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ISAAC HAYES DIES ...

Monday, 11 August 2008 06:05 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ISAAC HAYES DIES ...

The soul world has been shocked by the sad news of the sudden death of the legendary ISAAC HAYES. HAYES, aged 65, was found unconscious at his Memphis home by his wife on Sunday afternoon. He was lying next to a still-running treadmill. The iconic HAYES was rushed to Memphis's Baptist East Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2.00pm. At the present time the cause of death is still unknown but the Shelby County Sheriff's Department have ruled out foul play. Family members have indicated that HAYES was suffering from a number of medical conditions and had, indeed, suffered a stroke in 2006. www.soulandjazzandfunk.com offer condolences to the HAYES family … full obituary to follow.

 

SINGULAR SOUL

Wednesday, 06 August 2008 10:29 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SINGULAR SOUL

Summer's traditionally a slow time for singles (in any genre), but right now there's some decent soul singles around. Biggest of the bunch is a wonderful return from the inimitable ALI WOODSON - though the single's not actually down to the ex-Temptation. ALI is the guest vocalist on keyboardist MO PLEASURE'S 'R U Down?' - the lead single from the smooth jazzer's upcoming LP. The mid-tempo groove sounds like a classic 80s Temptations throw back with just a hint of the unbridled passion of BOBBY WOMACK. Ploughing a similar groove is 'My Shero' from someone who goes under the name BIGG SHADEY. The 'Shero' of the title implies 'heroine' and MR. SHADEY'S velvety voice reminded me a lot of BILLY ECKSTINE. Steppers might want to seek out a lovely light cut from TERRELL HOUSE - 'You're The One'. Gentle, light and unprepossessing, it's a pleasing summer floater. From the UK now - HAYDON - one time the lead singer of ULTIMATE KAOS - kicks off a solo career with 'Get Into You' which should please both the soul and R&B crowds. There are two mixes on the single and both have a real, old school soul feel to 'em. All on indie labels those - diligent internet trawling should let you grab a listen. The major labels are also hoping for some summer success, with RCA pinning hopes on JENNIFER HUDSON . Her 'Spotlight' is a catchy pop/soul sound, while ex DESTINY'S CHILD, MICHELLE WILLIAMS tries for a hit with 'We Break The Dawn' - the lead cut from her first non-gospel solo set 'Unexpected'. With the right support both could get away, though the best major label single at the moment is clearly ROBIN THICKE'S ultra catchy 'Magic' … and magical it is. Could Mr. T have found, at long last, the song that will effect that final big breakthrough? We think so…..

 

SEXUAL HEALING - HOT 8 STYLE

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:14 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SEXUAL HEALING - HOT 8 STYLE

Coming together in 1995, New Orleans' idiosyncratic HOT 8 BRASS BAND have been steadily building up a legion of fans beguiled by their mix of traditional Crescent City brass band sounds, hip-hop rhythms and funk flavours. The group, who regularly march on the customary Sunday second-line parades and who are in demand to lead New Orleans funeral marches, cut a remarkable debut set- 'Rock with the Hot 8'. From that album their version of MARVIN GAYE'S 'Sexual Healing' became an underground classic. Well now the tune's back - bigger and better - in a ME AND YOU re-edit. The new take retains the charming peculiarity of the original but is edited down to a digestible 5 minutes. It's the centrepiece on a new 9 tracker from Brighton's Tru Thoughts label - 'Hot 8 Brass Band …Remixes'. Released to coincide with the eightsome's UK August tour, the songs will be available exclusively on i-tunes for 1 month from 28 July; then direct from www.etchshop.co.uk . Apart from the wonderfully bizarre 'Sexual Healing', there's a tight, funky 'Get Up' (remixed by UNFORSCENE)' , a danceable, jazzy HINT remix of 'Jisten To Me' and 6 other big cuts…. For more info - www.tru-thoughts.co.uk

 

DOME AT THE DOME

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:13 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

DOME AT THE DOME

Saturday 4th October sees the old Millennium Dome play host to a trio of Dome Label artists. The Greenwich venue - now known as the O2 - has an intimate performance space, indigo2, and it's there that you can enjoy the combined talents of ANTHONY DAVID, ANGELA JOHNSON and ERIC ROBERSON. Tickets are available on 0844 844 002 or from Putney's Soul Brother Records. For more details go to www.theindigo2.com or www.domerecords.co.uk

 

SOUL TREASURE FROM SOUL BROTHER

Friday, 01 August 2008 12:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SOUL TREASURE FROM SOUL BROTHER

Putney's redoubtable Soul Brother Records are set to release a wonderful, in-demand album from HANK BALLARD. BALLARD was a star way back in the fifties, and is maybe best known for the original version of 'The Twist'. In 1968 the 'ole twister found himself pacted to King Records where none other than label-mate, JAMES BROWN produced an album on him. Entitled 'You Can't Keep A Good Man Down', the set, in its original vinyl incarnation, is extremely rare, but Soul Brother have managed to secure licensing rights and are re-issuing it on CD. The set contains the whole of the original LP along with a slew of bonuses including material that BALLARD and BROWN worked on together for the People and Polydor labels. Full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com soon.

 

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