Friday, 24 June 2011 12:01 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

sessionsOne of last Summer's soul highlights was SOUL UNSIGNED 'Summer Session' compilation. Compiled by DJ MIKE THOMPSON, it was stuffed with goodies from people like DUANE WILLIAMS and CORNELL STONE. For this year's 'Summer Session', label boss PHIL DRIVER takes over the responsibility of picking the tunes and he's come up with some corkers. Immediate stand out is the driving 'Move Into My Groove' from Aussie outfit SOUL CONTINUUM while other featured artists include MAX SEDGLEY, ENOIS SCROGGINS and KYRA SIMONE. With an endorsement from Street Sounds' MORGAN KHAN, SOUL UNSIGNED'S 2001 SUMMER SESSION is set to provide a soundtrack to the Summer ... whatever the weather may throw at us. Full review at SJF very soon .... in the meantime for more details go to



Friday, 24 June 2011 08:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

salsaMany broadminded soulsters have a soft spot for Latin sounds and those who have could do worse than checkout the first release in a new series from Ace's BGP imprint. The series – 'SALSA MUNDO' – will look at the evolution of salsa music by focusing on the musical output of a number of countries. The first album in the series looks at Colombia, and more specifically the catalogue of the legendary Fuentes label.

The 18 tracker's been put together by Latin collector, MIKE DELANIAN and he traces the music's development from the 60s though to the 70s when the sounds took on a harder edge, reflecting the rising tide of violence that went with the growth of Colombia's cocaine "industry".

Colombia's biggest star, JOE ARROYO, is represented by his 'Rebellion' while there's lots from obscure names like LISANDRO MESSA and COMBO LOS YOGAS. The album comes complete with an explanatory essay from the compiler who has also supplied the evocative album covers which illustrate the notes.

The next releases in the series will explore the music of VENEZUELA and PUERTO RICA.



Sunday, 19 June 2011 19:06 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

dee_heronEven though she's been off the radar for some time, serious soul buffs who know their stuff won't need reminding who DEE HERON is. The Jamaican-born singer fronted 'Real Love' (the original single version) by DRIZABONE back in 1991 and now has just released a solo single, 'What Do You Want From Me,' which is available from iTunes, Amazon and all the usual MP3 download platforms.

The single - which is a deliciously sensual summer-vibed groover - precedes a yet as untitled album from Heron, who has signed to the UK-based 3.1 Records. Says the label's founder, Roy Williamson: "We are extremely pleased and privileged to be working with Dee and with the release of her new material, we firmly believe quality soul is back with a vengeance and is back to stay."

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 21:03



Thursday, 16 June 2011 20:17 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

SJ_securedownload-4Illinois R&B soul siren-turned-actress SYLEENA JOHNSON – daughter of legendary soul man, SYL JOHNSON – returns in September with a new long player, 'Chapter V: Underrated,' for the Shanachie label. It's proceeded by a sassy new single, 'A Boss,' of which the singer says: "This song empowers women to be strong and demand what they want from a relationship. The lyrics say, 'He can get it (my heart that is) if he is a Boss like me.' The meaning is that you want your partner to do all of the things that you are doing to better yourself as a person, career wise or any other way."

Away from music and sexual politics, Johnson is filming the pilot for a new Stateside reality show called 'R&B Housewives,' which also features fellow divas Angie Stone, Faith Evans, Kelly Price, Tweet, Brownstone's Nicci Gilbert and SWV's Lelee Lyons.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 20:21



Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:19 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

Joss_LP_1The news that JOSS STONE'S new album 'LP1' – the first for her own label, Ston'd Records – will be released on August 1st has been upstaged by disturbing revelations in the national press that she was a potential victim of murder and robbery recently. Devon and Cornwall police apprehended two men from Manchester en route to Stone's house near Exeter, Devon – they were found to be in possession of not only swords, rope and (most disturbing of all) a body bag but also had detailed maps and aerial photos of the singer's property. Last month, the 24-year-old soul singer was ranked the fifth most affluent British pop star in the Sunday Times Rich List. Said the Grammy-winning chanteuse, who Smokey Robinson has dubbed 'Aretha Joplin': "I'd like to thank everyone for their concern but I'm absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal while the police continue with their enquiries."

Stone's new album was produced by ex-Eurhythmics member Dave Stewart and was recorded in Nashville.

Look out for a full review soon at SJF.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:23


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