Thursday, 18 October 2012 19:20 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lounge9Dome Records have just released their ninth SOUL LOUNGE collection and like the first eight, this one's stuffed with the very best of contemporary modern soul. As ever the collection comes on three CDs and amongst the 40 tracks there are a few that are new to CD. These include the CLUB SURREAL Mix of INCOGNITO'S 'Ain't It Time', KHARI CABRAL SIMMONS' take on KEANE'S 'Is It Any Wonder' and SKI OAKENFULL'S remix of another INCOGNITO track – their in-demand version of EDDIE RUSS'S Jazz funk classic 'Zaius'.

Other in-demand items include the SY SMITH/RAHSAAN PATTERSON collaboration 'Night (Feel Like Getting Down)', the wonderful VRS remix of BEVERLEI BROWN'S 'Somebody Knows', MARIO BIONDI'S 'This Is What You Are' and, re-confirming it as one the era's biggies, GREGORY PORTER'S '1960 What' (here in the Opolopo Kick and Bass Rerub). Amongst the old favourites is the DRIZABONE remix of lovely LULU'S 'There Has Got To Be A Way' ... and speaking of DRIZABONE the album includes their 'All The Way' from the their 2010 DRIZABONE SOUL FAMILY set.

Yes, every flavour of modern soul is represented here and at a budget price for over 3 hours of classy music, you can't go wrong!

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Monday, 15 October 2012 15:20 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

aFRICASinger/songwriter KENNY YOUNG (co-writer of 'Under The Boardwalk' no less) set up the musical charity ARTISTS PROJECT EARTH (APE) as a response to the dreadful tsunami of 2004. The idea was to use music to not only raise money for relief but to also heighten awareness of climate change and how it can contribute to natural disasters. He encourages musicians to allow their music to be remixed and subsequently included on compilations that are sold as the charity's principal fundraiser.

The first album was released in 2009 under the title 'Rhythms Del Mundo' and APE is now delighted to release its fourth album – 'Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa'. The set features high-profile Western and African musicians collaborating on African remixes of their contemporary hits. Featured material includes BEYONCE'S 'I Miss You', PLAN B'S 'She Said' and ALOE BLACC'S 'I Need A Dollar'. COLDPLAY, REM, MUMFORD AND SONS and BRUNO MARS are amongst the other big name artists on the set. The music was mixed and re-recorded in Mali, Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland.

Money raised from the album will go specifically to African projects aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change and drought. You can find out more about this album, APE, its aims and the 300 or so projects it has already helped by going to



Sunday, 14 October 2012 20:13 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

salsoulbbr Records continue their programme of Salsoul reissues with three classics from the iconic disco label. First up there's the label-sound-defining 1975 eponymous long player from THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA. Disco's finest big band was the brain child of vibraphonist VINCE MONTANA JR who convinced music biz entrepreneurs JOE, KEN and STAN CAYRE of the viability of label that fused soul, dance and disco idioms with Latin flavours... and, like they say, the rest is history. 'THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA' LP was one of the label's first releases and on the back of the singles 'The Salsoul Hustle' and 'Tangerine' the album reached a credible #14 on the charts. They're still highlights and as a bonus here you also get the single edits. Other favourites on the set include 'You're Just The Right Size' and 'Chicago Bus Stop'.

The two other new bbr/Salsoul albums feature DOUBLE EXPOSURE and INSTANT FUNK. The DOUBLE EXPOSURE set is their classic 1976 debut 'Ten Percent'. The title cut and 'My Love Is Free' – when remixed by WALTER GIBBONS – became disco anthems while the album also included a great version of the 4 TOPS' 'Baby I Need Your Loving' and the controversial self-help song 'Everyman'. THE INSTANT FUNK album is their eponymous 1979 set which featured their signature song 'I Got My Mind Made Up'. It kicks things off and to prove you can never get enough of a good thing the bbr people include two remixes of the song – two of five included bonus tracks.



Sunday, 14 October 2012 17:58 bILL b E-mailPrintPDF

ikeMusic Club Deluxe's latest soul-related release is something of an oddity... and a misleadingly named oddity at that. The 2 CD 36 tracker features IKE AND TINA TURNER and is called 'The Hits Collection'.... however, it doesn't really feature any hits!

The story behind the music here is complicated but with a business track record like IKE TURNER'S you'd probably expect that. The 36 tracks on the album were all recorded in the mid 70s at IKE TURNER'S own Bolic Sound Studios in Inglewood, California. Though he peddled them around a number of labels they didn't gain a release till the 80s when the Saja label put them out under the title 'Greatest Hits Vols 1-3'. The album bombed – chiefly because it didn't feature any authentic IKE AND TINA hits – just re-recordings of some of them - like 'It's Gonna Work Out Fine' and 'Proud Mary'. Then there were lots of covers of other peoples' hits – like EDDIE FLOYD'S 'Knock On Wood', DOBIE GRAY'S 'Drift Away' and LITTLE EVA'S 'Locomotion'. All are delivered in the duo's customary gutsy way and over the years the tracks have become very collectable.... hence the raison d'être for this release. The set retails at around a fiver – so you make up your own minds about the credibility of it all.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 October 2012 18:05



Friday, 12 October 2012 12:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

lizzieLIZZIE DEANE 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 PARIS, 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 WINEHOUSE still exerts a considerable influence on new British artists.

Find out more about LIZZIE and 'Set Me Free'@

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