Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUrban Legends/UMC are reissuing two classic PARLIAMENT albums on black vinyl and in limited special vinyl editions: they are – 'Chocolate City' (released 21st June) and 'Up For The Down Stroke' (out now). The latter LP is also available in a limited translucent red vinyl edition, while 'Chocolate City' is also available in a limited picture disc vinyl edition.

More? Well acclaimed US chef Roblé Ali and cookbook author/blogger/artist Jerrelle Guy have created a 'Chocolate City' inspired recipe video. The video, we're told, shows Roble and Guy exploring some of the legendary album's complex themes, including the African diaspora and chocolate cities, the album's influence on current music and their own music tastes, as well as music's role in elevating the cooking/dining experience. Joining the conversation with Roblé Ali and Jerrelle Guy was Colleen Vincent of Black Food Folks and The James Beard Foundation, bringing her own vantage point of growing up in Brooklyn, her own chocolate city.

Sounds mighty interesting but as we often say its what's in the grooves that count and those two mighty LPs are worth seeking out ... in whatever format!

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Monday, 15 July 2019 20:23 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAussie all round soul muso LANCE FERGUSON is here, there and everywhere! He fronts the Bamboos, works solo as Lanu and has collaborated with each and every Aussie soul "name" – notably - The Putbacks, Cookin' On Three Burners, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kylie Auldist and more.

Last autumn he launched his ambitious RARE GROVE SPECTRUM. The project's aim was/is to dig out some ultra rare and classic soul and funk tunes and re-record them with a 21st century Aussie twist. It was a huge success and Ferguson's takes on stuff like Milton Nascimento's 'Brazilian Rhymes' and Googie Rene's mod classic 'Smokey Joe's La La' won plenty of radio and club play.

Lance now returns with a new 'RARE GROVE SPECTRUM... REMIXES AND RARITIES' EP that offers his version of Jimmy Smith's '8 Counts for Rita' , a Flow Lab Kid mix of Michael White's spiritual jazz track 'The Blessing Song', a revival of the Blackbyrds Theme and a new Alex Attias mix of James Mason's 'Sweet Power, Your Embrace ( a tune featured on the original 'Rare Groove Spectrum' project. )

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 20:29



Monday, 15 July 2019 18:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLondon-based blue-eyed soul man DANNY TOEMAN is being touted as a "new" artist turning plenty of heads with his latest single. 'She's Got Something About Her....'. Indeed the cut is worthy of head turning – a lovely, rolling, soul groove with some sweet brass work that will remind you of Tower Of Power in their more mellow moments. It's a great summer soul cut!

Danny, however, is no newcomer – certainly not to the discerning soul crowd. We first got to know about Mr. T back in 2014 when we enjoyed a double A sided single 'That Sinking Feeling'/'Layin' It On The Line' which we were told was from an "upcoming album". We never saw an album but there is one coming very soon... 'The Point Of No Return'. – and the aforementioned 'She's Got Something About Her....' is the lead single. If you like your soul with a retro feel – a kind of Mayer Hawthorne meets James Hunter with an extra dose of quirkiness and a dash of Paperboy Reed you could do worse than investigate. It's out next week.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 19:04



Monday, 15 July 2019 18:37 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDEBORAH BELL'S 'Love Won't Pay The Rent' went straight to the top of the UK soul charts at the start of June and since then some tasty mixes have kept the tune right out there. Now proving you can never keep a good tune down, it's back in an in-demand "Weekend mix" that uses a well-known 80s weekender anthem sample as it chassis. (SOS Band's 'Weekend Girl', actually). The mix was originally serviced to select DJs but the response has been so great that Ms Bell is making it officially available via her web site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:21



Monday, 15 July 2019 18:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Soulmate' is the first single from a new album by US smooth jazz keyboardist NICHOLAS COLE. It's not soul as we know it- rather a jaunty, smooth jazz instrumental that features tasty acoustic guitar from Chieli Minucci. There's no denying that it's catchy and it all bodes well for the parent album, 'The Weekend', which is due very soon.

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