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BIRTHDAY BOY....

Sunday, 08 December 2019 18:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altA few weeks back UK soul entrepreneur DEE MAJEK (aka Kejam) celebrated a big birthday... we're too polite to say which one. To mark the occasion he had one of his best tunes remixed.... it's 'Calmer' which features the sweet vocals of Lisa Taylor. This new mix is a steady and soulful groove with hooks a-plenty. Right now, it's a "DJ only" release but with pressure in the right places.... who knows.

Dee also tells us that he's working on some new material for release next year.... 2020... wow... so soon!

 

CHRISTMAS CAPERS...

Sunday, 08 December 2019 16:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAlready getting a bit fed up of "hanging all the mistletoe" or that "cold, cold Christmas in the ghetto"? If so, here are a few brand new Christmas soul releases that offer something a little different.

First up there's a smooth but soulful 'Christmas Time' from Virginia's AL LINDSEY. For many years Al has worked in an around Detroit – occasionally collaborating with Lawrence Payton Jr (son of Four Tops, Lawrence Payton Snr and now a Top himself). You may remember his 2018 'Versatility' LP and his 'Christmas Time' confirms the soul credentials that were apparent on that album... a great song stylist (might remind you of Ali Oli Woodson) and sweet, seasonal song.

'Christmas Unites The World' is another new cut with an optimistic seasonal message. Artist is New Orleans born SARGENT TUCKER. The message is clear.... the essence of the season is world peace, sharing the spirit of love, unity, and togetherness. Production is down to Levi Seacer, Grammy nominated producer, and former Music Director of Prince.

Last Christmas SHOW TYME (the musical alter ego of Trenton, New Jersey born LETHEL BROOKS) released a Christmas message song 'It's Christmas Time'... a sweet, modern soul slow jam with images of mistletoe, holly, peace, love and all the usual suspects. It sort of slipped under the radar, so just in time for the annual Wassail fest, the song is being re-promoted. Show Tyme says: "this song is a representation of Christmas past and present evoking the memories of those crisp Christmas Mornings and warm Holiday Nights. A time when the family is the centre and love is the fabric."

Finally, from the Regi Myrix stable comes "Kiss On Christmas" from TY JUAN. This is a big production... classy string intro and a delivery that harks back to the era of Boyz II Men et al.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2019 16:07

 

Coming Back Again - The Tops And Tempts To Tour The UK In 2020

Friday, 06 December 2019 13:15 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                             altIt's just been announced that the legendary, long-running Motown-associated vocal groups, THE FOUR TOPS and THE TEMPTATIONS, are returning to the United Kingdom next year to perform eight arena dates in October and November 2020. Their short tour begins in Cardiff on October 29th,  concluding eleven days later in London on November 8, 2020. In between those two dates, the groups will perform in Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham and Bournemouth.

Says Duke Fakir, the last surviving original member of the Four Tops: "We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK. We always have such a great reception from our fans here, it always feels like home. It makes it so special to perform for the folks in Britain.”

His counterpart in The Temptations, the group's lone founder member, Otis Williams, is also enthusiastic about his forthcoming UK trip. “We want to thank our British fans for supporting and inspiring us over a half century," he says. "I’ve had such memorable trips to Britain dating as far back as the early '70s, including meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury to recording our Live at London’s Talk of the Town album. As we mark our 60th Anniversary in 2020, the Temptations want to pay special tribute to fans in the UK and worldwide. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this special milestone during next year’s tour."

The full tour schedule:

Thursday 29 October Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Friday 30 October Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

Sunday 1 November Manchester Arena

Monday 2 November Liverpool M&S Bank Arena

Tuesday 3 November Leeds First Direct Arena

Wednesday 4 November Birmingham Arena

Saturday 7 November Bournemouth International Centre

Sunday 8 November London O2 Arena

Tickets are available from: www.ticketline.co.uk, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2019 19:48

 

R KELLY – MORE TROUBLES....

Friday, 06 December 2019 12:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt's being reported that singer R KELLY – still the subject of ongoing sexual allegations and legal proceedings- is facing new charges. It's said that he bribed a government official in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry an under-age girl in 1994. The girl, named only as "Jane Doe" in the documents, has widely been identified by the US media as singer Aaliyah. They married when she was 15 and Kelly was 27. The marriage certificate listed her age as 18. This latest criminal indictment was filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York. They also say he and his entourage headed up a racketeering operation, across two decades, which recruited women and under-age girls for illegal sexual activity. Court documents reportedly say the bribe was paid on 30 August 1994 - just one day before the marriage licence to Aaliyah was granted.

Their marriage, of course, was annulled months later. Sadly Aaliyah was to die in a plane crash in 2001. Intriguingly, her debut album, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number', was produced and written by Kelly.

 

DON’T!

Friday, 06 December 2019 12:36 BIllB E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest offering from soul entrepreneur Preston Glass's stable is an easy-on-the-ear affair from GERALD SIMMONS, 'Don't'. Interestingly we "don't" know too much about Gerald save that he's nicknamed "Vegas" Simmons.... so make of that what you will.

Whatever, I'm sure both Gerald and producer Preston will both admit that the 'Don't' isn't a potential soul calssic nut it has an odd, quirky appeal that might just get 'em on the floors at those upcoming Christmas parties! The more you hear it, the more it grows. It's available (along with plenty of other goodies) @ www.DSGMusicstore.com

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 December 2019 18:16

 

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