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THE POWER OF LOVE!

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEverybody's fave soul man, CHRIS JASPER enjoyed great success with his last LP – the lovely 'Share With Me'. It was stuffed with proper soul music and one of the key cuts 'I Love You' won a huge modern soul following –a run extended when the Boogie Back remix team put their very distinctive spin on it.

Well the same team have now remixed another of the album's big cuts, the sweet floater 'That's What Love Can Do'. Again, they've woven a web of modern soul wonderment with the good bit being that they've left Chris centre stage with his immaculate vocal.

Chris Jasper: 'That's What Love Can Do'... the Boogie Back remix will be available very soon and comes highly recommended.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 13:06

 

STAY KEAN!

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDANNY KEAN is a US blue-eyed soulster currently working on an EP. The first track from the mini-album has been winning some airplay and is available to grab now from the usual download portals.

'You Love Me' is a plaintive and simple modern soul groove with a particular insistence. It's out now via Ruffle Bird Music.

 

STILL IN VOGUE...

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEN VOGUE made a surprise comeback last month with a tight little single, 'I'm Good', which, we're told was a taster for a new album - - 'Electric Cafe' . On the cut, the new line-up Cindy Heron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett told like it is on an anthem of self-pride.

If you liked the tune, the news is that there are soon to be two new mixes available – one from Cool Millionaire Rob Hardt who does his usual tasty modern soul thing; and for those who enjoy the beats a little more frantic there a tweak from Mousse T. Both new mixes will be on the shelves mid July.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 13:07

 

ROYAL PREROGATIVE!

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBlue-eyed soul collectors know all about JAMES ROYAL. For those who don't – a brief bio. Born James Naim in Ealing, West London, James' first band was an R&B combo, The Skyways. When they imploded he formed his own band – Jimmy Royal and the Hawks who quickly won a large following on the London mod soul and R&B scene. With a little string pulling by Ronnie Woods (yes the Rolling Stone but then in The Birds) and a subtle name change from Jimmy to James the band scored a deal with EMI.

By 1966 the band were "The James Royal Set" but later that year Royal went solo and signed with CBS. Eleven singles and one album followed. His recordings were an eclectic mix of covers and originals and though plenty enjoyed airplay none saw positive chart action so, in 1972 he relocated to Australia with his Aussie wife.

Good music, though, has a habit of resurfacing and in the late 70s "new mod" crate diggers discovered James Royal's music and over the years a demand for his old stuff has grown and grown... and lo and behold –RPM Records now oblige with a 25 track retrospective of Royal's work between 1964 and 1970.

The album is named for 'Call My Name' - arguably James' most in-demand song. A moody, soulful item, it was the song that first got fans of mod music digging into James Royal's back pages. The album also features some tasty Royal covers of soul classics like 'Work Song' , 'Black Cloud' (an old Jackie Wilson song),Van McCoy's 'I've Lost You', 'I Can't Stand It' and a great take on 'She's About A Mover' – Royal's very first single.

JAMES ROYAL; CALL MY NAME – SELECTED RECORDINGS 1964 – 1970 is out now on RPM

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 13:08

 

BACK TO AVALON....

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBerklee Music College graduate, JAMES ROSOCHA has an impressive CV. The bassist is a long time member of the BD Lenz group who have nine albums under their belt while he's also played with people like Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock and Jay Beckenstein.

James has just released his first solo set – the nine tracker that is 'Avalon'. The long player's title cut is a proper showcase for James' bass virtuosity – it's essentially a four minute bass solo with just gentle shading from guitarist Audric Jankausklas. The album boasts plenty more bass heavy grooves – but you'd' expect that. Cuts like 'Dysfunction Junction', 'Turbulence Ahead' and 'Harlem River Drive' meld bass-led jazz, funk and soul but there's respite too from the bass heavy pieces.

'Ariana' is a lovely, light Latin confection with some fine piano from Steve Kramer. Then there's 'By The Wayside' –an interesting and intricate waltz. There's one vocal track on the album - 'Lost' – a funky soul groove with a peculiar falsetto vocal from the song's writer, guitarist Dave Haywood.

James and his band will be touring the UK in July with dates right across the country. You can check the dates and venues and learn more about  'Avalon' @ www.jamesrosocha.com

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 18:10

 

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