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CH... CH... CHANGES....

Monday, 25 November 2019 18:54 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPETER SYMPHORIEN'S raw 'This Ever Changing World' was always one of the big tunes on Disco Soul Gold's early 2019 compilation. With input from Fitzroy Facey, it was a big in-your face thing that seemed to take inspiration from the psycho soul of Norman Whitfield. Now the tune resurfaces just in time for the party season... you can now grab it in an all new Nigel Lowis Disco 2020 remix that retains all the drama of the original and at seven minutes plus watch it keep the floors filled during the festivities!

 

LAYING IT DOWN

Monday, 25 November 2019 18:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAtlanta soul man JERMAINE ROBBINS impressed all and sundry with his last album, 'The Journey Within'. We were so impressed in fact that the long player hit no.2 in the UK soul album charts. What was impressive was the quality of the songs and the classy vocals that most commentators compared with a certain Michael Jackson no less!

We last heard of young Jermaine 12 months ago when he dropped a bumpy, pleading ballad, 'What You Want' and he continues in ballad mode with his latest single 'Lay It Down'... a pleading, big production that, yes, in places still has those MJ inflections... it's out now. Check out the cover too.... more MG than MJ?

 

CELEBRATE ONE LIFE...

Monday, 25 November 2019 18:26 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altLatest offering from REGI MYRIX'S Myrix Media Group label is a collaboration with the wonderful HILL ST. SOUL and the tune is the catchy 'One Life'. The pair previously worked together on – 'No Worries' (which featured Noel Gourdin as well). That cut reached Number 2 on the Official UK Soul Charts and its odds on that 'One Life' will follow the same route. The optimistic 'One Life' has a groove that matches the music's message - offload all that stress and enjoy life! Regi hopes the track will uplift those feeling a little depressed especially during the holiday season. 'One Life' will be good to go from December 6th.

 

SHAWN RIDES OUT!

Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSHAWN LEE is a proper music chameleon. The 55 year old Wichita-born artist/multi instrumentalist is also a noted producer and award-winning video game, TV and film composer. Of mixed ancestry (his mother enjoys Lebanese and American Indian ancestry and his father is Irish American) and now based in London, he’s recorded solo and as a member of various bands across different genres. Amongst his various recorded incarnations are Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra and Young Gun Silver Fox (a collaboration with Andy Platts of Mamas Gun). Young Gun Silver Fox’s 2108 LP ‘AM Waves’ was well received by many in the soul community.

Shawn has just released a brand new album... ‘Rides Again’. The ten tracker is his first vocal/songwriter solo set since 2005’s ‘Harmonium’ and he describes it as “a personal journey into the world of soul-inspired country music”. And yes, that’s a fair description. Lyrically the songs describe Lee’s odyssey (real or imagined)... most notably on things like ‘Wichita’, ‘Kansa City Summer’ and ‘Farmer Brown’. Sonically, though there is a blue-eyed soul undertow, the overriding flavours are modern country music and Americana. In plenty of places it reminds me of Bruce Springsteen’s last album.... ‘Western Stars’. Like that one there’s plenty of big sky/wide prairie imagery. You’ll also hear flavours of Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb, and Neil Young – even Brian Wilson. Eclectic it sure is... there’s even an atmospheric instrumental, ‘Joyland’.

SHAWN LEE: ‘Rides Again’ is out now on Legere Records.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:01

 

FARRIS LANIER DIES....

Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSinger FARRIS LANIER (of the band, Lanier and Co.) died on Thursday 21st of November 2019 in Jackson, Tennessee. Few details are available, save that Farris was 70.

The core/idea of Lanier and Co. was established back 1968 when Lanier and his brothers and friends formed the Jacksonians. Their debut single was 'Hook To The News' for the Way Out label followed in 1970 by 'California Dreamin'. By the 80s they were established as Lanier and Co. and their eponymous '83 album won critical acclaim. The band enjoyed success with discs like 'Dancing In The Night' and 'I Don't Know'. In 1991 Farris became ill and couldn't sing or tour anymore. Losing the heart of the group caused them to disband. The other members of the band teamed up with other artists... most notable was Fenoye Lanier who drummed for Denise LaSalle's band till her untimely death last year.

 

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