Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBack in 2015 a UK album called 'Life's So Sweet' sneaked up on us all! Without fanfare or hype the set won loads and loads of friends and was nominated by many as the best UK long player of that year. The artists were MATHER AND KINGDON.... and we waited and waited for a follow up.

It didn't really happen 'cos Stuart (Mather) and Chris (Kingdon) went on to work on their own solo projects – a series of singles that over the last couple of years scaled the soul charts and became mainstays of soul radio.

The good news is that M&K are back together and they've just released a new single.... 'The Ways Of You' which offers once more all the sweet and smooth soul that that debut album gave us. Sure, it's not revolutionary or esoteric – just an insidious summer vibe that's already established itself on all the best soul stations playlists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:16



Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTwelve months ago the UK soul world fell in love with a jaunty little single,  'American In Chelsea' from SIR PIERS. His lordship was/is the alter ego of Piers Penfold - producer, songwriter and musician who also runs his own lovely, little label... Curious Records. The ironic 'American In Chelsea' was fronted by the lovely Monique Bingham and we were told the tune was from our man's "upcoming" album 'SirVival'.

As far as we're aware that album is still "upcoming" but we do know that Sir P is releasing an EP – 'The Long Distance EP' on 11th August. At the moment one track has been "leaked" from the EP – the  sweet n lovely title cut,  'Long Distance' for which Sir Piers has secured the talents of a certain Frank McComb to sort the vocals. In its original incarnation 'Long Distance' is a tight modern soul groove and Big Frank's in fine fettle though some might say in places he sounds a little croaky! That gruffness, though, adds a world weary quality to proceedings.

'Long Distance' also comes in a "Curious Remode" that clocks in at 8 minute plus and all the credible soul stations are giving both mixes plenty of air play.

The EP's other cut is 'The Club' – featuring rap input from Shock G/Humpty Hump but don't let that put you off. The rhyming is totally organic to a wonderful, modern soul groove with wicked vocals, an unbelievable bass line and tight beats. Like 'Long Distance', the tune also comes in a "Curious Remode" that skirts into soulful house territory. Impossible to say which of the tracks takes  the accolades.... all are classy modern soul but each one offering something a little different.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:02



Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS news agencies are reporting that 83 year old Motown veteran, BOBBY TAYLOR is in very poor health. Taylor of course was the leader of mixed race band THE VANCOUVERS, whose biggest hit was the evergreen 'Does Your Mama Know About Me'.

Motown histories will also tell you that it was Taylor who "discovered" the Jackson 5. They opened for the Vancouvers in 1968 and Bobby recommended them to Motown execs... the rest ... history.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:34



Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS media sources are suggesting that R&B and soul superstar R KELLY is facing new allegations about his conduct to a number of women, who, it's claimed, he's keeping in what's been described as a "sex-obsessed cult where Kelly bans them from contacting the outside world".

These as yet unfounded allegations were made by former members of the performer's entourage. The women, Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee said there are at least six women living in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and Atlanta. They claim that he tells them when they can eat, shower, sleep, and bathe, while also telling them to engage in "sex encounters that he records'" and shows his friends.

A representative for Kelly spoke on Monday saying the singer "unequivocally denies" all allegations and said he will "work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and to clear his name".

R Kelly, of course, is no stranger to sordid allegations about his personal life. These include his marriage to a very young Aaliyah, being sued for "emotional distress" by Tracey Sampson, an intern at Epic Records and charges relating to child pornography,

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:34



Sunday, 16 July 2017 19:18 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Give It Up' is the new, soulfully energized single from the BEAT RIVALS. The duo is Krazy K and Soulshy – both well respected in the soulful house community. In 2014 they launched their own Rival Beat Records label and in the three years since they've released discs on people like Lifford, Angie Brown, Michele Chiavarini , Phillip Ramirez and the wonderful Ms Natasha Watts.

And it's Natasha who fronts 'Give It Up' offering her usual committed and soulful vocals. Adding even more class to the cut are bassist Ernie McKone and keyboardist Mike Patto.

We're told the tune will come in main vocal mix and the usual instrumental.

'Give It Up' will be released on Traxsource promo on 12th August / Full Release 21st August 2017 on Rival Beat Records.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 July 2017 06:58


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