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MUTHAFUNKIN' MARVELLOUS

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 14:31 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MUTHAFUNKIN' MARVELLOUS

One of the biggest soulful house anthems of recent years has been the MUTHAFUNKAZ'S 'The Way You Love Me' - in all its various incarnations. Still sounding great today, with DJ SPEN, RON HALL and vocalist MARC EVANS all in the mix, the tune epitomises the best of the soulful dance side of Philadelphia. The good news is that the gang are about to unleash a whole album offering the same uplifting musical message. Using the 'The Way You Love Me' as its title, the LP is stuffed with classic soulful house grooves, some sweet ballads and a couple of cuts that will please right across the whole soul spectrum. First up there's the luscious 'This Thing Called Love' and then there's 'If You Want My Love Put Something Down On It'. That latter is set to become of the year's big tunes as its sweeping Philly-style grooves ignite modern soul rooms. The label is the DEFECTED imprint TSOD and there'll be a full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

OH WHAT A CIRCUS

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 14:28 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

OH WHAT A CIRCUS

'Circus Money' is the title of a brand new album from WALTER BECKER - one half of the iconic STEELY DAN. The album is only BECKER'S second solo effort and comes fourteen years after his last set, 'Tracks Of Whack'. He calls the delay "a unique career strategy", but fans of that first collection and the whole STEELY DAN canon won't be disappointed with the flavours of 'Circus Money'. The album took almost three years to put together and was produced by LARRY KLEIN, who, of course, helmed last year's big Grammy winner - HERBIE HANCOCK'S 'The Joni Letters'. KLEIN described the experience of working with BECKER as, "like playing tennis with John McEnroe… it keeps you on your game". Returning serve, BECKER says that that KLEIN'S "a kind of a genius producer, who actually waits to make a suggestion until one is needed". The results of this mighty musical match - 'Circus Money' - is released on July 14th on Sonic 360.

 

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

Wednesday, 16 July 2008 03:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

It's been a good year for female singers who peddle the retro soul sound. AMY WINEHOUSE, though not producing any new music, has never been out of the limelight (and remember what they say about "any" publicity?) while ADELE and then DUFFY have enjoyed major success with songs that seem to have their roots in 60s soul. Even ex-TEXAS leader, SHARLEEN SPITERI has a solo set which some critics claim owes a debt to Motown and SARAH BAREILLES' recent chart rider 'Love Song' was redolent of the whole LAURA NYRO/ 5th DIMENSION thing. Those who dig that sound can now look forward to more of the same from new band LITTLE JACKIE - comprised of ADAM PALLIN and sweet toned vocalist IMANI COPPOLA. Native New Yorker, COPPOLA was brought up in musical household by a black mother and white father and her musical CV includes work with the DIGABLE PLANETS and a whole bunch of indie soul releases. Now teamed up with Boston multi-instrumentalist ADAM PALLIN in LITTLE JACKIE, IMANI says they want "to bring back positive soul songs like the Motown era". The songs on the album - 'The Stoop' - certainly have the catchiness of Motown but there's also a real swagger about them while the clever and provocative lyrics will call to mind the above-mentioned LAURA NYRO. The debut single - 'The World Should Revolve Around Me' is released on 25th August while the album - 'The Stoop' - is out at the beginning of September. The label is Parlophone and there'll be a full review on www.soulandjazzandfunk.com very soon.

 

