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LOVE POLITICS AND WAR!

Friday, 09 June 2017 11:02 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Love Politics War' is the sweeping title of the upcoming album from award winning sax player YOLANDA BROWN. The 15 tracker features guest input from Snarky Puppy's Bill Laurance, the Floacist, classical percussionist Evelyn Glennie and vocalists Phebe Edwards and Raheem Devaughn.

Devaughn fronts two jaunty Caribbean grooves, 'Prosper' and 'This Kind Of Love' and indeed they represent the album's chief soundscape. Yolanda calls it "Posh Reggae" which she defines as an eclectic mix of "jazz, soul and reggae" –the best sonic definition is the album opener, 'Million Dollar Love' – lazy, lovely and laid back. That though doesn't mean that there's no message in the music.

Ms Brown says: "I wanted to create an album that reflected the current state of the world with its political tensions and its numerous uprisings and protests – the underlying message, though, is that love conquers all".

Most hard-hitting cuts are 'Love At War' with rhymes from the Floacist, 'No More War' fronted by Phebe Edwards and 'General Politricks' where the punning title says it all!

YOLANDA BROWN'S 'Love Politics War' is released on Absolute Records on 16th June

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 11:10

 

HERE COMES THE NIGHT!

Friday, 09 June 2017 10:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'NIGHT COMES DOWN' is RPM's latest collection of UK 60s rarities and exotica – sounds long neglected by the mainstream but revered by collectors, nostalgia freaks and mods – old and new!

The set offers 87 tracks across 3 CDs and there are plenty of soul and blues covers and other assorted tunes that were beloved by 60s mods and those who found modernism a tad later.

The collection begins with a real timepiece... 1962's 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean' from Lita Rosa. Ms Rosa was a Liverpool hit maker long before the Beatles; her biggest hit was the kiddies' favourite 'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window' but here she injects power and home grown soul into the Ruth Brown tune. The set's final offering is 'The Meaning Of Love' from soft rock outfit, Putney Bridge. Released in 1970, it's a million miles away from the Lita Rosa track and therein lies the appeal of this album. The 87 tracks offer a sonic journey through the underground sounds of Britain in the 60s.

Between Lita Rosa and Putney Bridge you can enjoy cuts from people like Laurel Aitken, Alexis Korner, James Royal, the Moody Blues, Chad and Jeremy, The Mike Cotton Sound, Mike Patto and the Spencer Davis Group – the Stevie Winwood-less line up. There's even a tune from supermodel, Twiggy and an off the wall version of 'Yeh Yeh' from the Mark Wirtz Orchestra alongside a pounding cover of Willie Mitchell's 'That Driving Beat' from a Hatfield band, Favourite Sons. There's even a brave cover of a Dells' song; it's 'There Is' from West Indian band The Shadrocks.

'NIGHT COMES DOWN' is out now on RPM and comes highly recommended for collectors of all things 60s.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 11:35

 

KEEP IT FUNKY!

Friday, 09 June 2017 10:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe wonderfully-named SKIP THE FUNKTOLOGIST fronts a fab, funk radio show called A Funk Above The Rest from his Denver, Colorado base via the Sparx Radio Network. The team have just released an album based on the show's programming. 'Home Of The International Funk Out!' showcase's the influence Funk music has had on the worldwide music scene.

Skip says: "The music connects the past with the present and the present with the future. Since its inception during the mid-60's from Soul Brother #1 James Brown, and right up to current superstar Bruno Mars, this genre of music is still relevant today even though mainstream media has minimized its exposure to public platforms. Many artists from around the world continue to write, record, perform, and produce their own versions of Funk. With this project, we set out to share some of these evidences with you."

Serious Funkateers are advised to investigate and you can find out more @ www.seriousmusicgroup.com

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 11:10

 

RED HOT IN MEMPHIS...

Thursday, 08 June 2017 19:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe city of Memphis holds a unique place in the history of popular music and one the city's iconic labels – SUN – is rightly regarded as one of the most important and influential imprints. Sun Records was the baby of Sam Philips who opened the legendary Memphis Recording Service in 1950. In 1959 he moved into new premises and grandly renamed his operation Sam Philips Recording Service. Recordings issued on Sun and/or recorded by Philips are amongst the most iconic in the canon of popular music in the second half of the 20th century – recordings that featured legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Howlin' Wolf, BB King and Junior, Parker.

To celebrate the achievements of Philips and Sun, the Americana Music Society have just released a concise 10 tracker – 'RED HOT... A MEMPHIS CELEBRATION OF SUN RECORDS'. All the musicm on the album was recorded in Philips' garlanded studios and production's down to Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars. He's called in a whole team of Memphis musicians to help him deliver his tribute – amongst them John Paul Keith, Bryan Hayes, Bobby Rush and Alvin Youngblood Hart who delivers a full on rendition of Johnny Cash's 'Folsom Prison Blues'. Other highlights include Luther Dickinson's take on Howlin' Wolf's 'Moanin' At Midnight' and Valerie June's version of Carl Perkins' 'Sure To Fall' which Beatles' fans will tell you was a mainstay of the Fabs' early stage shows.

Sam Philips' mission statement with Sun was "to sell hope to people who have none" and in keeping with that spirit, all proceeds from 'RED HOT... A MEMPHIS CELEBRATION OF SUN RECORDS' will go St Jude Children's Research Hospital that leads the way in America in treating childhood cancer.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 11:09

 

KISSIN KOSINS!

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDetroit has ever been a musical hot bed and the latest hot talent from the Motor City is the lauded Kathy Kosins. Ms KK is working up the release of her album 'Uncovered Soul' - due in September. Already we're hearing great things about the Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter, Ed Motta) produced long player... most of all the soul world is sitting up and taking notice of the lead single, 'Could You Be Me' which features Paul Randolph (see recent news item).

The Opolopo mix of the tune is currently winning the plaudits while Gilles Petersen has licensed it for his upcoming 'Brownwood Bubblers' compilation. Proper grown up soul music!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:41

 

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