Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOnce dubbed 'Miami's best kept secret', MARCIA MITCHELL won the affections of the UK soul crowd way back in 2014 with her lazy, jazzy 'For Love' – one of the highlights on Expansion's Luxury Soul 2014 album. That was followed by a dramatic ballad 'Give Me A Chance To Love You' and we were promised a full album but for whatever reason that seems to have passed us by.

The good news though is that Ms Mitchell has just released a new single – an uplifting mover, 'I Just Wanna Dance'... and that title kinda says it al. Yep that's the message – get on up!

Naturally the cut comes in various lengths and sizes, some with and some without organic rap from Frankie Toma. Recommended.

MARCIA MITCHELL'S 'I Just Wanna Dance' is out now on Celerity Records,

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:55



Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:39 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBrit band MAMAS GUN are currently very busy promoting their fine album, 'Golden Days'. (See our reviews archive)..... But next Friday (May 18th) they'll be releasing a new single from the set.

The chosen tune is 'On The Wire' – a broody, moody Southern soul flavoured builder that highlights the distinctive falsetto of band's main man Andy Platts as he duels with some biting Ernie Isley style guitar.

Andy says of the song: "The lyrics to 'On The Wire' were written in the haze of media misinformation and heated debate in the weeks leading up to the so called 'Brexit' vote. It was a rally cry for people to think carefully, to make their decision rationally and not on the throw of some emotionally loaded dice fuelled by a misguided sense of patriotism."

Go to our interview archive to learn more about Mamas Gun.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:56



Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest release from the Quantize team proves the old adage that you just can't keep a good tune down! 'I Need Your Lovin'' was always one of dear Teena Marie's best recordings and now DJ Spen has resurrected it in respectful tribute. This time though he's using the moniker SPENCER MORALES, 'cos the rework s a team effort between Spen and John Morales..... So, "Spencer Morales"... geddit?

Mr. Morales is no stranger to the tune. Some years back Motown invited him to remix it for one of their remix collections but here he gives the old warhorse a totally contemporary vibe though retaining plenty of the old magic.

Fronting the cut is feisty, big-voiced diva, Tasha Larae and she really does give her all.

You probably don't need me to tell you that the tune comes in a veritable plethora of mixes.... I counted seven. So as the man says... you pays your money etc. Call us old fashioned if you like but right now we're opting for the original vocal mix which will take you right back to those great weekender days. The "Thommy Strings of Love Mix" is interesting too.... but anything with strings these days is always worth checking!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:18



Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:12 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCHUBBY TAVARES' stab at a solo career goes from strength to strength as his latest single picks up momentum and plenty of radio plays.

For the single Mr T has selected one of his favourite songs – 'Smile' (best known, of course, in the Nat King Cole recording though Gregory Porter also featured it on his last album.) Chubby tells us that the Charlie Chaplin-penned 'Smile' was one of his mother's favourite songs (Michael Jackson also nominated it as his favourite) and he adds that he's honoured to offer his version which has been produced by Preston Glass and Nigel Lowis.

Chubby and team create a charming and sweet new reading; the beginning is subtle and stately before Glass and Lowis craft a gentle steppers vibe over which Chubby floats his vocal. There are two versions available – one with and one without a spoken middle section.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:19



Sunday, 06 May 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAYAR MACK is a Chicago soul man who now works out of Florida. His lengthy CV boasts work with people like Billy Paul, The Ebonys, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Patti LaBelle, Jon Secada, Stanley Clarke and George Benson. Multi instrumentalist Jaymar also has something like 1200 published songs to his credit.

Right now he's putting together all his bets bits onto an album –'The Best Of Jayar Mack' and from it he's just released one of his best known songs.... 'You Make Me Feel So Good'. It's a fab little modern soul beater with plenty of optimism – a real feel good vibe. The tune also comes in a new mix which incorporates everything that made New Jack Swing so damn irresistible

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2018 12:59


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