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INDIE SOUL SPECTACULAR

Friday, 10 October 2008 08:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

INDIE SOUL SPECTACULAR

Season of mists and mellow soulfulness … indeed! Autumn brings a bumper harvest festival of indie soul goodies. Expansion start things off with a great crop - including the 2008 'Soul Togetherness' collection, KLOUD 9's 'Enjoy The Ride' and MAYSA LEAK'S 'Metamorphosis' … also available on import through Shanachie, that one. Dome have their fifth 'Soul Lounge' box set on offer - three CDs and 40 great tracks, including brand new recordings from FULL FLAVA and REUBEN'S THREAD. PHIL DRIVER'S Soul Unsigned set-up release their first full album …imaginatively-titled 'Soul Unsigned Volume 1' … 14 great, new indie soul cuts in there. As intriguing is SOUL:ID'S 'Sex, Love And Philosophy', and for those who collect female soul, 'Independence Day' from INDEPENDENT SOUL DIVAS is a must. Featured vocalists there include LeNORA JAYE, NIKOLE HALL, RENE JONES, CHANEL PERRY and STACYE BRANCHE. More esoteric, maybe, is 'Make The Road By Walking' from the MENHAN STREET BAND on the Daptone spin-off label, Dunham. REEL PEOPLE'S acclaimed 'Seven Ways To Wonder' set gets a revitalised release with a whole raft of remixes, while if you like your soul a touch smoother try WAYNE BRADY'S remarkable 'A Long Time Coming' on Peak Records. Finally SHANTEL'S Mo-Philly album 'Arize It's Time To Shine' will get a December release. In the meantime the lady's single, 'It's Over Now' will be available from mid-November. Full reviews on all these on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

TRIPLE WHAMMY

Friday, 10 October 2008 08:36 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

TRIPLE WHAMMY

A top trio of modern soul/R&B divas have new albums currently on offer. First up, Grammy-winning BRANDY is about to unleash her 'Human' set. With big-name producers at the helm, the attention is currently focused on the wonderful 'Right Here' cut. Secondly, DESTINY'S CHILD graduate, MICHELLE WILLIAMS has just issued her first non-gospel solo set -'Unexpected' - the lead single, 'We Break The Dawn', is already making waves. Finally, Academy-award winning JENNIFER HUDSON debuts with a self-titled set. It features a generous 15 tracks, including a version of 'And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going' and 'I'm His Only Woman' - a duet with FANTASIA that is shaping up to be one of 2008's killer true soul ballads. Full reviews on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

SOUL IN A GOOD CAUSE

Friday, 10 October 2008 08:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL IN A GOOD CAUSE

The legendary DEEP FRIED soul party people are holding another big charity night in aid of the ANTHONY NOLAN TRUST. Once again the venue is EAST VILLAGE down on Great Eastern Street in deepest, darkest Shoreditch (nearest Tube - Old Street). Spinning the soul sounds are GEORGE POWER, PAUL ANDERSON, PERRY LOUIS, SNOWBOY, GARRY DENNIS and PAUL LENEY. The all-important date is THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER and the night runs through to 2.am….. Entrance is via a minimum donation of £5 and for more details go to www.charitydjevents.co.uk. Our spies tell us that the last event was a truly soulful spectacular and, more importantly, lots of cash was raised for the massively important ANTHONY NOLAN TRUST.

 

JAZZ FM BACK...

Friday, 10 October 2008 06:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

JAZZ FM BACK...

Soul radio listeners will be delighted to know that dear old JAZZ FM is back! The station that did so much to bring soul and jazz to fans starved by the mainstream broadcasters is now available on digital radio in London, the North West, the West Midlands, Glasgow, East Scotland and South Wales (also on Sky, Freesat and www.jazzfm.com). The original JAZZ FM, of course, was taken over by the Guardian Media Group who quickly processed it into the dire blancmange that is Smooth Radio. Well, many of the original JAZZ FM back-room people have decided it was time to resurrect the brand and their schedules are filled with familiar names, including RALPH TEE, STEVE QUIRKE, PETE YOUNG and ROBBIE VINCENT and it's also good to know that the team will be issuing those lovely compilation albums again. The first - compiled by STEVE QUIRK and RALPH TEE - is out at the end of October and it's a delicious mix of soul and smooth - jazz old and new. For more details about all things Jazz FM, go to www.listenincolour.com … happy listening!

 

SO SOULFUL GOODIES ...

Friday, 03 October 2008 06:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SO SOULFUL GOODIES ...

Who says there's no co-operation in this big, old UK soul world. Here at www.soulandjazzanfunk.com we're eternally grateful to TOBY WALKER of www.soulwalking.co.uk for pointing us to two of the year's best true soul albums so far. First up, there's KENNY LATIMORE'S 'Timeless' collection. The eleven tracker's a set of covers - but covers with a difference. KENNY and his producers have gone for some unusual songs and stamped them with a new and unique sound. Try the versions of STEVIE'S 'It Ain't No Use' or the BEATLES' 'And I Love Her' to get the point. It's a good album, but for real soul delights nothing this year is likely to match RAPHAEL SAADIQ'S 'The Way I See It'. TONI, TONY, TONE were always the soul connoisseurs' group of choice (few better albums than 'House Of Music'?) and SAADIQ'S solo outings have always been eagerly awaited. This new set is an unashamed tribute to the uptown soul sounds of the sixties with more than a respectful nod to the Motown sound of SMOKEY and EDDIE KENDRICKS. The opener 'Sure Hope You Mean It' is superb, while the JOSS STONE collaboration 'Just One Kiss' is possibly the best record the TEMPTATIONS never made. If you want more, dear old STEVIE adds his magic to 'Never Give You Up'. No wonder then that the LP is already being tipped as 2008's 'Soul Album Of The Year'. You can get full and in-depth reviews on www.soulwalking.co.uk.

 

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