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WHAT DO IT DO?

Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWhile we wait for the highly anticipated new JOSÉ JAMES album – 'No Beginning No End 2' (out March 6 on his own label Rainbow Blonde Records), the man offers another hors d'oeuvre in the form of the Prince flavoured beater 'You Know What It Do'. Mr J describes the catchy cut as his homage to the Minneapolis Funk he grew up with and it will tingle the aural taste buds (if such things exists!) in anticipation for the parent album.

For 'No Beginning No End 2' Jose revisits the inspiration and ideas of his 2013 collection 'No Beginning No End'. Indeed the new title says it all and the 12 tracker, we're told, features input from people like Laura Mvula, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali and Aloe Blacc

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:33

 

PLEASE STAY!

Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:17 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Stay' is the latest album from Atlanta soulstress SHAWNDELLA. Ms S has pursued a successful session career, enjoyed some solo success and worked as part of the SMOOTH BLEND duo with Ty Juan. You may remember their 'Couples Therapy: Session 1' album.

Indeed Mr Juan is at the producer's desk for 'Stay' and we're told that he needed plenty of guile to get young Shawndella back into the studio. It seems she was looking for downtime after her last solo project. But persuaded she was – and good thing too since 'Stay' is a pleasant modern R&B/soul collection and it would be a shame for that lovely, pure voice to remain unheard.

Sonically, the 12 tracker is low key and very "American" reminding me in places of Toni Braxton's work. Most of the cuts are modern R&B flavoured ballads (indeed the kind of thing that Ms Braxton excels at). Best of the LP's ballads is the old school 'He's Never Leaving Her' – a familiar theme in soul music... a classic scorned mistress song. 'Babyface' is interesting too – a tale of a relationship ignited and maintained by Babyface's music.

'Nobody Cares' is the only time the tempo lifts itself above the parapet... very sedately though. However, the track currently getting the attention is 'That Man'. Not quite a ballad; not quite a beater.... file under quirky and catchy; and, like the whole album - a lovely showcase for a lovely modern soul voice.

 

SHADOW DANCING!

Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:08 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHard-gigging, Germany-based funk septet THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS go into 2020 with a new 7" vinyl single that pairs two cuts from their last LP.... '2066'. The A side is the busy, brash 'Golden Shadow' while the flip features the stomping 'Preaching To The Choir" .... funk, Afro, hip/hop, soul, R&B and even the kitchen sink.... it's all in there!

 

MIND YOUR MIND!

Friday, 10 January 2020 16:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBeen a while since we heard from ROY AYERS... well he is 79, so allowed to slow down a bit! However, if you're having Ayers withdrawal symptoms maybe you need to check out a new release on the bbe label. It's a remix of a remix of an RA classic – 'I Am Your Mind'.

Back in 2006, the bbe label released their 'Virgin Ubiquity Remixed' project and the 'I Am Your Mind' track was re-tooled by mix maesto Mr.V – protégé of Louie Vega and owner at Sole Channel Music and Muzik 4 Tomorrow. He says:"I was stunned and incredibly humbled to be chosen to be a part of the original remix package. Back then, I just went ahead, with no regard to sound at times... looking back more recently and knowing what I know now, I wanted to polish what I created. I've refreshed the drums and brought the elements to life in the way I originally envisioned for my remix."

Hear the new, deeper version (vocal and instrumental) at a portal near you right now... and we believe that Mr Ayers is lining up a tour to promote the release!

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2020 19:05

 

BY JUPITER!

Friday, 10 January 2020 16:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMaeve Kelley is a young, new soul singer working out of L.A. Originally from Boston, young Ms K decamped to the West Coast to dip her toe into the area's vibrant music scene and managed to turn plenty of heads with her debut single, 'Baby Blue'.

Maeve now follows that with the sultry groove that is 'Jupiter's Child'. She calls this cut her "identity track": - "Surprisingly enough, Jupiter's Child was dreamt up from a dark place: during a time when I had lost my sense of self and the stars seemed to go black. I wrote this song as a way to force myself to remember who I am: a strong, passionate, and creative, young woman with fire in her soul; a woman who will always chase her greatest dreams and embark upon wild journeys, no matter what."

Citing her inspirational sonic heroes as Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Etta James, and Frank Sinatra, you can check Maeve's 'Jupiter's Child' via your favourite download/streaming portal now.

 

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