Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:19 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGIGI HAROLD is a London singer who prefers to use the simpler stage name, Gg. She debuted in February this year with the well-received EP, 'Who That Girl Is'. It was an eclectic three tracker with some pleasing horn work from veteran Kenny Wellington. Gg also enjoyed some success with the album '4am Angel' from which the single 'Hopscotch Heart' turned quite a few heads... a sort of lazy, insinuating soulful house kind of thing with a jazzy undertow.

Well Ms Harold has just released a new EP that offers a remix of 'Hopscotch Heart' alongside a mix of 'Daisy Chains' ... oddly entitled "long hot summer remix"... impeccable timing. There's also a retooling of another of Gg's earlier songs, 'When I'm Falling'.

All mixes come courtesy of Rod Layman and the Gg Remix EP is out now.



Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:15 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in September we announced that Scouse soul girl (yes, she's originally from Liverpool!) MARSHA AMBROSIUS was gearing up to release a new album ... her first for four years and light years away, it seems, from her time with Floetry.

The album announcement came with the single 'Luh Ya'. It was a complex but elegant neo soul groove with subtle harmonies... and if it floated your boat the 15 track album will take you on an extended cruise because there's plenty more of those carefully-crafted, multi-layered neo-soul sounds. And as is the way with neo-soul sets you get a couple of those short interludes; one of which is the album title track, 'Nyla'. Nyla is Marsha's daughter and the whole set is meant to be informed by the joys, the trials and the tribulations of motherhood.

Most of the music is downbeat (they only time it gets over the beat parapet is on the percussive 'I Got It Bad') but throughout, the vocals and harmonies are flawless. Song construction and delivery all reminded me of Michael Jackson... hardly surprising when we remember that Marsha was one of MJ's favourite writers – grab a listen to his 'Butterflies' to hear what I mean.

MARSHA AMBROSIUS' 'NYLA' is out now on E1 Entertainment.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:33



Monday, 05 November 2018 15:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSmokey Robinson's 'Since I Lost My Baby' is a real soul classic. Immortalised in the first instance by the Temptations, it's been covered countless times, most notably by Luther Vandross (worth checking too is a great 60s version by UK mod band, The Action).

Now the song has been resurrected by Canadian singer, CHERRILL RAE. Ms Rae has been in the business since the 70s when she won some success with a clutch of disco cuts but soul has always been her first musical love and she features plenty of soul sounds in her always in-demand live shows.

Cherrill is currently working on an album with Butch Ingram and 'Since I Lost My Baby' is the first single from the set. Butch and Cherrill treat the song with total respect. Why mess too much with a thing of beauty? Cherrill delivers the song with passion while the harmony trio,Tru, provide on point backing vocals and sweet harmonies.

Tru feature too on the single's putative B-side, a sweet, lounge ballad 'Where Are You Now?'

CHERRILL RAE; 'Since I Lost My Baby' / 'Where Are You Now?' will be released on 11th November

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 15:45



Monday, 05 November 2018 15:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAvid sleeve readers will know all about Aussie muso LANCE FERGUSON. He's a soul and funk multi tasker working here, there and everywhere but most notably with his own band The Bamboos and The Putbacks, Hiatus Kaiyote and Kylie Auldist.

Lance has just embarked on an ambitious project which he calls "the Rare Grove Spectrum". The idea is that Mr F will dig out some ultra rare and classic soul and funk tunes and re-record them giving them a 21st century Aussie twist and he's just released the first single which pairs 'Egg Roll' with 'The Dump'. Originally recorded by the M&S Band, the former is really hard to find while the latter was originally a minor hit for The Soul Vibrations. Ferguson gives them both a big brassy and funky treatment – cinematic in places.

Coming up are Rare Groove Spectrum versions of James Mason's 'Sweet Power, Your Embrace', Anderson Paak's 'Am I Wrong' and Pleasure's 'Joyous'.



Monday, 05 November 2018 15:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month we were delighted to have a new BRIAN POWER/HIL ST SOUL collaboration... 'Music'. The follow up to their successful collaboration 'A New Day (The World Is Mine)'

'Music' caught the attention of soul dancers everywhere and to satisfy demand, Mr Power has had the tune re-tooled, this time by the WIPE THE NEEDLE team (Lee Gomez and Mikael Nybom) The boys respect the integrity of the original but just up the Samba school groove – subtle but infectious.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 15:46


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