Saturday, 19 March 2011 17:30 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DonaldSheffeyBetweenYouIfrontcoversmallDONALD SHEFFEY'S last album – 2009's 'See You Tonight' hit the spot with serious soul fans. Listening, it was obvious that DONALD was influenced by great soul stylists like LUTHER VANDROSS, WILL DOWNING and HOWARD HEWETT. The good news for SHEFFEY fans is that the man is set to release a brand new album – 'Between You and I' on Weezie Productions. Like his previous albums, the 12 tracker is a well-balanced mix of up-tempo items and sensitive ballads, while the mid-tempo 'Loving You Today' is already winning lots of fans.

To create the songs DONALD has collaborated with a number of writers and producers. Included amongst them is UK-based soul entrepreneur DI LEE. Ms. LEE, of course, heads up the soulchoonz set up and here she has provided the lyrics to DONALD'S tune 'Gifted' . The cut has lovely Latin feel to it and the message is unusual for a soul song. It deals with women who – for whatever reason – are told they can't have children ... but despite the odds they persevere, eventually becoming "gifted" with a child.

Find out more @   and expect a full review here @ SJF very soon

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 March 2011 17:33



Thursday, 17 March 2011 16:17 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


London's Soul Brother label is reissuing three in-demand WILLIE HUTCH albums this month – the late Motown singer-songwriter's '70s LPs 'Fully Exposed,' 'Mark Of The Beast' and 'Ode To My Lady,' which have all been remastered for release.

March also sees an in-store signing at Soul Brother's Putney shop by compiler/DJ GINGER TONY and the Soul Unsigned label's head honcho PHIL DRIVER for the compilation 'Jump Start Music Volume 2' (see SJF's review of the set in our review's section). The duo will be appearing on Saturday March 19th between 12 noon and 3:00 pm. (read SJF's interview with Ginger Tony at our interview pages).



Looking forward to April, JOHN MORALES will visit Soul Brother's shop on Saturday 9th at 1pm to sign copies of 'M+M Mixes Vol 2.'  Read the review of his album at SJF.

On Saturday the 16th April – which coincides with National Record Store Day – Soul Brother will have an exclusive vinyl release of GIL SCOTT-HERON'S 'It's Your World.' It's the first time the track has been released as a 45 and each copy is a numbered limited edition.

The same day, US neo-soul singer CONYA DOSS drops in to Soul Brother to sign copies of her new CD, 'Blue Transition.'

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2011 14:33



Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

imptressionsLegendary soul group THE IMPRESSIONS are set to play two very special shows in the UK in June.

The group – founded back in 1958 – holds a very special place in the hearts of every proper soul music lover and the shows are bound to sell out quickly. Led by CURTIS MAYFIELD, THE IMPRESSIONS enjoyed a wonderful run of hits with ABC/Paramount then continued the momentum whilst recording for MAYFIELD'S own label, Curtom. When CURTIS went solo he was replaced in the group by LEROY HUTSON who in turn was replaced by a duo – RALPH JOHNSON and REGGIE TORIAN. THE IMPRESSIONS unofficially disbanded in the mid 80s but original members SAM GOODEN and FRED CASH kept the brand alive and since then have toured and recorded sporadically. 

For the UK shows CASH and GOODEN are working again with REGGIE TORIAN and, backed by "THE CURTOM ORCHESTRA", they've promised to perform all the great IMPRESSIONS' classics. The shows are at London's Barbican on June 10th and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on June 11th... tickets are available from all the usual outlets.


A+ SOUL...

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:44 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

jesse_jSoul Junction's latest release is a lovely 7" vinyl single from JESSE JAMES. The A-side features a track which JESSE recorded for Gunsmoke Records in the 70s – 'I Gave You Love With An A Plus'. Penned by PERCY SMITH and HARVEY SCALES, it's a sedate, old school stepper with JESSE in great vocal form and helping to maintain the soul quotient, the cut features a quirky organ break.

The single's B-side was recorded back in 1964 when Mr. J was pacted to Shirley Records and though 'Are You Gonna Leave Me' owes rather a lot to the IMPRESSIONS' 'I'm The One Who Loves You' it's still an unmissable slice of 60s soul. It has been around on one or two Northern soul compilations but somehow it just sounds so much better on vinyl!

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bbe BITS...

Monday, 14 March 2011 17:12 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

beta_generationBarely Breaking Even Records – bbe to their committed fans, have just released four great albums – all of which deserve checking out. First up there's a tenth anniversary collection based around bbe's wonderful 'Beat Generation' series. The idea behind the series is to allow top soul and hip-hop musos to pick and mix their favourites without the constraints and licensing issues that major labels often throw up. Here bbe have allowed DJ SPINNA and MR THING to look back over the previous nine sets and pick the very best – then go away and tweak them in their own way. Between them, the boys have worked on stuff like KING BRITT'S 'Transcend' and DJ JAZZY JEFF'S 'We Live In Philly' which of course helped launch JILL SCOTT'S career.

Second goodie on the bbe list is an eight tracker that looks at what's currently coming out of JOHNNY DE MARIO'S famed Brooklyn studio, Henry Street. 'Henry Street Grooves' features music from THE FORCE, E-SMOOVE, DJ DUKE and others and it's soulful, funky house all the way. The flavours are more hip-hop on T.R.A.C.'s 'The Network'. Produced by MARC MAC the 15 tracker shows where Brooklyn hip-hop is at right now.

The fourth new bbe set is a great soulful dance compilation from top Scottish DJ, AL KENT. Those who like their soul laced with irresistible beats will find The Jock jock's 'DISCO LOVE Volume 2' superb throughout. Go to our review pages for a full run down on the album.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2011 17:23


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