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LA LINEA 2020 - First Headliners Announced!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:27 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

          altLondon's highly-regarded Latin Music Festival, LA LINEA, celebrates its 20th anniversary next year when it returns on April 15th. It will run until May 4th with a plethora of exciting concerts at different venues across the capital.

One of its most keenly-anticipated events is the UK debut appearance of legendary Mexican drummer, Tino Contreras, whose 1978 cult jazz-meets-psychedelia album, 'Musica Infinita' is set for release early next year on Gilles Peterson's new Arc label. The 95-year-old percussionist has shared stages with some of jazz's most legendary figures, including Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and Dave Brubeck.

Brazilian chanteuse Bebel Gilberto - daughter of the late Joao Gilberto - is another big name on La Linea's 2020 lineup. Other participants  include Mexican composer Javier Weyler,  who will showcase his stunning score for the Netflix movie, ‘Maradona in Mexico’; rising Argentine trio Fémina; Melingo, a Buenos Aires-based multi-instrumentalist and singer;  experimental folktronica artist Juana Molina; Lisbon-based singer Sara Correia, will be making her UK debut, and is one of two specialist fado acts contributing to the festival - the other is a groundbreaking duo comprising singer, Lina, and Spanish producer, Raül Refree, who combine the traditional fado style with cutting-edge electronica.

Says La Linea's Festival Director Andy Wood:  “La Linea always seeks to present the bold and the new in Latin music to audiences in London. This year we are celebrating twenty years by introducing both brand new artists and new work from some old friends of the festival.”  

Information and tickets for all shows www.lalineafestival.com

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:50

 

GOIN’ STATESIDE...

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUK soul collectors will know all about legendary label STATESIDE. The label was established way back in 1962 when record major, EMI established it to release licensed American recordings to the UK and European market. Stateside was EMI's response to Pye's Pye International label and the ultra successful London American which Decca had set up to issue American product in the UK.

First big hit on Stateside was in 1962 with 'Palisades Park' by Freddy Cannon, but the aforementioned collectors will know that the label issued loads and loads of rare soul; indeed for a time Stateside was the official outlet for Motown material (following on from Fontana and Oriole). If you have any Motown/Stateside 7" records you're sitting on some hugely collectable vinyl!

Stateside eventually was closed down (Motown got its own imprint) only to be revived for a brief period in the 1980s as a reissue label and then again in the late 90's when it specialized in issuing vintage compilation albums like 'Talcum Soul' as well as single artist releases by the likes of Tina Turner, Bobby Womack, David Axelrod, Cannonball Adderley, Minnie Riperton and more.

Now, once again Stateside is being resurrected with the release of two 7" vinyl singles that bring together four vintage, collectable  classic, soul sides. First up there's disc one ... The Invitations' 'What's Wrong With Me Baby' coupled with Lainie Hill's 'Time Marches On'. Disc two pairs Chuck Wood's 'Seven Days Too Long' with The Casualeers' 'Dance, Dance, Dance' – two 24 carat aural definitions of Northern soul... with the emphasis on soul.... if ever there was!

Both singles will be released on 29 November ... and when they're gone....!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:41

 

IN THE MIX...

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 19:26 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was only October that we enjoyed a 5 track EP... 'Soul Nostalgia 2' from BEY BRIGHT. The focus track was the crisp little beater 'Put Me On' which has just been given a makeover with a new mix where the mixer has plundered the bass line form the solo Curtis Mayfield songbook... nothing wrong with that!

Bey Bright - "Put Me On" Remix via Bright Vision Entertainment -Out Now

 

... AND THE MIXES GO ON!

Monday, 25 November 2019 19:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon based soulstress Deborah Bell is having a great year and her latest outing - 'Stop Getting In Your Own Way' - continues to charm. We've enjoyed the original version, a "Phat" mix and "1 life 2 live" and now they're joined by an "Everlasting Love" mix that comes courtesy of Deb's mentor Georgie B. This new tweak unashamedly uses the Whispers' 'And The Beat Goes On' as its driving chassis. A real double whammy... the familiar Whispers sound and Debbie's vocal and verve.... bound, therefore, to be a Yule floor filler and a Christmas chart rider!

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2019 19:18

 

SEASONAL SOUL...

Monday, 25 November 2019 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon born, Australian based soul and jazz producer JAZZYD (there is no gap in his name) has impressed this year with some tasty singles and he returns this week with a lovely, tear jerker 'Season's Change'. We're told that the theme is a Thanksgiving Day break up. Now, we don't "do" Thanksgiving over here (forget Black Friday!), but that doesn't stop this tune being relevant. It's sweet and soulful with a great femme vocal (sadly anonymous on our copy) and, living up to that "JazzyD" name, a jazzy sax break from who we're told is a "Mystery Composer and saxophonist". The intrigue takes nothing from this lovely track.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2019 19:17

 

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