Sunday, 26 August 2018 15:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altCLIVE NEWLANDS is a UK songwriter and instrumentalist who started his music career as a child –winning all kinds of prizes at all kinds of junior competitions for his piano expertise. In the 80s he "found" jazz and soul and learned trumpet and flugelhorn, honing his skills in jazz trios and funk bands.

Clive eventually found a niche writing jingles and promo tunes and in the 80s he met up with UK soul man Stuart Mather and they resolved to work together. Recently Clive came up with a catchy backing track and, hooking up with  Stuart again,  words were added and the result is the ear-worm, 'I Love It 2'. It's just been released as Clive Newland's debut single. It's not revolutionary or world changing... it's not intended to be. It's a simple and optimistic, feel good slice of UK modern soul and it's available to download right now.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:01



Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOn the back of her lovely 'Back To Life' album UK songstress SHAILA PROSPERE has teamed up with production team MS 1 – the brothers Mike 'DJ Blue' Harrison and George 'GEO' Harrison. The boys are working on a multi guest album due late September and the lead single features Ms P on an easy-on–the-ear soul groove, 'Rise'.

At the moment the cut comes in three mixes with the slightly lazier "lounge mix" edging it for us. All the mixes will be available to download from August 31st.



Sunday, 26 August 2018 14:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe lovely TAMIA is still getting plenty of mileage from her latest outing, 'Leave It Smokin''. The Salaam Remi produced soul groove impressed us all back in May and since then we've had a fab soulful house mix from DJ Spen. Not to be outdone, house don, Terry Hunter has now done his own tweak –a tad faster but still soulful enough to keep the soul crowd as happy as the house heads. Her full album, by the way, is due September.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2018 15:09



Friday, 24 August 2018 18:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year we highlighted a lovely modern soul set, 'Feelin' Some KInda Way'', from BRANDON WATTZ - a US soul man who, though born in Germany, works in and around L.A.

The LP's big tune was the ultra catchy, Howard Hewett-flavoured 'Save Some Love For Me'. The cut was rotated heavily by the best modern soul spinners and now they have the opportunity to get more miles from it via a new mix courtesy of Alexandre Montet under his "DjSoulbr" moniker. It's tighter, tougher and even more floor friendly.... worth checking!



Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'The Truth' is the latest album from Japanese soul singer, NAO YOSHIOKA. Ms Yoshioka describes herself as a "progressive soul-singer" and working in the States, she's convinced plenty of tastemakers that what the Americans can do, Nao can do just as well... if not better! Proof? Well, she was runner-up at the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo and has worked with people like Eric Roberson, Lalah Hathaway, Nathan East, Gordon Chambers, Candy Dulfer and Marcus Miller.

She debuted in 2012 with the single 'Make The Change' which was followed by the 2015 long player 'The Light'. Those records won Ms Y plenty of accolades and 'The Truth' (her third album) is set to maintain the momentum.

The 11 tracker (on which she worked with Emmy winner Khari Marteen .... CV includes work with The Roots and Jill Scott) certainly fits into the "progressive soul" category. With mostly electronic instrumentation, the soundscape and approach are both quirky and never less than intriguing. For instance the album "outro" doesn't come at the end. It's followed by two more tracks. Neo soul? Nu soul? call it what you will.... but there's plenty of "proper" modern soul here and though Ms Yoshioka's heritage and pedigree might not be that of the classic soul diva, that category fits her like a glove!

'The Truth' offers plenty to please all soul fans. Let's start with 'Beautiful Imperfections' - a tight and neat beater that modern soul DJs and their floor followers will delight in. If ballads are your thing, try 'Freedom And Sound' – quirky but lovely and 'I Love When' – sensuous and slinky. 'Spark' and the fresh James Poyser remix of 'Make The Change' are two more album highlights and sure, this isn't "classic" soul but think Minnie Riperton, Macy Gray and/or a young Jill Scott and you'll start to see where Nao's coming from.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:43


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