Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe've tracked the progress of DARIEN DEAN since his 2009 debut 'If These Walls Could Talk'. From it the lovely light dancer 'Just Can't Wait' won young Darien (that's how he was billed back then, by the way) lots of friends in the modern soul community. After that he took lead vocals on Reel People's 'Alibi – a worldwide dance hit and then he joined Angela Johnson on her still lovely ballad 'All In Me' (we recommend you check that one out!).

12 months ago his 9 track 'Departures' kept the interest level high and right now he's working on a follow up – 'Detours'. In the meantime you can hear and enjoy his talent on a lovely new collaborative single, 'Last Song'. Duetting with Darien on the beaty steppers style tune is top session singer TIFFANY T'ZELLE who's worked with people like Patti Austin and Leela James.

We're told that 'Last Song' is a feature track on the upcoming 'Detours' which also features input from Omar with production from Herb Middleton (credits include Usher and Mary J Blige and Darien's fab 'Departures' set).




Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altREGGIE LUCAS – guitarist and song writer extraordinaire – died on Saturday 19th May in New York. He was aged 65. Reggie's daughter, Lisa, posted: "After a long and arduous struggle with his physical heart (his emotional one was perfect) he was called home. I wish he'd had more time, I wish we'd all had more time with him, but he left this world absolutely covered in love, with his hands held and his family beside him. I'm glad he's at peace now."

Born in Queens, New York, young Reggie immersed himself in music from an early age. Aged just 17 he joined Billy Paul's road band as guitarist; two years later he was working with Mile Davis. From there he joined Roberta Flack's band where he met James Mtume. (the pair are pictured below) Working in tandem with Mtume, Lucas went on to write some of the most memorable soul songs of the 70s and 80s. Amongst their best known songs are: Stephanie Mills' 'What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin', Phyllis Hyman's 'You Know How To Love Me', Lou Rawls/ the Spinners' 'Got To Be Love', Eddie Henderson's 'Say You Will', Gary Bartz's 'Music' and Roberta Flack's 'The Closer I Get To You'.

Reggie also produced Madonna's debut album and wrote her #1 hit "Borderline'. He was a member of the band Sunfire and eventually ran his own studio - Quantum Sound.


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Friday, 18 May 2018 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor the past several weeks Solar Radio has been getting a big response from its rotation of a sensual soul groove with a hint of "steppers" from DRE T TURNER. His tune is the infectious 'Stepping Between The Sheets' and it's easy to hear why Solar have playlisted it.

Our research reveals that Mr Tuner is no newcomer. Hailing from Maywood, Illinois, he started off with the family gospel group - The Turner Family Singers before becoming a solo performer – a role he pursued while also working as a chauffeur for "names" like R. Kelly, Tyrone Davis, and Queen Latifah. Now a full time singer, Dre regularly sells out venues in the Chicago area and with the success of 'Stepping Between The Sheets' it looks like he'll soon be filling venues nationwide!

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 19:32



Friday, 18 May 2018 19:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe emergence of DSG RECORDS has been one of the UK soul scene's biggest success stories of the last couple of years. The label was the logical spin off from the DISCO SOUL GOLD (DSG) blog/website which is the brain child of UK soul veteran GARY VAN DEN BUSSCHE.

Young Gary's been involved in the crazy world of UK soul for over 40 years – for 28 of those he ran his own soul club nights and DJ'd at the renowned Tramp nightspot.

Right now apart from running the mighty DSG empire, Gary is currently hosting his own show on Starpoint Radio, He broadcasts in the weekday (Monday- Thursday) mid morning spot (11 – 1) and it makes a great alternative to Ken Bruce and Jeremy Vine! Expect plenty of great and intriguing soul - old and new.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2018 18:35



Friday, 18 May 2018 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul anoraks and inveterate sleeve readers will be aware of the name PARIS FORD. Mr F is one of soul's most in-demand bass players – and his pedigree goes way back to the 70s when he formed the band Tyrone Thomas & The Whole Darn Family. In 1981 Paris became a mainstay of The B. B. & Q. Band. In his own right he enjoyed chart action with 'Be My Girl'; then, after that, plenty of session and live work with people likes Rick James, Johnny Gill, New Edition, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Lenny White, Tyrone Thomas, Norman Connors and Lonnie Liston Smith.

Right now Mr Ford is busy re-promoting his in-demand back catalogue via a four track EP –that actually only features two songs – in two different mixes each (i.e. – 4 tracks!)

Songs in question are 'Don't Pass On Her' and 'Suzie Susy'. The former is a 2017 remake of a 1989 cut while the latter was originally released in '86. Both are hard, driving soul-funk workouts – not a million miles away from the sound of one time Ford collaborator Rick James.

Your usual download portal and/or CD Baby will allow investigation.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 19:32


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