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INCOGNITO GO TRANSATLANTIC

Monday, 21 June 2010 11:45 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INCOGNITO GO TRANSATLANTIC

INCOGNITO - currently celebrating their 30th anniversary - are set to release a brand new album ... 'Transatlantic RPM' on the Shanachie label. The LP boasts an incredible guest line up. Featured artists include CHAKA KHAN, MAYSA, URSULA RUCKER, LEON WARE, MARIO BIONDI and AL MCKAY! BLUEY told www.soulandjazzandfunk.com "Being a teenager in 1970's London, you could not escape the music. It was all around you. There was a buzz in every record store. People searching through the crates to catch up on the latest offerings from across the pond. I'd be looking for the names… Harvey Mason, Steve Gadd, Ralph McDonald… I would fantasize about boarding a plane to the USA and strolling into the studio to lay down tracks with Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder & Leon Ware... In regards to this album, three out of four isn't bad for this island boy from Tottenham who several years earlier at the age of five on the beaches of Mauritius had decided that music would be his destiny!" Full review of the album here @ www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon......

 

SOUL ON CDS

Monday, 21 June 2010 11:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL ON CDS

Cambridge-based DJ, MICK O'DONNELL has recently teamed up with California-based label CDS Records to issue a lovely little 17 track compilation. 'Soul Discovery' (named for MICK'S radio shows) features17 modern soul cuts from artists like THE COBRA HEART BAND, ANDRE MARCUS, JASON LITTLE and the wonderfully named T. J. HOOKER-TAYLOR. Soul veterans will also be delighted to know that the album features a cut from the fabulous CONTROLLERS. 'Still In My Heart' is a superb, old school harmony ballad and is right up there with the group's very best. CDS Records also currently have albums out on FLOYD TAYLOR, CHUCK ROBERSON and WILL EASLEY. For more info go to www.CDSRECORDS.com

 

SOUL'S BACK NUMBERS

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 15:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL'S BACK NUMBERS

Universal Music Catalogue has just released a strong trio of soul reissues. First up - and first time ever on CD - is the MIRACLES' 1975 album 'City Of Angels'. The LP, of course, featured BILLY GRIFFIN as lead vocalist and was one of the first concept albums, telling the tale of two people searching for love and fame in Hollywood. 'Love Machine' was the album's big single, though 'Overture' and 'Nightlife' garnered massive club acclaim. The reissue comes with an authoritative essay from DAVID NATHAN and an instrumental version of 'Love Machine' is included as a bonus. Two bonus instrumentals too on the reissue of BARRY WHITE'S first proper solo set - 'I've Got so Much To Give'. Originally released in 1973, this was the album that started it all for the Walrus Of Love and it's been out of print for a long, long time. The third big Universal reissue is a collection of live tracks from KOOL AND THE GANG, out under the title 'At The BBC'. The 13 tracker includes all the band's top tunes including 'Hollywood Swinging', 'Ladies Night' and 'Joanna'.

 

SOUL ... EN FRANCAIS

Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL ... EN FRANCAIS

Groovy little French label SOULAB is one of soul's best kept secrets. Based down in Toul the set-up is dedicated to making new soul with total respect for the past. Not for them the slick pastiches so beloved of the UK modern soul crew; rather, the SOULAB people create brand new grooves that are at once innovative yet totally soulful. Right now they have a wonderful 13 tracker out on native New Yorker ALLEN HOIST. His 'Soul Renaissance' set typifies the label's feel and flavour. It has elements of house, Latin, and jazz... all wrapped in deep soul grooves. It's kinda like PEVEN EVERETT - only much more accessible and soulful. Check out a tremendous version of 'Inner City Blues' to understand. SOULAB also has an album on UPTOWN FUNK EMPIRE - 'The Empire Strikes Back'. The set is dance-friendly and features a whole team of great vocalists including ol' fave NOEL McKOY. If you want to get the feel of the SOULAB sound (and you should) then there's a great 13 track compilation - 'Soul's Back!' featuring music from all of the label's diverse roster. Full reviews on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon ... in the meantime for more info go to www.soulab.com

 

LAUREN EASES THE PAIN

Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LAUREN EASES THE PAIN

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, but based in London, LAUREN PRITCHARD has just released her second EP - 'Painkillers', a four tracker which is set to consolidate the reputation which her first set created. The title cut is self-penned, but was produced by EG WHITE and it has all the best features of ADELE'S 'Chasing Pavements' and DUFFY'S 'Warwick Avenue' - WHITE, of course, was involved in both. The original version of 'Painkillers' is ultra radio friendly; the 'Body Language Mix' is a touch chillier, while the 'Flotilla Remix' is a lot looser. All three, plus the country-soul ballad 'Try A Little Harder' show why PAUL WELLER was so impressed with LAUREN'S voice that the invited her to duet with him on a version of 'Howe Sweet It Is' for his Radio 2 In Concert Show. If you missed the broadcast, catch the cut as the B-side to WELLER'S new single. In the meantime LAUREN PRITCHARD'S 'Painkillers' EP is available via all the usual outlets.

 

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