Friday, 12 October 2012 12:42 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lizzieLIZZIE DEAN is a singer songwriter from the Midlands who studied singing and acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. From there she gravitated to London and soon became part of the capital's music scene, ditching her pure classical soprano style for a more emotional and soul-based approach. That approach led to session and backing vocals work for the likes of MICA PARS, JOOLS HOLLAND, FRED WESLEY, MACEO PARKER, SAM MOORE, CARLEEN ANDERSON, JOCELYN BROWN and (dare we say it?) SIR CLIFF RICHARD!

For the past few years she's also been working on her own music – writing and recording whenever the opportunity offered itself. Now she's assembled 8 cuts for her first album, 'Set Me Free' and it's a great collection that mixes soul, funk, blues and pop and showcases her powerful vocal approach.

Standout cut is the melodic, sweet ballad 'Sunday Morning Loving'. It has a feeling of classic LISA STANSFIELD and is as laid back as that title suggests. The raw funk of 'Magic Number' and 'Have A Party' show that LIZZIE can do-in-your face too while the closing 'Bring It On' proves that dear AMY WINHOUSE still exerts a considerable influences on new British artists.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

hot_8THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND are New Orleans' premier, contemporary marching band – always in demand for the most important second line parades. Record-wise they debuted in 2007 with the acclaimed 'Rock With The Hot 8' from which their roof-raising, jazz-infused, hip-hop-fired version of 'Sexual Healing' became an instant classic.

The band are set to release their second long player, 'The Life And Times Of ...' on Tru Thoughts  in November but to whet appetites they've just issued the first single from the album – the double A-sider, 'Ghost Town' and 'Let Me Do My Thing'.

The former is cover of THE SPECIALS' song and though it rides a joyous party lilt it retains the ominous presence of the original. It's a great jam. The 8 minutes long 'Let Me Do My Thing' sounds equally joyous but beneath the veneer there's a serious message as sometime band member TYRUS CHAPMAN relates the story of his past experiences with heroin. It's an epic, infectious track ... complete with raps from BIG AL HUNTLEY and SHAMARR ALLEN and all those wonderful marching band trappings.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

chimaSadly these days too many rappers are happy to conform to the stereotype. One who most certainly doesn't is the London-based CHIMA ANYA. You see, as far as I know, CHIMA is the only rap artist who has a parallel career as a doctor of medicine!

The Glasgow-raised CHIMA made his solo recording debut in 2010 with 'New Day', setting down his marker as a powerful newcomer. Since then, he's completed his studies at London's St Thomas' Hospital and is now a fully qualified GP. But soul, jazz and above all else hip-hop still exerts a powerful influence – hence his second album – 'The Doctor's Note'. On the 11 tracker Dr ANYA offers a surgery-load of opinions, observations and social comment – delivered in a laid-back almost jazzy manner that will recall the best of dear old GURU.

Soul people might like to check out 'Guess I'll Never' which samples LOVE UNLIMITED'S 'Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love' or 'Still Here' complete with catchy riff that might have been lifted from STEVIE WONDER'S 'Lately'.

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Monday, 08 October 2012 20:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

j_meyerSUPER SOUL MUSIC is a brand new Italian label set to specialise in soulful dance music, and if their first release is anything to go by they're going to be an outfit to watch out for.

Said first release is the totally uplifting 'Warm Me Up' from JONATHAN MEYER – drummer, DJ and producer, best known for his work with CIRQUE DU SOLEIL and the house classics 'Now That I Found You' and 'Back In The Days'. For this Super Soul Music debut MEYER has brought in MISS D to handle the vocals with she does with a gospel infused passion. The track comes in a number of mixes with the TERRY HUNTER 'Go Bang Main Club Mix' just taking honours (the legendary RON HALL on bass here). Those of a more righteous nature, though, might want to investigate the Hammond-heavy 'Gospel Mix'

WARM ME UP by JONATHAN MEYER is out now on SUPER SOUL MUSIC... find out more @



Monday, 08 October 2012 18:53 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

paulThese days PAUL JONES is best-known as the authoritative presenter of BBC Radio's excellent blues and real R&B programmes. In the 60s though he was a high profile singer – first with the hit-making band, MANFRED MANN and then as solo performer , peddling his own take on soul, blues and pop.

JONES was born PAUL POND in Portsmouth in 1942 and after dropping out of Oxford University he teamed up, in London, with one BRIAN JONES in a blues band. When BRIAN wanted to expand the band with new guitarist KEITH RICHARD, bassist BILL WYMAN and drummer CHARLIE WATTS, PAUL declined the offer to become the new outfit's singer! Instead he joined a cabaret style show band before eventually joining THE MANN-HUGG BLUES BROTHERS who, of course, became 60s hit makers MANFRED MANN.

With PAUL JONES as lead vocalist the MANFREDS enjoyed spectacular success with their very particular take on soul, jazz and blues. The success continued even after JONES quit for a solo career and it's that solo career that is to be documented in a series of CDs from the RPM label.

The label has just released the first CD in their 'PAUL JONES COLLECTION'. The 21 tracker traces his early solo years in the mid sixties. The album is built around his first solo LP – 'My Way' but also includes a generous selection of other studio recordings including his songs for the movie 'Privilege' in which he starred (JONES also enjoys a parallel career as an actor) and previously unreleased material. Amongst the selections is an excellent cover of THE DRIFTERS' 'When My Little Girl Is Smiling' and 'Sonny Boy Williamson' – a tribute (co-written with CREAM'S JACK BRUCE) to the blues legend ...showing where PAUL JONES' heart (and soul) really was.

'THE PAUL JONES COLLECTION Volume 1... MY WAY' is out now on RPM Records.

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