Wednesday, 24 August 2011 06:50 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Nick_Ashford_picNick Ashford – one half of the famous husband-and-wife soul duo and songwriting team Ashford & Simpson – died on Monday 22nd August in hospital aged 70 after a long battle with throat cancer.

In the late '60s he and his spouse, Valerie Simpson, came to the attention of Motown – after writing the hit 'Let's Go Get Stoned' for Ray Charles – and became in-house songwriters for Berry Gordy's label. They initially rose to fame writing smash duets for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (among them the immortal 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' 'Your Precious Love,' 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing' and 'Glass Onion'). In 1970 Ashford & Simpson masterminded Diana Ross's first solo album after her exit from The Supremes.

After an aborted album recorded under their own name for Motown – it still remains in the can - Ashford & Simpson left to join Warner Bros in the early '70s where they wrote and produced a raft of albums before joining Capitol in 1982, where they experienced their biggest hit single, 'Solid.'


jerry-leiber-corbis-200-80Jerry Leiber died on the same day as Nick Ashford. He was 78. He was also one half of a famous twosome – legendary songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller. Together with his partner, Mike Stoller, Leiber wrote a string of hits in the late-'50s for Elvis Presley ('Hound Dog' and 'Jailhouse Rock'), The Coasters ('Yakety Yak,' 'Young Blood' and 'Poison Ivy') and Ben E King ('Stand By Me'). The duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.



Sunday, 21 August 2011 16:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

L._SingingLUCA DIMOON is an Italian soul singer who's currently working on his second full album, 'Telescope'. Born in Milan in 1982, LUCA'S father was a painter and jazz musician and his soul and jazz record collection had a huge impact on young LUCA. Aged 18 he moved to London where he learned piano, guitar, bass and trumpet and the early demos he made attracted attention from a number of labels.

He eventually relocated to New York where he cut his first album – 'On Different Moods' for the Groove Erotic label though at the same time he was working with other artists too – notably The HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR, the CONJECTURE JAZZ QUARTET and FUNKY MUTINY.

Now LUCA splits his time between New York, London and Milan and previews of his new long player – 'Telescope' - indicate a work of neo-soul maturity. Some critics have made comparison with MAXWELL, D'ANGELO and MUSIQ SOULCHILD and listening to the two currently available tunes few would argue.

First up there's a wonderfully atmospheric take on 'People Make The World Go Round'. The tune is usually given a smooth makeover, but here it's given an edgy, shifting, tense treatment that adds to the lyrics' message. Then there's the original song, 'Twilight'. This one's an underplayed ballad that any established nu/neo soulster would be proud of.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011 18:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

defloristics-300x300THE DELFLORISTICS provide the latest muse for COOL MILLION duo, ROB HARDT and FRANK RYLE and the flavours they've worked up for the new duo are a little different to their usual modern soul signature sounds. Using the soulful vocals of LAURA JACKSON, the boys have come up with a sizzling soulful house cut – 'Because Of You'. The beats are tight as tight and the hook's a real killer.

The tune currently exists in long and short versions and also an exquisite "Brazilian Wax" mix which has a just a hint of bossa nova and should please all discerning modern soulsters. All three versions of this potential late Summer anthem are available from all the usual download platforms.... and expect a full album on THE DELFLORISTICS in early 2012.



Tuesday, 16 August 2011 18:48 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

quanticQUANTIC ... WILL HOLLAND that is ... has been making music for ten years under a number of various guises and he's released a dozen albums. WILL has always been a record-obsessed crate digger and part of his passion is to find the roots of the music he loves. That passion has taken him all over the world but he currently resides in Cali, Colombia , working with musicians as diverse and vibrant as his own tastes.

His label – Tru Thoughts – is marking his ten years in the business with a double CD that offers what is loosely termed "his best". Label boss and compiler, ROBERT LUIS was initially daunted by the task but across 32 cuts he's confident that he's selected the music that most accurately portrays QUANTIC'S sonic odyssey.

The album covers almost all of QUANTIC'S incarnations and features material from most of his main collaborators – like ALICE RUSSELL and SPANKY WILSON. Hard-to-define, the music's diversity reflects the melting pot that was the sum of WILL'S influences.

THE BEST OF QUANTIC is released on TRU THOUGHTS on September 5th.... The album comes as a two CD set and in limited edition vinyl.



Wednesday, 10 August 2011 20:09 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

tavaresDespite being one of the best (and top-selling) groups of the 70s, the TAVARES brothers have been criminally mistreated by the reissue specialists... till now that is! DAVID NATHAN'S has just released two classic albums on the Massachusetts siblings.

First up there's their 1975 LP, 'In The City'. Originally released on Capitol and produced by DENNIS LAMBERT and BRIAN POTTER, it's a perfect summation of all that was good about the group. The set includes the hit 'It Only Takes A Minute' and some beautiful pop/soul ballads like 'The Love I Never Had' and 'In The Eyes Of Love'. The 12 track CD also includes two remixes of 'It Only Takes a Minute'.

1976's 'Sky High' is the second TAVARES album to get the reissue treatment. This one features the boys' defining 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel' and 'Don't Take Away The Music' (plus several remixes of both). There are also soulful versions of LUTHER INGRAMS and JOHNNY BAYLOR'S 'To The Other Man' and HOMER BANKS and CARL HAMPTONS' 'Wonderful'.

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