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KEEP HOLDING ON....

Friday, 10 January 2020 16:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was December when jazz guitar man DAVE MASCALL released a concise and easy on the  ear EP ... 'After Eight'. The mini album collected together all 7 of Dave's UK Soul Chart hits to date. Dave also included a new jazzy soulful house cut taken from his 'ACID LOUNGE vol 3' album that had never before released on its own before. The track 'HOLD ON' featured sweet, pining vocals from Lady Roxanne.

Now as is  the modern way, that very tune is given the remix treatment. It's now available from Dave's website in a "NU JAZZ" mix. It features a different tempo, a new chord structure and fresh bass lines but retains the lovely Lady Roxanne vocal. Out now!

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2020 19:06

 

BEYOND OUR KEN!

Thursday, 09 January 2020 19:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOne of the undoubted highlights of last year's DISCO SOUL GOLD compilation was KENNY THOMAS'S 'Back On Broadway'. A groove-laden modern soul delight, it was played over and over again by the top club spinners and radio jocks. Now in response to demand the cut has had a new makeover courtesy of Nigel Lowis..... his "2020 Disco" mix is already selling well and is sure to scale the soul charts in the same style as the original tweak. Lowis was behind that original too and his passion for and knowledge of all things proper disco ensures that this new 'Back On Broadway' will remain popular through the winter and spring. It's out now but only available via the DSG website!

 

IT’S REAL!

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 20:10 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNiche soul label IZIPHO SOUL is all set for a landmark release – it's 40th 45! And the little, celebratory 7"disc features two classy sides from veteran soul man FREDERICK. Mr Millard (for that is his surname) has been on the scene since the 80s ... you may remember the Cleveland-born singer's quiet storm classic 'Gentle (Calling Your Name)'.

For this new Izipho 45 Frederick offers 'Real Love' (NO, not that one!). This is a lazy blend of modern soul with a smooth jazz undertow... listen up to the Jarreau style scatting. Little wonder that Stateside, Frederick is dubbed "The Renaissance Man of Soul and Jazz Music".

The B side of the single, by the way, is a Fredrick oldie – 'I Can't Help But Love You'... another slab of elegant modern soul.

The 45 has just been made available, but the release is limited to just 250 copies and you can learn more @ www.iziphosoul.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 20:22

 

IT’S DEE TIME....

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 20:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK muso GRAHAM DEE is a real veteran. Now in his seventies, he began his odyssey back in the 60s beat boom (he worked with Pink Floyd and Jimmy Page amongst others!) and despite some medical issues he's stayed working in music ever since. His most recent work has been in collaboration with Acid Jazz Records and that's the label for his latest offering - 'CARNABY STREET SOUL & WEST COAST VIBES' which is due for release 31st January 2020.

The Acid Jazz team see the 12 track album as a tribute to Dee's eccentric charm and his wide ranging, genre-defying music. The album includes a selection of previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions and demos of some of Dee's earlier work.

Soul fans will be drawn to the sprightly sixties dancer, 'A Love I Believe In' fronted by a singer simply credited as Maxine. There's also a tune called 'Soul Ride'. Not soul at all –rather a catchy 60s pop ditty from 60s stalwart Mike Berry. Very pleasant ... as is the harmony-packed 'Tomorrow's Children' from Brit session star and master of vocal harmonies, Tony Rivers. Mick's Bunch (no further details) offer a blue-eyed soul cut, 'I Just Wanna Be Your Friend', there's a huge samba groove on 'Sampaguita' while elsewhere expect all kinds of everything, making the LP never less than interesting especially for those who, like Graham Dee, like things a little different.

Graham Dee: Carnaby Street Soul & West Coast Vibes. Released 31st January on Acid Jazz

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 20:25

 

IT’S A NEW WORLD ORDER....

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 19:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNEW WORLD ORDER (or NWO) is a new(ish) soul band comprising Lenny Harris, Gilbert Pryor and Wondel Brown. The threesome came together via their mutual passion for artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown. Though given their name, they must have a love of Curtis Mayfield too... 'New World Order' is/was the title of the Gentle Genius' last album!

Right now NWO are working on an album, but they're heralding it with the single ... 'Essence'- a light and frothy soul romp that in places channels the classic EWF sound. It's a catchy and soulful little cut and we look forward to the album!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 20:26

 

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