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SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Friday, 08 January 2010 12:34 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Fans of UK soul star ALICE RUSSELL need to know that the big-voiced lady features on the upcoming album from a virtual new band, THE SKELETONS. The outfit is the brain child of London-based muso BENEDIC LAMDIN, best known maybe for his work with NOSTALGIA 77. Enigmatically, he says "This band doesn't exist. They never stood in the studio together… they just passed though my house.". We do know , though, that ALICE R exists and she lends her soulful tones to the edgy 'Adam And Eve', again proving that there's more to new wave Brit soul than AMY W and DUFFY. The album, by the way, is called 'Smile' and is released in March on Impossible Ark Records.

 

LEMAR ... ALL THE HITS

Friday, 08 January 2010 12:32 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

LEMAR ... ALL THE HITS

Considering he didn't win his TV talent show good ole LEMAR has enjoyed a spectacular run of hits since his breakthrough back in 2003. You can find out just how many when the man releases his imaginatively titled 'Greatest Hits' album in March. The LP gathers together stuff like 'Dance (With U)', '50/50', 'If There's Any Justice', 'It's Not That Easy' and 'Time To Grow' It also features LEMAR'S forthcoming single 'The Way Love Goes,' as well as another three brand new recordings; 'Counting The Days,' 'You Don't Love Me,' and an exclusive recording of 'What About Love' from 2003's 'Dedicated' album, featuring JLS. Soul fans will be unhappy that the man's best soul track - 'Come On Over' - has been omitted but there's still plenty to prove that Mr L has been the most consistent Brit soul man of the 21st. century .. so far. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

SADE SOLDIERS ON ...

Thursday, 07 January 2010 14:50 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SADE SOLDIERS ON ...

2010 sees a major comeback from the ever lovely SADE. In February we can enjoy the lady's sixth studio album, 'Soldier Of Love' . Produced by MIKE PELA, the album features SADE'S regular collaborators - ANDREW HALE, STUART MATTHEWMAN and PAUL SPENCER and the LP's moody title cut will be the first single from the set. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon

 

WILLIE MITCHELL DIES

Wednesday, 06 January 2010 15:27 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

WILLIE MITCHELL DIES

Legendary record producer (and, of course, recording artist in his own right), WILLIE MITCHELL, has died. He was 81. News came via his son, LAWRENCE MITCHELL, who said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.
MITCHELL, who was born in Ashland, Mississippi in 1928, is best known for his work with AL GREEN but he was a celebrity musician way before his involvement with GREEN. He began playing trumpet aged just 8 in Memphis, the city where his family had settled in the '30s and after a spell in the army he became a popular Memphis band leader. In 1959 he joined Hi Records as a studio arranger and producer though he continued to play live with his band throughout the Southern states. He recorded numerous Hi albums with his band, then in 1970 - when label boss JOE COUGHI died - he found himself in charge of the studio and took control of producing a young AL GREEN, whom he'd bought to the label the previous year. At Hi MITCHELL also worked with ANN PEEBLES and SYL JOHNSON and continued to make his own recordings. Ever-busy, he also owned Memphis's famed Royalty Studios and he worked with many of the great Southern soulsters. Musically active till very recently, he received a Trustees Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008 and a Memphis boulevard was named in his honour. Yet in his biography, he often refers to the New Year's Eve parties at ELVIS PRESLEY'S house (where his band provided the music) amongst his greatest moments.

 

BADU'S BACK

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:02 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

BADU'S BACK

ERYKAH BADU will release her fifth studio album, 'New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh', on February 23, 2010. The new album is the singer's follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2008 disc, 'New Amerykah, Part I: 4th World War'. The LP features full live instrumentation and the music deals with romance and relationships rather than politics and social issues. One of the key cuts which gives the album that special romantic flavour is 'Fall In Love', featuring a sample from EDDIE KENDRICKS' 'Intimate Friends'. Guest producers and artists include 9TH WONDER, JAMES POYSER, BILAL, and the late J DILLA. "We used a lot of analog instruments—harps, strings, drums, piano, and even a Theremin—to give the album that sonic feel," said BADU. "There's a strong undercurrent of bottom, a rumbling to these songs that feels good to me. It feels like a hug." Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

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