Sunday, 16 July 2017 19:11 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMF ROBOTS (MUSIC FOR ROBOTS ... JAN KINCAID from the venerable Brand New Heavies and DAWN JOSEPH) maintain the momentum for the release of their first long player with a brand new single – a jazzy, soulful, summer groove 'Believe In Love'.

The cut is MF Robots' third single and it's already been added to the main playlists of all credible soul stations. We eagerly look forward to the album – promised in September!



Sunday, 16 July 2017 19:07 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSingapore's DANIEL CHIA is a top smooth jazz sax men and his latest album is the Paul Brown-produced 'In The Moment'. Lead track from the album is the romantic 'Tender' and it's just won a remix treatment from one of the UK's top soul and jazz remixers... Colin Watson. He simply (we say!!) ups the late-night, quiet storm quotient keeping things very, very... yes -  tender.

Both the 'Tender' remix and the 'In The Moment' album are out now Soundgrove Records.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 July 2017 06:59



Friday, 14 July 2017 16:07 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF



Those cool masters of the chill out lounge groove, KINOBE, are back with a fine follow-up release to May's much-lauded 'Firebird' EP. Comprising Julius Walters, Chuck Norman and vocalist, Rich Hale, the trio unleash another four-track EP, 'Though It Was You,' (the second of three scheduled for this year), due to be released via Absolute on July 14th.

The opening cut, 'Thought It Was You,' is a driving piece with an infectious chorus propelled by acoustic guitar and fronted by Rich Hale's soulful, declamatory pipes. In acute contrast, the more grandiose 'Sun Ray' - whose epic arrangement features a choir - is an atmospheric instrumental characterised by a widescreen cinematic vibe. Its groove is blissfully intoxicating. Similarly evocative is 'Summer Rain,' featuring the ethereal vocals of Lucy Chapman. The EP concludes with a second instrumental, 'Watch The Skies,' where opulent orchestral strings and mellow synth lines glide over a chugging backbeat.

KINOBE will issue another EP later this year and there's also a full album and a tour in the pipeline.


See the video to 'Thought It Was You' here:


Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 16:19



Friday, 14 July 2017 06:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altUS news sources are reporting the death of PEDE (PETER) MARSHALL of disco era soul group THE CHOICE FOUR. Few details are currently available, but it's believed that Pede passed away last week.

Founded in Washington, the Choice Four were mentored by Van McCoy. The original line up consisted Pede Marshall, Charles Blagdon, Bobby Hamilton and Ted Maduro. They enjoyed a series of hits, most notably 'Come Down To Earth', 'Hook It Up' and 'The Finger Pointers'.

When the group broke up at the end of the 70s, Marshall went on to work with various groups including Dennis Edwards "Temptations Review" and recorded several solo singles.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:56



Friday, 14 July 2017 06:31 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe ultra-prolific producer ED THE RED raised a few eyebrows with his last offering - 'Love –Amore'.... a big soulful ballad, very different from his usual dance productions. With an old school vocal from Troy Nichols, people made comparisons with the work of  Isaac Hayes and Anthony White.

Mr Ed was so impressed with reaction to 'Love –Amore' that he's all set to go with two new mixes that make the cut a tad more danceable. First up is the enticingly named "Thong mix" – aimed at the romantics, there's a whiff of Big Barry White about it. Then there's Big Dre's "Steppers mix" which is, well, just that!

Both the new mixes are being rush released, so keep your eyes on your fave download portal! Label, by the way, is Ed's own Bottom Line.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:39


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