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TASHAN SURVIVES ... AND A NEW LABEL

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 14:08 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TASHAN SURVIVES ... AND A NEW LABEL

80s soul hero TASHAN has always been a favourite in the UK and now the Chasin' A Dream man returns to the musical fray with a brand new UK-based label… 3.1 Records. The label is based down in deepest Croydon and a label spokesperson says that 3.1's mission statement is to release only quality music from artists with pedigree and longevity ... we believe there is a massive market amongst the 20 - 50 demographic for quality, soulful music ... and the first release - TASHAN'S 'Soul Survivor' is about to prove him right. The cut is a sweet yet passionate groove that recalls the magic of 'What's Going On' and vocally TASHAN is on top form, brimming with the old school soulful delivery that initially made him a star. The track is currently available from all the usual download stores and for more information go to www.3point1records.com

 

RODINA ... AND THE SUN

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 05:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RODINA ... AND THE SUN

Though born in Ireland, music debutante RODINA lives and works in Leeds where she is a busy part of that city's lively music scene… indeed some have made comparison between her and the Yorkshire city's very own CORINNE BAILEY RAE. Anyway, you can now make up your own minds about that via the lady's first release - an enigmatic two tracker - 'Always Had a Dream' and 'Over The Sun'. Both do have a trace of Ms RAE in their coolness but others might detect a hint of AMY WINEHOUSE or indeed any of the new wave of UK retro soul wannabees. The sound similarity might come from the use of the famed and ubiquitous HAGGIS HORNS. But listen hard and you'll hear a more ethereal quality to RODINA'S music and you can do that via the usual download outlets. The lady's full album 'Over The Sun' will be released later in the year.


 

LOV' N IT'S APPETIZER

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 05:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LOV' N IT'S APPETIZER

New UK-based label Funkin' Jazz has just released its first single - a fine, energized soulful dance number called 'Appetizing' from four piece outfit LOV' N IT. JASON HALLIDAY plays keys and is producer while WINSTON WARD handles the up-tempo vocal with aplomb. The band's two other members are bass and guitar player ADRIAN OLDFIELD and RIVANE PETERS who'll be handling some of the vocals on the upcoming album, 'Retro Vibes'. The Funkin' Jazz label aims to capture and nurture new talent in the Jazz-funk field and with LOV' N IT they're off to a great start. The track is currently available from al the usual download stores.

 

RON BANKS DIES

Friday, 05 March 2010 12:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

RON BANKS DIES

American news agencies have today confirmed the news that RON BANKS of the DRAMATICS has died. They confirmed that the Detroit based vocalist died from a heart attack but there are conflicting reports as to whether he died at home or in Detroit's Sinai- Grace Hospital. Equally his age is given variously as 58 and 59.
The DRAMATICS morphed out of BANKS' first real group, THE DYNAMICS, and they made their first recordings for the Wingate and Sports labels, but it wasn't till 1971 that they saw any real success with the ever-wonderful 'Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get'. The following year the band hit the top spot with the much-sampled 'In The Rain'. In the way of other vocal groups THE DRAMATICS underwent numerous personnel changes and success was sporadic depending on the vagaries of musical fashion, but with just a short break in the 80s the group, with BANKS, continued to perform and record. Group soul connoisseurs cherish THE DRAMATICS' work and songs like 'Hey You Get Off My Mountain', 'Fell For You' and 'Toast To The Fool' and their collaboration with THE DELLS, 'Love Is Missing From Our Loves' will forever remain classics of the genre.
RON BANKS is survived by his wife SANDY, four daughters and two sons.


 

BIG BARRY'S BIG BOX

Thursday, 04 March 2010 14:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BIG BARRY'S BIG BOX

Surprisingly, since his death in 2003 there's not been too many decent retrospectives or compilations on BARRY WHITE. That is now set to change with the release of a lavish five disc presentation set on the big man. Simply titled 'BARRY WHITE UNLIMITED' the collection is a must - not just for WHITE fans but for all soul collectors, since it brings together all kinds of rarities and even the few who never quite took BAZZ too seriously might well be forced to change their opinions. The first two CDs in the set are devoted to BARRY'S own work. The first features alternative versions of most of his biggest tunes like 'Let The Music Play', 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe' and, naturally, 'Never Never Gonna Give You Up' while the second disc offers a selection of rarities. The third CD is devoted to WHITE'S work with LOVE UNLIMITED and though maybe a touch kitsch the 14 tracker throws up some surprises like a disco version of 'Theme From King Kong'. Disc 4 has 16 cuts of material that BARRY produced on others like GENE PAGE , BLACK SATIN, TOM BROCK and GLORIA SCOTT and includes a previously unissued song on her - 'I've Got To Have All Of You'. The fifth disc is a DVD with 9 videos and a selection of bonus clips of the great man at work. The packaging is, as you'd expect from Universal, lavish and comprehensive and at the risk of repetition , the whole thing is a must have!

 

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