MORE HOT GOSSIP

Friday, 11 July 2008 11:37 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

MORE HOT GOSSIP

www.soulandjazzandfunk.com's US networkers have just mailed us all the latest news from the Stateside soul scene. Here's the best of it… Biggest recent soul surprise was the appearance of MAXWELL at the 8th Annual BET Awards. He took part in an AL GREEN tribute starting speculation that something's imminent from the Urban Hang Suiter… better than his modeling for Gap. …US rumors suggest that JANET JACKSON wants to put a muzzle on boyfriend, producer JERMAINE DUPRI. She couldn't believe her ears when he announced that they would be starting a family after her world tour. Since teaming up with DUPRI, she has not had the musical success she is used to. Her album sales for her latest CD, 'Discipline', were so bad, she won't be able to tour Europe as originally planned. JACKSON has not been happy, and she is doing her best to salvage her career. She is planning to launch a lingerie line, and she's just signed a deal with MTV to do a reality show. In the show, JACKSON will be mentoring young singers and dancers, all leading up to her tour. With her career in peril, the last thing she is thinking about is a baby and she's also shouldering major responsibilities looking after the rest of the family. … JILL SCOTT, it seems, is planning a trip down the aisle. SCOTT recently announced her engagement to drummer JON ROBERTS. He's the young drummer who plays in her band. This will be the second marriage for SCOTT. She divorced her first husband last year. … BEYONCE will be seen in a couple of movie projects next year. She will be featured as singer ETTA JAMES in the movie 'Cadillac Records', and she will be starring in the thriller 'Obsessed' with IDRIS ELBA. Filming is currently underway in California. … Get well wishes, from all UK soul fans, to SCOTTY of THE WHISPERS, who recently was taken ill during a concert in Philadelphia. A heart attack has been diagnosed. … It was a special night for NEW EDITION at the recent Rhythm And Soul Awards. To mark 25 years in the music business, they were awarded The Golden Note Award. This prestigious honour is given to songwriters, producers, musicians and artists who have made major contributions to the music world. The guys said it was quite an honor to get the award. All six members of the group were on hand, including BOBBY BROWN, who appeared to be the most excited of the group. He was jumping up and down, dancing and actually kissed the award when it was handed to him. When he attempted to bump and grind on the stage, he was politely escorted off to take pictures. When the other guys were asked to comment on BROWN'S behavior, they just smiled and said…. "That's Bobby". …After an eight year absence, singer D'ANGELO is ready to come back. He's currently in the studio working on a new project due out early next year. D'ANGELO has been teaming up with JOHN MAYER and RAPHAEL SAADIQ of TONI TONE TONY fame. The past eight years have been rough for the singer. He was almost killed in a car accident, and he has had numerous run ins with police over his drug use. … … and finally fire has swept through the home of KELVIS 'Clyde' DUFFIE of KLOUD 9. DUFFIE says, "It just went up in flames and my wife almost didn't make it out, but as long as we stick together and pray together we'll be fine."… AMEN

 

FAMILY FUN

Friday, 11 July 2008 11:35 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

FAMILY FUN

The UK press might be happily reporting the JACKSON FAMILY are considering re-locating to the tiny Devon resort of Appledore, but the US papers are being less kind to the once mighty musical dynasty. The New York Post recently claimed that they're currently going through some hard times. The paper interviewed three of the nine Jackson children and looked into their finances, learning that one of the brothers stocks groceries, another repairs cars and others live at home with parents, JOE and KATHERINE, who, themselves, are at risk of losing their five-acre mansion. MICHAEL, who has given money to his brothers in the past, seems to have turned his back on them. He never made good on his promise to take them back on tour after his 2004 child molestation trial ended. The last time they shared a stage, he paid them each just $1,100 dollars, according to the Post, for performing at his 2001 star-studded concert where he celebrated 30 years in the music business. In contrast, he reportedly paid MARLON BRANDO $1 million just to appear. Of course, one reason for this may be that MICHAEL has his own financial troubles to worry about. The JACKSON sisters, on the other hand, seem to be financially stable. JANET is even rumoured to be the family breadwinner. She's said to be worth upward of $150 million. According to the Post, she sends money home to the family and has purchased a Las Vegas home for her parents.
JERMAINE JACKSON does not work or have a regular income. He shuttles between his parents' mansion and his girlfriend's home in Ventura County, Calif. JACKIE JACKSON struggles to manage his son SIGGY'S aspiring rap career after failing at a start-up Internet clothing business and earlier attempts to produce music. According to the Post, he lives at home with his parents. RANDY JACKSON, the baby brother, performs odd jobs, such as fixing cars in a Los Angeles garage owned by a family friend. MARLON JACKSON now stocks shelves at a Vons supermarket in San Diego. TITO JACKSON is the only one of the brothers still making music; TITO is a guitarist who fronts a blues and jazz band. According to the Post, his band plays at small venues and earns between $500 and $1,500 per gig. LA TOYA JACKSON has little contact with her siblings today. Said to be a millionaire by the New York Post, the former Playboy cover girl earns a living mostly in Europe and the United Arab Emirates, where she judges beauty and singing contests. REBBIE JACKSON, oldest JACKSON child, scored a moderate hit with "Centipede" in 1984 and followed up her debut gold album with three less successful albums, before quietly retiring from the music business. Seemingly the most stable of the JACKSON kids, REBBIE has been married to her childhood sweetheart, NATHANIEL BROWN, for more than 35 years. They have three children and live in an exclusive enclave of Las Vegas.

 

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