Monday, 09 March 2020 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Treasure Pearl' is the latest single from MS1 PROJECT, who, you may know, are two UK brothers ... MIKE HARRISON (aka DJ Blue) and session musician GEORGE HARRISON. The brothers have a penchant for the flavour of the old school and it shows on this crisp, modern soul outing.

The song, with vocals from DELI ROWE, originally appeared on the duo's 'Changes' long player but for the single, they've reworked the cut... higher bpms and new instrumentation giving the whole thing plenty of boogie appeal.

'Treasure Pearl'... the 2 Head Project Remix is out on H&S Records on March 16th.



Monday, 09 March 2020 18:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Say Less' is the first release from an upcoming collaboration album by YFS Music executive Nieman Johnson and the artist ERIC BELLINGER. The track is co-produced by Diesel (Future, Meek Mill) and Akeel (Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih) and from that you can guess that the sound is contemporary, cutting edge  R&B... it boasts plenty of atmospherics  and it's good to go from March 13th.



Sunday, 08 March 2020 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too many soul fans who don't have soft spot for the mighty SPINNERS. At Motown and (chiefly) Atlantic they crafted some of the very best group soul...ever!

Sadly time's winged chariot has taken its toll and though the "Spinners" still perform led by group co-founder and last surviving original member Henry Fambrough, new recordings are few and far between but the great news for fans is that 3 "new" Spinners tunes have just surfaced Stateside.

It seems that in 1991 the Spinners (with the almost classic line up of Bobby Smith, Henry Fambrough, Billy Henderson, Pervis Jackson and John Edwards) went into the studio with soul entrepreneur Preston Glass to cut some tracks that till now have never been released. Three of the cuts have just been issued on an EP - appropriately for 2020 – called 'Leap Year Extra' on Soul Music Records/Platinum Garage Recordings.

Focus cut is the danceable 'A Good Woman Is Hard To Find'. Stuffed with typical "Spinner-isms", it shows that there is no substitute for experience. 'Classic' is an electro mid-tempo item with John Edwards in fine lead vocal form while 'Put The Romance Back' is the big ballad harking back to the Thom Bell days.

Now we're not saying that these three tunes are up there with the Spinners very best... the instrumentation, for example, is a tad too synthesized but the vocals and the harmonies are impeccable and classic... and, c'mon, it's the Spinners! So good to have this music... even though it's almost 30 years too late!

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Sunday, 08 March 2020 19:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWADE C. LONG is an up and coming US smooth jazz keyboardist and vocalist from Cleveland, Ohio and his latest US single shows off both sides of those talents. The single pairs the instrumental 'Norm's Place' with the crisp vocal soul beater 'Bulljivin'.

Both tunes have been winning airplay on the best US smooth jazz stations and easy to hear why. There's a real classic George Duke feel to both tracks and indeed more than one US commentator has made the same comparison. The single is out now.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2020 19:38



Sunday, 08 March 2020 19:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBlues fans will know all about the MASCOT label group. It's a 100% independent record company that specializes in guitar-oriented music, specifically in the rock, metal, and, of course, the blues. The company has offices in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Cologne, Stockholm and Rotterdam (headquarters) and its imprints include Mascot Records, Provogue, Music Theories Recordings, Cool Green Recordings and The Players Club.

The group have just announced the launch of yet another imprint... THE FUNK GARAGE and we're told that Bootsy Collins will play a leading role in the new company. The label's first signing is Maceo Parker who will release his next full-length album via Funk Garage / Mascot Label Group later this year.


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