Friday, 08 December 2017 19:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'AM I DREAMING?' is the title of a wonderful, new 3 CD, 80 track compilation that looks at the British girl pop sound of the 60s. The music spans all kinds of genres, sounds and styles but, inevitably, there's plenty in the mix to interest serious soul collectors.

First up, being the 60s you get lots and lots of covers. So enjoy Sue and Sunshine's take of Alder Ray's 'A Little Love', Cilla Black's version of Arthur Alexander's 'Shot Of Rhythm And Blues' and Martha and the Vandellas' 'Heatwave', Louise Cordet's spin on Mary Wells' 'Two Lovers' or Elkie Brooks' reading of Etta James' 'Something's Got A Hold On Me'. Then there's music from home grown soul singers – relative unknowns like Squibby and the Reflections (the only UK act to have a release on CBS soul subsidiary, Direction) and Kim Davis alongside bigger names like Maxine Nightingale, Kiki Dee and dear old Dusty Springfield.

You also get lashings of great pop from famous names like Petula Clarke, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shapiro and Marianne Faithfull who're cheek by jowl with 60s pop wannabees....such as Barbara Ewing, Antoinette, Truly Smith, Sue Wilshaw, Judi Scott and Maynell Wilson who offers maybe the most interesting cut for soul collectors. Her offering is called 'Motown Feeling' – nothing to do with Motown really; it's a 1967 British take on pop soul ... yes, "interesting".

'AM I DREAMING?' is out now on RPM Records

Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 20:15



Friday, 08 December 2017 19:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Funk It Up' is the latest release from SoulFusionSeven – you probably remember their UK Soul #1 'Summer Breeze' and the equally tight 'Steppin' Up My Love'. The new tune is another band original from bassist/songwriter John Saltwell and lyricist Paul Baker but despite its title it's not funk as we know it. Rather this one is a sleazy, slinky groove with a sultry vocal from an unknown (at least on my copy) female diva... tasty though!

SoulFusionSeven - Funk It Up – on DSG is out now



Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWinter draws on! But still good to think about summer days and sun kissed soul as an antidote to these dark, cold, melancholic December days. And here's a new tune that might just do that!

We're recommending 'When The Devil's Paid' – a collaboration between Finnish sax star TIMO LASSY, Brazilian jazz/soul icon ED MOTTA and London based writer/producer ROB GALLAGHER (credits include Earl Zinger and Galliano).

The classy original mix of 'When The Devil's Paid' is a smooth slab of samba in the soul/jazz mode... think Secret Agent movies, maybe Austin Powers even!

The song's three alternative mixes are even more adventurous. The Jimi Tenor mix mines a sparse Afrobeat vein; the Alex Trebo mix (which highlights the sax), is best described as a Nu Jazz rub; while the Vanilla Dream drum and bass mix speaks for itself.

TIMO LASSY feat. ED MOTTA 'When The Devil's Paid' includes remixes by Jimi Tenor, Alex Trebo & Vanilla Dream is out now on new 10" vinyl & digital EP on Must Have Jazz/Membran Records



Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE TIBBS are a Dutch soul and funk outfit fronted by the feisty Elsa Bekman. Last year we recommended their quirky and funky 'Takin' Over' LP. The Tibbs have just told us that they're putting the gloss on their new long player and as a taster they've launched a new single – a swirling, brassy soul meander by the name of 'Lies'.

'Lies' is a moody, broody big tune that evokes the spirit of dear old Amy Winehouse and it's out now on Record Kicks on vinyl and in digital.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 December 2017 22:18



Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe first heard of UK soulstress GIZELLE SMITH back in 2010 when she fronted a catchy tune called 'June' .

Since then she's worked with The Mighty Mocambos.... you may remember their lovely 'The Time Is Right For Love' from the 'Seven Heaven' long player.

Now, pacted to Jalapeno Records, she's cutting an album all of her own. It's due in March. However, just in time for Christmas, she's released a single that offers two lovely tunes. First up there's 'S.T.A.Y' – a punchy, tight, brassy old school groove; then there's 'Sweet Memories' – a more ponderous cut that's right on the current UK soul vibe. We're thinking that 'S.T.A.Y' will be the one for the party season.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:15


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