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Thursday, 26 September 2019 11:41 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altBlue eyed soulster, MUTLU (ONARAL) ... he prefers just to use his first name, by the way.... is a self-confessed Philly freak. So much so he holds the record for the most guest appearances on Daryl Hall's acclaimed, award-winning TV show "Live from Daryl's House".

On Mutlu's latest single, Daryl's old sparring partner, John Oates, makes a pleasing guest appearance, little wonder then that 'Nothing In This Whole Wide World' has all the feel and flavours of those classic Hall & Oates' hits. And I don't really know why but one of the melody lines reminds me of India Aire's 'Video'! Whatever, 'Nothing In This Whole Wide World' comes highly recommended and is taken from the singer's current mini album 'Good Trouble'.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2019 11:59

 

DAISY DAISY!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:33 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt"The Daisy Age" – well, that's a new one to me. I thought by now I'd come across every music genre, sub genre, era and movement. Seems I'm wrong. You see "The Daisy Age" relates to a music movement straddling the late 80s/early 90s... and, we're told, it was short but sweet. The phrase was coined by De La Soul and they said it stood for "da inner sound y'all"... so there you go! More specifically it related to a brand of hip-hop/R&B that embraced playfulness, optimism and quirky humour with tunes that more often than not used unusual and/or catchy samples as their main hooks.

If you want a more concise, sonic definition then go straight to a new 18 track collection from Ace Records – simply called 'The Daisy Age'. The set kicks off with the aforementioned De La Soul with the wonderful cut and paste 'A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays' and finishes with the lesser well-known 'You're Not Coming Home' from Groove Garden. In between those poles there's a sprinkling of lesser luminaries (Chi Ali, Black Sheep and Justin Warfield amongst them) and plenty of genre big hitters like a Tribe Called Quest, Digital Underground, Monie Love, Queen Latifah, Brand Nubian and the Dream Warriors with their famous Quincy Jones sampled 'My Definition of a Bombastic Jazz Style'.

Big name/small name.... what they all offer are tasty slabs of cleverly crafted musical optimism...indeed - music to trip through the daises with. And if you have any questions, extensive sleeve notes from Matt Hall offer all the answers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:40

 

LOVE SWEAT AND TEARS.....

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Love Sweat and Tears' is the second LP from Sierra Leone born but Paris-based MARIAMA. Mariama says that the title is self-explanatory – "It is really about love, sweat and tears – confusion, loneliness, sadness; but in the midst of these dark feelings there is a voice that speaks to us and if we listen to it then a crisis can become a new beginning. Ultimately it all depends on our attitude!"

Heavy stuff indeed, and sonically the album reflect that message. The music is largely sombre and melancholy with one big "up" moment", 'Dancing Shoes'. The album's focus cut is a cover of that most enigmatic of songs, 'Nature Boy'... never worked out what it means and Mariama's quirky version doesn't offer any answers.

MARIAMA. 'Love Sweat and Tears' out now on Membran Record.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 19:41

 

HE THE MAN!

Sunday, 22 September 2019 18:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast spring we enjoyed some great music on an EP from top Italian mixer/producer ALEX DI CIÒ. The mini set was imaginatively titled, It's Spring'. Now as autumn comes knocking, Alex is offering us some new music.... no, it's not 'It's Autumn'! ... Rather the new collection is simply called 'The Man'.

The release offers two new tunes, credited to Gazzara vs Alex Di Ciò. First up is a sweet, mid-tempo groove – 'It's Because'. It's a proper head nodder/foot tapper and quite lovely. The other tune is a tad faster – 'Magic'. Here, there's a funk undertow, plenty of chinking guitar and a soul jazz Hammond organ running through the track... great stuff!

'The Man' ... out now on IRMA Dancefloor

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2019 18:57

 

TALKIN’ BOUT A REVOLUTION...

Sunday, 22 September 2019 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMassachusetts born singer/songwriter PAULA COLE has been in the business since the early 90s. She debuted in 1994 with the acclaimed album, 'Harbinger' which was followed by the double-platinum second album, 'This Fire'. Ms Cole has gone on to win a Grammy for Best New Artist and has enjoyed an additional six Grammy nominations, while her song 'Where Have All the Cowboys Gone' has become a classic of the singer/songwriter genre.

Right now Paula is busy promoting her tenth long player, 'Revolution' and normally her work wouldn't sit too accurately in the hallowed pages of soulandjazzandfunk but we need to tell you that the album boasts a wonderful cover of Marvin Gaye's 'The Ecology (Mercy, Mercy Me)' . Like all great covers, Paula reinvents the song in her own special way... gentle, yet still meaningful and questioning.... quite lovely and worth invstigating by all Gaye collectors.

Elsewhere, the album offers a tasty slice of Americana in 'Go On' and a Prince like, 'Hope Is Everywhere'.

Paula Cole's 'Revolution' is out on now on her own 675 label.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 September 2019 18:44

 

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