Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

knee_deepKNEE DEEP are Germany's top soulful house crew. Having met in Hamburg, BASTI DOHRING and TODDIE FREESE have worked with many big names (RAMUS FABER, KENNY BOBIEN, DAVID MORALES, JAMIROQUAI and RHIANNA amongst them) and gigged at the world's most prestigious venues. One of their recent big tunes is the infectious 'Mysterious' which features a fab vocal from SHENA. Now THE BROTHERS label have licensed the track and called in two top mixers to tweak it as their first salvo in a remix assault on KNEE DEEP'S back catalogue.

American top gun, BOBBY D'AMBROSIO is the first to get his hands on the song. He offers a couple of 8 minute plus epics and there's little to choose between the Vocal Club Mix and the Sunset Vocal Mix. Both feature tight, hard beats, sweeping Philly style strings and some sweet keys. Crucially though, BOB allows the beauty of the melody to stand. There are, of course, instrumentals available too... and here you can appreciate the swagger of those keys.

Switzerland's MICRO ESPOSITO also tackles 'Mysterious' and though his mix is more electro and sounds thinner – even sparse, the delights of the song itself remains and SHENA'S vocal sounds a tad more powerful.

The 'Mysterious' remixes are available now on TRAXSOURCE PROMO... with the full release on December 14th on THE BROTHERS label.



Friday, 02 December 2011 18:39 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lanuOne of this year's best albums on the underground alternative soul scene has been LANU'S 'Her 12 Faces'. Now LANU (aka LANCE FERGUSON of Aussie outfit, THE BAMBOOS) is set to release the LP's third single –the wistful, folksy 'Roosevelt Blues' which features the vocals of MEGAN WASHINGTON. The song is about the urban legends associated with the famous Roosevelt Hotel in LA and is set acoustically.

To match the mood of the song, LANU has also re-mixed four more of the albums songs acoustically. They are the two previous singles – 'Beautiful Trash' and 'Fall' along with 'Hold Me Down' and 'Wire'. All four feature Ms WASHINGTON and you can learn more at



Thursday, 01 December 2011 14:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

cowleyOver the past few years NEIL COWLEY had cemented his position as one of the UK's preeminent jazz pianists. .. and that situation will be further underscored with the release of his brand new album early in the New Year. 'The Face Of Mount Molehill' is set for release on 23rd January 2012 and the set marks a major change of direction for COWLEY and his trio. Since the release of his last set, 2010's 'Radio Silence', COWLEY has explored his fondness for grand , commanding sounds and orchestration and so the new album offers 12 original tracks featuring a string ensemble and the guitar of LEO ABRAHAMS (known for his BRIAN ENO collaborations) 

The NEIL COWLEY TRIO are also known for their remarkable and engaging live performances, which always maintain a quirky sense of humour at their core. On 15 March 2012, the trio will perform with a specially selected ensemble of string players, THE MOUNT MOLEHILL STRINGS, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London's South Bank, ahead of further UK dates, listed below

On Tour 2012

15th March London Queen Elizabeth Hall

21st March Cardiff Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

22nd March Liverpool Capstone Theatre

23rd March Gateshead The Sage Gateshead, nr. Newcastle

24th March Leeds Leeds College of Music

13th April Birmingham CBSO Centre

14th April Southampton Turner Sims Concert Hall

26th April Bristol St Georges Hall

For more details go to –

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 15:33



Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

martha-reevesMotown soul legend MARTHA REEVES will be playing a five night stint at London's Ronnie Scott's Club in January. The Frith Street venue will host Ms REEVES and her VANDELLAS between Monday 23rd January and Friday 27th January. The singer, who this year will be celebrating her 70th birthday, has promised to perform all her hits, though, as ever, audiences can expect a few surprises too.

Earlier this year MARTHA was awarded a prestigious Mojo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. On collecting her award, she burst into an impromptu version of 'Jimmy Mack', before telling the audience: "Music keeps me young. I love it."

Tickets for the shows are priced from £30.00 - £50.00 and you can find out more from the club itself - .... Or phone 020 7439 0747



Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:29 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

fDeluxe_sitting_picUK soul and funk fans have the opportunity to see and hear fDeluxe – the band formerly known as The Family – at London's prestigious Jazz Café on Thursday January 19th. It is the band's only tour date in England and they will be showcasing material from their new album 'Gaslight' as well as songs from their classic first album which was released on Prince's Paisley Park imprint in 1985.



Read SJF's review of 'Gaslight' here:

Read SJF's interview with the band's Susannah Melvoin here:


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