Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year Brooklyn based muso AHMED SIROUR (like many others) was rightly impressed by the lovely 'All The Stars' by Kendrick Lamar & SZA. He was even more impressed by the string arrangement that the Re-Collective Orchestra mix offered. However, he felt it could be even better... so he set to work.

The ever innovative Mr S added some more percussion, some classy fender Rhodes keyboard parts, and sharpened up the orchestra. Then (in his words) he balanced, EQ'd and mastered it "properly" and the result is a lovely, new, summer light imagining. However it seems Ahmed had a few problems with the powers that be getting his tweak out there.... but a diligent and patient search will lead you to it

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altChicago soul singer LOWRELL SIMON died on Tuesday 19th June at the Bedford Care Centre, Newton, Mississippi. Lowrell will be best remembered for his contribution to harmony group The Lost Generation and for his '79 solo hit, 'Mellow Mellow Right On'. He was aged 75.

Born in Chicago in 1943, Lowrell Simon's first group was The Vondells. He later formed The Lost Generation who were signed to Brunswick Records by producer Carl Davis. There they enjoyed their biggest success with 'The Sly The Slick And The Wicked' – a classic Chicago, group sound very much in the style of label mates the Chi-Lites.

After quitting the group Lowrell worked in and around the Chicago studios as a writer and producer, working most notably with Loleatta Holloway. He also contributed to the Impressions' soundtrack album 'Three The Hard Way'. In 1979 he enjoyed his own hit with ''Mellow Mellow Right On'.


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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 07:23 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

           altLos Angeles cult sister group, the JACKSON SISTERS, were never prolific hit-makers but have achieved immortality due to the enduring popularity of their 1973 single, 'I Believe In Miracles,' which is considered a rare groove classic.  The five siblings - a distaff version of the Jackson 5 - recorded a clutch of singles for the Prophesy, Mums, and Polydor labels in the early '70s. A self-titled album also briefly surfaced - which collected together some of the group's previous 45s - on the Tiger Lily label in 1976.

Long out of print and much-bootlegged, the super-rare album - which is almost impossible to find in its original first pressing - is now officially  reissued by the UK indie label, Mr Bongo, who have licensed the tracks from Universal. As well as 'I Believe In Miracles' - which was titled 'Miracles' on the album release - the LP features the classic tracks 'Day In The Blue,' 'Rockin' On My Porch,' 'Shake Her Loose,' 'Boy, You're Dynamite,' and the ballad, '(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends.' New liner notes contain quotes from the sisters themselves.

More info here:

'Jackson Sisters' is available on both LP and CD and is out now via Mr. Bongo Records


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Sunday, 24 June 2018 08:35 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                              altCritically-acclaimed American jazz chanteuse, MADELEINE PEYROUX, returns with her eighth album, 'Anthem,' which will be released by Decca/Universal on August 31st 2018. It follows hot on the heels of the brand new single and taster from the forthcoming album, the infectious 'On My Own.'

The follow-up to 2006's 'Secular Hymns,' the set reunites Peyroux's with producer, Larry Klein - who worked on some of the singer's earlier albums - and also finds her collaborating with noted musicians and songwriters, Patrick Warren, Brian Macleod, and David Baerwald, on a thirteen-song set whose title tune is an interpretation of late poet Leonard Cohen's plaintive 'Anthem' (it's the third time that the singer originally from Athens, Georgia, has recorded it). It's one of two covers on an album that offers trenchant socio-political commentary (check out 'Brand New Deal') as well as illuminating personal insights - the other is a beautiful, unadorned version of Paul Eluard’s World War II poem 'Liberté,'  which Peyroux sings in French while accompanied by acoustic guitar and gentle orchestral strings.  It provides a stunning moment on what is probably Madeleine Peyroux's most impressive album yet.

The singer/songwriter will also be on tour in the UK and Ireland during the late autumn:

Tuesday 20 November – National Concert Hall, Ireland

Wednesday 21 November - St David's Hall, Cardiff

Thursday 22 November - RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester

Saturday 24 November - Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival), London

Sunday 25 November - Festival Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Monday 26 November - Leeds Town Hall, Leeds

Tuesday 27 November - Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge


'On My Own' is out now. 'Anthem' follows on August 32st 2018.


Read SJF's 2016 interview with Madeleine here:

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Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:54 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF

                      altChic are back. The legendary Big Apple disco-funk group co-founded by Nile Rodgers who lit up the late '70s with global anthems like 'Everybody Dance,' 'I Want Your Love,' and 'Good Times,'  release their first album in 25 years in September. It's called  'It's About Time' and is released by Virgin/EMI.

Ahead of it comes the new single, 'Till The World Falls,' an infectious dance floor groove driven by Rodgers' signature choppy rhythm guitar. The record has a strong British connection as it features Guernsey-born producer Mura Masa, and London-based singer Cosha. US rapper Vic Mensa also features. The song was co-produced by Rodgers with Masa, who also have a writing credit alongside Anderson .Paak, anaïs, Vic Mensa, and Nao.

Thrilled to be collaborating with the legend that is Nile Rodgers, Mura Masa said: "Working with Nile at Abbey Road was so enjoyable. It’s breathtaking to see a man who has been working and striving towards greatness for so long approaching the writing and recording process with the same joy and passion that he always has. Truly an amazing learning experience and a wild fever dream come true."

'Till The World Falls' is available to download and stream now.

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