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THE RETURN OF KING KENNY!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul legend KENNY THOMAS returns to the fray with a brand new single that's all ready winning plays all over the place and getting "Record Of The Week" tags on all the credible soul stations.

Tune in question is a bright and boppy beater, 'Your Love' and its feel good feel is perfect for Ken's heartfelt vocals. Kenny's been road testing the song on his live shows and he tells us that it's been getting a great response.

'Your Love' is taken from KT's upcoming long player and it comes in a radio edit, a Simon Grey mix and a big Opolopo edit that borrows from the System's 'You Are In My System' (we think!)

The tune will be officially available from 25th May.... though it is out right now via Traxsource

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:44

 

SOUL THERAPY!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBillboard readers and followers of contemporary gospel will know all about ANTHONY BROWN AND GROUP THERAPY. The ensemble's latest single 'I Got That' is currently enjoying three Billboard gospel music nominations as it rises to the top of American gospel charts (both sales and airplay). Boasting what we're told is the new "trap beat" sound, the lyrics celebrate traditional triumph-over-tribulation motifs though the sound is totally contemporary and urban.

The song is the centrepiece of the outfit's latest album, 'A Long Way From Sunday ' which offers plenty more of the same groundbreaking urban gospel sounds though traditional call and response and classic harmonic gospel music is never far way.

 

A RIGHT ROYAL RELEASE.....

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBorn just outside Lafayette, Louisiana DWIGHT JAMES leads a real double life. By day he works full-time as a service agent for a car rental company at the Lafayette airport. Every day he gets down and dirty scrubbing cars, pumping tyres and filling petrol tanks. By night and in his free time he works long and hard celebrating his Louisiana/Creole musical heritage!

You see young Dwight fronts his own remarkable band – the ROYALS (Blake Pujol (guitar), Edward Paul Coussan (bass), Gino Vallecillo (drums), Mikey Chouest (keys), and Denise "That Beast" Gobert (background vocals/aux percussion).

Through his music Dwight attempts to use the soul, Zydeco and R&B sounds of yesteryear to craft a contemporary take on Louisiana heritage music

Earlier this year Dwight James and The Royals fronted Lafayette's Festival International's 2018 official Kick Off party. It was there where the group launched their first extended play, titled 'Need Your Loving.' The set's title track is a moody, broody four minutes worth of authentic southern soul flooded with Cajun guitar and Muscle Shoals flavoured brass. Expect a surprising mood change half way through! 'Waiting All Day' is another nostalgia-fired homage to southern soul as it was and you'll hear more of the same across the mini album's other three cuts.

If you despair that "authentic" music has gone by the wayside, you could do worse than check out Dwight James and the Royals. Do so @ www.facebook.com/DwightJamesandTheRoyals/

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WATTZ GOIN’ ON....

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:57 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

altBRANDON WATTZ is a US soul man who, though born in Germany, works in and around L.A having decanted there from Birmingham, Alabama. We first came across him via his excellent reading of the Spinners' 'Ghetto Child' on Preston Glass's 'Love and Compassion' collection.

Right now Mr W is busy promoting his own solo album 'Feelin' Some Kinda Way' which was produced by the aforementioned Preston Glass. That name will tell you that the collection is a smooth and sophisticated soul set with plenty of old school flavours.

The set's title track is a lazy, hazy groove with a hint of Howard Hewett about it. There's more of the same on the catchy 'Save Some Love For Me' while 'Man In The Middle' is a superior slab of pop soul. Throughout Brandon is on great vocal form – witness to the fact the he cites his heroes as Sam Cooke, Johnnie Taylor, Nat King Cole and Eddie Kendricks.

Your usual download portal will allow you to investigate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:01

 

JUST DREAMIN’

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSEAN HAEFELI is a Berlin-based pianist/vocalist/emcee/lyricist/composer and he refuses to pigeon hole his creations to just one genre. He says his music spans the boundaries of jazz, soul and hip-hop.

See if he's right by investigating his latest release – the ten track long player that is 'Just Beneath A Dream'. The overall soundscape of the collection is laid back, lounge jazz – vocal and piano. Some of the cuts veer toward chill like the gentle 'Nowhere Is A Place' (the title's the clue to the music here). There are exceptions – the crazy 'Propel' for instance and the drum and bass workout that is 'Push'

'Just Beneath A Dream' is Sean Haefeli's fourth album and you can learn more @ www.seanhaefeli.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:02

 

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