Sunday, 04 March 2018 19:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe sixth edition of TRAMP RECORDS ongoing 'PRAISE POEMS' series wins release on April 6th. The new 16 tracker stays true to the ethos of the first five volumes... that's to say the menu offers a selection of off the wall, rare soul, soul-folk and jazz from some on the genres' great unknowns. Indeed we're told that none of the included music has ever been featured on any previous compilation... anywhere!

Highlights? Well there are plenty. Most immediate grabber is a Rotary Connection flavoured cover of Stephen Stills/Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth' from Cesar's Children while fans of Oscar Brown Jr will be delighted by Frederico Cervantes' 'Bethca Never Knew' – one of the best tunes the Chicago jazz legend never recorded!

'Laughing In The Sun' from Elrige Anselmi is classic West Coast harmony/blue-eyed soul; Ted Ritche and Friends' 'Soda Creek Ferry' offer something similar with an added Joni Mitchell twist; Orange Lake Drive's 'Rare Thing' is the LP's romantic moment; and jazzers will delight in the brassy/bassy 'For All The Good Times' from Rama Dyushambee. Yep, something for everybody with eclectic tastes. To put this into context; if you like Expansion Records 'Ethereal Magic' series.... you'll love this.

PRAISE POEMS 6 is released on April 6th on Tramp Records – who, by the way, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! Praise due!



Thursday, 01 March 2018 20:07 Bill b E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Billionaire' is the latest single from LISA STANSFIELD. It's taken from her upcoming 'Deeper' long player that, we're told, is set for April release. Like the first single, 'Everything', 'Billionaire' has a distinct edgy, electro sound but the cut, at least in the album version, boasts a gorgeous melodic hook in the repeated chorus of the single word title.

As is the way these days, though, you can bet there are plenty of remixes – well three at least. First up there's the Ashley Howe radio edit, that's more a re-configuration than a simple edit. It's aimed for Radio 2, that much is apparent (my money's on Ken Bruce's "Record Of The Week"), but why loose that lovely hook for a dash of lightweight drama?

The soul crowd will find more to enjoy in the two Rob Hardt mixes. On The "Back In Time" mix the Cool Million/Sed Soul man slows things right down for a classic Stansfield ballad sound. The simply titled "Rob Hardt" mix is the one for the dancers... though not the energetic type. This offers sedate, sophisticated beats and is a great groove for the bus pass brigade!

Buy the way, Lisa's on top form vocally and we're really looking forward to the album and the promotional tour!

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2018 20:24



Thursday, 01 March 2018 20:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAZZY D is a London born, Australian based soulful jazz producer who picked up plenty of support with the single 'Wonder'. That was followed by the lazy, modern soul groove 'Every Side Of You'.

The official follow-up to that wins release on March 3rd and sees Mr D take a slight change of direction. The new track, 'Sweet Light' ploughs a jazzier groove with a sensual horn riff weaving its way around the vocal which this time comes courtesy of Amber Sweeney.

Mr D says: "Sweet Light is more jazz-influenced than my last release and comes with a different kind of energy. The soul is still there, but this is a song to get people moving. Working with the powerhouse vocals of Amber Sweeney was an honour and pure pleasure."

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2018 20:13



Thursday, 01 March 2018 08:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

  altSet to take place on International Jazz Day on Monday April 30th at Shoreditch Town Hall in London, this year's Jazz FM awards will be honouring newcomers, innovators, and established practitioners of the jazz idiom.  

Double Grammy winner, US singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, is due to perform at the ceremony, and is also a nominee in the category of International Jazz Artist of the Year, alongside Thundercat and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Elsewhere, British acts are well represented and include Shabaka Hutchings, Jacob Collier, Yazz Ahmed, Jordan Rakei, Evan Parker, Rob Luft, and Zara McFarlane.

Also up for a gong are Esperanza Spalding, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', and soul veteran Leroy Hutson...

The full list of nominees are...

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:44



Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:35 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Lost In Right Now' is the new single from Minneapolis trio SKYDOLL (MacGregor Teigen, Brandon Dalida and Paul Ryan). The team say their influences are diverse – Prince (of course), but also people like Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers.

In 2017 they launched their own Skydoll Records with the Timotha Lanae vocalised 'Feel You' and Ms L is as the mic for the new tune.

'Lost In Right Now' is an ethereal, electro groove with a soul undertow that gives it a particular charm and it wins release on Skydoll Records on March 30th.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:41


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