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altClever and consistent, MUSIQ SOULCHILD – is currently putting the finishing touches to a brand new long player – coming soon via Peppermint Jam/E1 Entertainment.

M's just finished a long US tour with Lyfe Jennings, Kindred The Family Soul and Avery*Sunshine so now he can concentrate on promotion with the release of a new single 'Start Over'. It's a gorgeous, multi-layered modern soul groove that proves what the soul cognoscenti know... the man is a contender! By the way, good though the tune is, we've heard that there are mixes on the way – including one from Cool Millionaire, Rob Hardt.



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altJune 16 sees the release on Concord Records of a ground breaking blues album that brings together two giants of the genre –TAJ MAHAL and KEB MO.

'Tajmo' was self produced by the duo and features input from people like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E and Lizz Wright. Amongst the 11 tracks are covers of John Mayer's 'Waiting For The World To Change' and the Who's 'Squeeze Box'. Both are given distinctive treatments that might well surprise blues purists as will 'Soul' which, despite its title, is more world music than traditional blues or, indeed, soul. However if that's what you want (blues), try 'Don't Leave Me Here' – a biting, stinging blues on which the duo offer homage to the South.

TAJ MAHAL/KEB MO 'Tajmo' is released on Concord on June 16th

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Saturday, 27 May 2017 14:58 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'The Devil Is Back' is the latest album from Danish blue-eyed soul man, MIKE ANDERSEN and it marks something of a departure for Mike. Till now he's self-produced everything himself; now, for the first time he's working with an outside producedr Mads Michelsen, drummer in Danish band Gnags. Mads (great name or what?) has worked on over 2500 recordinsg and brings a fresh perspective to Andersen's music – accentuated by the fact the duo decamped to Nashville to write songs and prepare the album.

Sonically the album is more blues than soul – rocky in places (try 'sweet Tooth') but the soul crowd will need to check out 'This Time' –a stately, soulful duet with Ms Joss Stone. Other album guests are the Muscle Shoals Horns who blow on 'When You're High It Don't Count' and 'Wake Up'.

MIKE ANDERSEN: 'The Devil Is Back' is released on Nordic Music Society on June 2nd.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 18:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEvery soul fans favourite Geordies, SOULUTIONS, return to the fray with a brand new super dooper single on June 16th. The tune is the fab 'Thankful' and Louise and Steve are in fine form as they put their own spin on a Chic-flavoured groove.

Totally dance floor friendly (you'd guess that though), 'Thankful' is the first single from Soulutions second long player, which we're promised in September.

More good news? Well Soulutions will be playing the Jazz Cafe on June 29th when they support Melba Moore. It's the band's first London date and it's bound to be a sell out.

SOULUTIONS: 'THANKFUL' released on One World Records on June 16.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 18:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFRANKIE OLIVER is a London-based blue-eyed soul man who launches his latest album, 'Here I Am' on June 9th.

Though not that well-known in the mainstream, Frankie boasts a music CV that goes back to the 90s, when, signed to Island Records, he debuted with the Jamaica recorded 'Looking For The Twist'. Sadly record biz politics conspired against Frankie and he quit show business and became a black cab driver! With "the knowledge" mastered, Mr O then began to master something a lot more creative ... he discovered classic blues and soul. Next stop he was penning his own songs and after recording one, 'My Kinda Woman', he resolved to develop a full album... hence the aptly-named 'Here I Am'.

The 12 tracker has been produced by Delroy Pinncok and Sam Bergliter and all the songs are Frankie Oliver originals save 'Love Is Overdue' which, of course, is down to Gregory Isaacs. That first song, 'My Kinda Woman', takes centre stage here. It's a ponderous soul ballad with a blues undertow and indeed that's the sound that dominates the album. If that's your bag then you'll find plenty to enjoy. Best of these sultry burners is the sparse 'Things That I Was Told'. There's just a hint of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding about this, maybe because the template seems to be based on 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

There's more of the same on 'Tell Me' – the album's first single; playlisted on BBC Radio 2, no less! The new single, ''Cos Of You' treads a similar path with a catchy hook though to these old soul boy ears the obvious "single-in-waiting" is the more optimistic 'She's Beautiful'. It's quite lovely and ultra radio friendly.

Frankie officially launches the album at London's 100 Club on June 7th and you can learn more @

FRANKIE OLIVER; 'Here I Am' is released on Good Deeds Music on June 9th

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