MF ROBOTS - new single 'Come On With The Good Thing' out next month

Friday, 17 March 2017 17:47 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

alt The second single by the hotly-tipped MF ROBOTs - formed last year by erstwhile Brand New Heavies' drummer/singer/songwriter JAN KINCAID with honey-voiced singer DAWN JOSEPH - is due to drop on April 14th. It's called 'Come On With The Good Thing' and is a superb, mid-tempo floor filler that's driven by a heavy but irrestible bass groove and percolating percussion lines. Channelling the retro spirit of Quincy Jones' productions circa Michael Jackson's 'Off The Wall' album, the track features super-soulful vocals from Dawn Joseph and an addictive harmonised anthem-like chorus.  

It's the follow-up to the duo's debut single, the more urgent 'The Night Is Calling,' released last month via the Kobalt imprint (see earlier news stories). Both tracks will appear on MF ROBOTS as yet untutled debut long player, due on September 22nd. 

MF ROBOTS are due to make their debut gig next month - Saturday April 29th - at CLF Art Cafe/The Bussey Building as part of ‘The Funk Soul & Rare Groove Review's' 4-year anniversary party.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 19:37



Friday, 17 March 2017 17:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNews is emerging that funk singer ROBERT "P-NUT" JOHNSON has died. Details are vague but it appears that Johnson, member of Bootsy's Rubber Band and later Parliament-Funkadelic, died sometime last weekend. He had been ill for some time and was on a ventilator in his final days. The news emerged via a posting on Bootsy Collin's Facebook page: "We lost another one to that other frequency".

Because of the complex nature of the whole Parliament/Funkadelic circus, it's hard to work out exactly where Johnson fitted in but for certain Johnson contributed to many classic releases. Stuff like 'Motor Booty Affair' and 'Gloryhallastoopid '. His unusual voice became one of the trademarks of the collective.

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Friday, 17 March 2017 16:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul labels come and soul labels go, but UK indie soul imprint DOME goes on and on.... in fact this year the ground-breaking label will celebrate its 25th anniversary!

To commemorate, label bosses (essentially husband and wife team Peter and Santosh Robinson) are putting out a wonderful 50 track compilation that highlights the label's considerable achievements.

The collection is simply called 'Dome 25 Years' and after March 17th it will be available via all digital outlets.

The 50-track collection is bookended by the label's first signing Lulu (with Bobby Womack) on 'I'm Back For More' (the Bob Jones mix) and Dome's most recent signing Simon Law (with Carol Wheeler) with "Morning Love". The two Soul II Soul alumni are in great form on this brand new cut

Among the many other artists featured are Beverley Knight, Hil St Soul, Dennis Taylor, Beverlei Brown, Incognito, Brenda Russell, Rahsaan Patterson, George Duke, Carleen Anderson, Don-E, Eric Roberson, Avery Sunshine, Anthony David, the James Taylor Quartet, Jarrod Lawson and Shaun Escoffery.

Says label founder Peter Robinson: "Little did I know back in 1992, after working for major labels in A&R during my early career, that it would be possible to survive as an independent specialising in soul music for a quarter of a century. I still can't quite believe it today. Of course, having had the good fortune to work with so many outstanding artists has had a lot to do with it. We have been blessed."

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Friday, 17 March 2017 14:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKENI STEVENS is a UK based soul singer best known for his 80s ballad album, 'Blue Moods' that sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone.

Keni had come to the UK as the son of a serving US serviceman but stayed on to work in the music biz. He was a member of Raw Energy before working for various labels as an A&R man. As an artist in his own right he released several singles before recording his 'Blue Moods' long player in 1987 for Jam Today Records. The set sold over a million throughout the world but after a couple more collections Keni sort of retired from the biz.

The good news is that Mr S is back and on March 29th (his birthday) he's releasing a brand new album... 'Out Of The Blue'. Released on Soul Chilli Records, the track that's getting all the pre-release attention from the knowing radio and club jocks is the quite lovely 'One Way Ticket To Love'. This year so far we've already enjoyed some excellent new soul sides and 'One Way Ticket To Love' is all set to join that "2017 Hall Of Fame".

A duet with daughter, Jess Stevens, the track reminds me a lot of Drizabone's 'Real Love', though in no way is it a copy. It just has that wonderful optimistic, up-beat, "put-a-smile-on-your-face" feeling. It's a great prelude to the full album.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 13:07



Friday, 17 March 2017 13:38 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altALESSANDRO BERTOZZI is an Italian soul, jazz and funk sax man who studied at the prestigious music school in Cremona (famous for its Stradivarius violins). He majored in making stringed instruments but the call of the jazz sax soon beckoned and by the mid 90s he was fronting his own band and in 1998 he debuted with 'Big City Dreamer'.

By the 2000s Alessandro was in New York working with people like Bob James and Hiram Bullock; then, back in his native Italy, he established himself as one of that country's premier saxophonists.

You can sample the sound of Alessandro BertozzI via his latest EP – a four tracker with the title 'Funky Party'. Key cut is the 80's flavoured, soul dancer 'Party Tonight' which features American rapper Joshua West aka Dr.West who offers his simple, organic rhymes over Bertozzi's sax riffing that in places has the flavour of prime time David Sanborn. The other three cuts 'Dirty Windshield', 'Go, Go...' and 'Periphery' offer more conventional smooth jazz/jazz funk flavours and whether it's intentional or not you can't help but hear again the influence of that man Sanborn maybe even AWB.

A download portal near you will allow investigation. The EP's released on Bertozzi's own Level 49 label.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 March 2017 13:42


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