated, the music of the African American church in the twentieth century has had a profound and permanent influence on popular music. Every perspiration-drenched performance by a soul singer [and] every shouting improvisation from a rock-and-roll vocalist...evokes the exuberance of black preachers, church singers, and church musicians in the throes of the spirit." Amen, brother!

JESUS ROCKED THE JUKEBOX: SMALL GROUP BLACK GOSPEL (1951-1965) is out now on CRAFT RECORDS

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:16

 

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