Thursday, 20 April 2017 08:01 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


Putney's world-famous SOUL BROTHER RECORDS has some exciting in-store events this coming Saturday, April 22nd, which as most serious music fans will know is Record Store Day. GEORGIE B from GROOVE ASSOCIATION  will be visiting the store at 2pm and noted  UK singer, KENI STEVENS, will drop in for a signing session an hour later at 3pm.

SOUL  BROTHER has also reissued two limited edition vinyl releases to mark the occasion - SUSAN PHILLIPS' ultra rare and obscure 'Soft Sexy Soul' from 1971, and a HEADHUNTERS' 45 whose A-side is the seminal 1975 track, 'God Made Me Funky.'

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDOME RECORDS continue their soul odyssey with the release this week of 'SOUL LOUNGE 13' (yep, that's right, 13!). The collection is a 40 track 3 CD release and comes at a budget price, so for modest outlay you can enjoy classy soul from people like Shaun Escoffery, Tony Momrelle, Simon Law featuring Caron Wheeler, Jarrod Lawson, Avery Sunshine, Incognito, Beverley Knight and Down To The Bone.

Amongst the highlights are two ab fab live recordings. First up there's Shaun Escoffery's spine tingling version of 'A House Is Not A Home', recorded at a Royal Festival Hall Burt Bacharach tribute concert; then there's the equally excellent Jarrod Lawson rendition of Lauryn Hill's 'Ex Factor' which was recorded for Trevor Nelson's BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge. If you're not moved by both these cuts, you ain't got soul!




Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUMC continue their series of highly desirable, limited edition 7" Motown box sets with the release of Volume 4, a lovely package that offers 14 classic and in-demand tracks from the Motown vaults.

Complied (as ever) by Richard Searling, the artists featured include David Ruffin, The Spinners, The Contours, Bobby Taylor, Thelma Houston, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Shorty Long and Marvin Gaye who offers his fab version of the Spinners' 'Sweet Thing'.

As with previous releases, Volume 4 includes a selection of singles, which have never before been released on 7" vinyl; these include Brenda Holloway's 'Can't Hold The Feelin' Back', which see its first ever issue as a physical release.

The box set also offers the facility to download the music and we'll bring a full review just as soon as we have our copy.



Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the last month or so, ED THE RED'S 'I Appreciate You' has been a big tuen! No wonder... great soulful vocal from Ania, tough soul beats that melded soul, funk and disco with just a sprinkling of Chic!

Ed, though, is a soulful house man at heart, so no surprise then to learn that he's just released the song in three new house mixes on his own Bottom Line Label. We think the best bet for the soul crowd is the Big Dre Funk mix but a diligent web search (try Traxsource) will let you decide for yourself!



Monday, 17 April 2017 13:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS media has recently reported on the deaths of a number of soul luminaries. First, we've learned of the passing of Motown producer and songwriter, SYLVIA MOY. Sylvia was 78 and died on Saturday 15th April of complications from pneumonia, following a stay in Detroit's Harper University Hospital.

Born in Detroit on 1938, Sylvia studied jazz and classical music before becoming Motown's first female producer and songwriter. Amongst the songs she worked on were 'This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)', 'Uptight (Everything's Alright)', 'My Cherie Amour', 'I Was Made to Love Her', 'Never Had a Dream Come True', 'Angie Girl', 'Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day', 'Forget Me Not', 'My Baby Loves Me' and 'It Takes Two'. Motown myth also suggests that it was Sylvia who persuaded Berry Gordy to re-sign Stevie Wonder (with whom she'd worked closely) after his voice had broken and Gordy was thinking of letting him go!

Sylvia was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

altThough details are sketchy, it's also being reported that New Jersey musician, SCOTTY MILLER has died. Scotty was co-founder of INSTANT FUNK, best known for their dance anthem 'I Got My Mind Made Up.' Scotty founded the band (originally called Music Machine) with his brother Kim and Raymond Earl and they were eventually discovered by Bunny Sigler who helped them score a deal with Norman Harris' Gold Mind label for whom they recorded 'I Got My Mind Made Up.' When Gold Mind folded, the record was re-released on Salsoul and became a huge hit. Instant Funk went on to work with people like The Manhattans, Lou Rawls, The O'Jays, Evelyn Champagne King and their mentor, Bunny Sigler.

altThe death of actress and gospel singer LINDA HOPKINS (aged 92) has also been confirmed. Born Melinda Helen Matthews in New Orleans, Linda was the daughter of a gospel minister and her talents were discovered and promoted by Mahalia Jackson who encouraged her to join the Southern Harp Spiritual Singers. In the 50s Linda "discovered" secular music and, encouraged by Johnny Otis, she adopted her stage name Linda Hopkins. She went on to record and perform jazz and blues and she also acted in numerous Broadway musicals and shows. Her only hit single was a duet with Jackie Wilson, 'Shake A Hand'.

In 1977 Linda performed at President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inaugural ball and in October 2005, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her acting achievements.

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