Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWorking out of Atlanta of Nigerian descent, FUNMILAYO NGOZI has made quite a name for herself on the neo-soul circuit with her quirky take on the genre. Modern soul fans will know her too for her work with Tom Glide.

Hear the lady's unique vocal quality on her latest single; a lithe, little tune that just about captures the moment right now... for, you see, the tune is called 'Summer'.

Produced by Chris Thompkins, it's a subtle blend of soft soul and smooth samba jazz and it prefaces the lady's upcoming EP.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:19



Wednesday, 04 July 2018 14:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altKRIS G (or Kristopher Dwayne Gilder, to give him the full works) is a new California soul man who, like many before, begun singing in the church. As a secular soulster, he's worked with people like Stevie Wonder, Howard Hewett, Brandy and Jon B and been a member of harmony groups As Yet and Energy.

Right now, though, young Kris is striking out on his own with a solo album, 'Crash And Burn'. The album's been produced by the wonderfully named Dr Spank and the main songwriter is Richard Pope who's long been a part of the Chi-Lites team.

Sadly there aren't too many songs here that are up to the Chi-Lites standard; the title cut is particularly predictable. That said Kris has a powerful and soulful voice –heard to best effect on the LP's best cut – the old school soul ballad 'Bedroom Door'. You can guess from the title what it's all about and if these lush lurve songs are your thing, a diligent web search will bring you to this one!



Monday, 02 July 2018 18:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOver the years writer/producer/arranger/facilitator JAMES DAY has won zillions of friends with his huge groove friendly brand of modern soul. Using the cream of session players and a raft of top soul singers, James consistently produces sounds that somehow always hit the soul spot!

Right now JD is working on an ambitious new project – an all dance, remix album that he's putting together with guitar maestro U-Nam. Working title is 'Groove Nights' .

The long player is being prefaced with a snappy, floor-friendly modern soul groove 'Can't Stop This Dance' . It's a summer weekender, feel-good sort of a jam with Tim Owens on lead vocals supported ably by Karen Bernod. Good 'ole U-Nam brings his own special smooth jazz undertow and it's all looking good for the album.

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Monday, 02 July 2018 18:40 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMIRACLE THOMAS hails from her Lynchburg, Virginia and she began singing aged just 3 in the local gospel choir! In her early teens, she relocated to Washington DC and began to write songs and perform in local talent shows. Her uncle is Carl Anderson and he was quick with advice for young Miracle notably to take care and beware of the pitfalls of the music biz.

Ms T took that to heart but shouldered on, releasing her first single in 1993. That was followed by a number of others that all saw local DC chart action. Since then Miracle has been tutored by Patti Labelle and worked with people like R Kelly, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Father MC, Regina Belle, The Manhattans, The Dells, II D Extreme, Eric Roberson, Kim Waters and the late Gerald Levert.

Right now Miracle is busy promoting her own new five track EP, 'Expect A Miracle'. Outstanding track is a lush, gorgeous emotional ballad, 'You Take My Breath Away' – a hint of Anita Baker about this one. The track though that is winning all the plays is the tight beater, 'Love Me'.... a very strong modern soul groove.

Focus cut seems to be the slow 'You Say You Apologize' which comes in two mixes but we'd rather recommend 'You Take My Breath Away' and if you prefer proper foot tappers do try, 'Love Me'




Monday, 02 July 2018 18:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in February we gave a huge thumbs up to an album by ERIC "DEBONAIR" McNEIR, 'This Could Be Love'. It was a proper old school soul treat and research revealed that Texan Eric is seen by many US commentators as a smooth, sophisticated, Luther Vandross sort of singer... "Debonair" if you would.

One of the LP's highlights, 'Pay Your Love Back' has just won a remix courtesy of Taylor Pace and Norman MouseQuake Barrett. Don't know anything 'bout them (save that Mr Pace is Eric's co-writer and producer) but they do a great job on an already great modern soul tune.... a proper groove for all your summer soul parties we'd suggest!


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