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THINK ABOUT IT!

Monday, 25 September 2017 17:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt1972's 'Think' by Lynn Collins and produced by someone called James Brown is a proper soul and funk anthem. Loved by the cognoscenti, it was never a huge hit but over the years it's been sampled to death by the hip hop fraternity (think - geddit! – Roxanne Shante and DJ E-Z Rock for starters). Indeed the stats book tell us that 'Think' has been sampled 1908 times and is the No.3 most-sampled record of all time!

Right now it's being revived again – this time by D J SPEN and THOMMY DAVIS for Mr S's Quantize label and to re-ignite the spirit of Lyn Collins, the duo have drafted in one of dance music's top divas – BARBARA TUCKER.

45 years since the original, this new version – in its main mix, at least, - stays true to that 1972 template. However, if you want something a little different there are house and dub mixes too. But whichever mix you choose you'll enjoy a fiery authentic vocal from Ms Tucker.

As an extra touch of respect to the original record, this new version comes in 7" vinyl complete with that distinctive old school orangey red Polydor livery.

All the mixes will be available October 13th

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 18:00

 

MAKING A BIG SPLASH!

Monday, 25 September 2017 17:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altJAKOB NORGEN is a Swedish jazz musician. The sax man originally fronted his own "Jakob Norgren Orchestra" but in the mid 2000s his band adopted a more soul based repertoire and they began releasing albums under the "BIG BAND SPLASH" banner.

Covering soul and blues classics, the band's swinging arrangements won them plenty of fans –all impressed with the big, brassy, innovative perspectives on familiar songs.

JAKOB NORGEN'S BIG BAND SPLASH has just released their fifth album – imaginatively titled "Big Band Splash Volume 5". The 12 tracker follows the formula of previous releases – i.e., exciting new takes on classic soul and blues tunes. Amongst the selected items here are Solomon Burke's 'Down In The Valley' and Otis Redding's 'That's How Strong My Love Is'. Other tunes come from the repertoires of people like Etta James, OV Wright, Otis Rush and BB King.

There's also a surprising cuckoo in this musical nest – a cover of Beyonce's 'Suga Mama'. Soundwise, it's in the same style of the rest of the album – busy, bustling, and soulful, with a jazzy undertow. Vocalist on the cut is Graciela Chin A Loi – one of the many top Swedish artists who grace the album alongside US blues man Tad Robinson who fronts Jimmy Hanna's 1967 soul rarity 'Baby Don't Lose Your Cool'.

BIG BAND SPLASH VOLUME 5 is out now on Wime Records and via all he usual digital platforms.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 18:01

 

A WASTE OF BREATH!

Monday, 25 September 2017 17:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Wasting Breath' is the latest single from UK soul and jazz singer JULIA BIEL. Julia, who's long been championed by people like Jamie Cullum, is currently working on an album that will be released next February. The set is a follow up to her 'Love Letters And Other Missiles' which was nominated for both MOBO and Urban Music Awards.

In the meantime you can enjoy 'Wasting Breath' via your favourite download portal. Like the album, the brooding soul/pop tune has been produced by Idris Rahman.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 18:01

 

A LIFE’S WORK

Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDONOVAN BLACKWOOD is a UK soul man who latterly has worked with Heatwave. Indeed he still fronts the touring version of the band. En route he's also provided BVs for Lionel Richie, Tina Turner and James Morrison. Back at the start of 2017 he scaled the UK soul charts with the lovely tune, 'Never Gonna Let You Go' .

Donovan follows that up with the equally catchy 'All My Life' – a classic slab of sweet, Brit soul that's available right now via the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:40

 

SHIFTIN’

Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRON LOUIS SMITH II is the son of KC and the Sunshine Band's horn man Ron Louis Smith Sr. The younger Smith - the self-proclaimed "Prince Of Sunshine" won friends with his 2014 offering 'Spank' from his debut album 'Second To One' ... a 21st century twist to the classic Miami party sound that the original KC and the Sunshine Band exported around the world.

Big Ron returns right now with a new single that once again mines the classic Miami soul sound. New tune is the hypotonic 'Shift It Higher' which comes in "original" and "J Ski" extended mixes and for those who go for that sort of thing there's also the instrumental.

RON LOUIS SMITH II- SHIFT IT HIGHER -Released 22nd September- Sunpire Records

 

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