Monday, 10 December 2018 19:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altRight at year end the ever-reliable and hard gigging NOEL McKOY has just released a brand new and rather tasty new single. The song is a McKoy original, 'My Lady's Gone' – a rough and tough modern soul groove that ticks most boxes. But such is Mr Mc's status is that he can call on some top mixers to add different shadings to his music... and there's none "topper" than Cool Million's Rob Hardt. Here Mr H gives the tune his usual, irresistible retro flavoured make over but keeps the Benson-esque scatting and the lovely, lovely keys break to create a mini masterpiece.

Noel, though, likes to cover all bases so he also offers a couple of house mixes – one from the Willesden Sound System, the other via Masters of the Universe. Both will find favour in their own arenas but the Rob Hardt tweak takes some beating. McKoy fans, of course, will know the song from our man's '7' EP.



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alt'Lights Down Low' is the new single from much-talked about Canadian blue eyed soulstress ERIN COSTELLO. The single heralds her upcoming 'Sweet Marie' album and if 'Lights Down Low' is anything to, go by that long player will turn out to be a corker.

'Lights Down Low' is an ab fab mellow and lazy groove with some unusual harmonies, quirky lyrics and a real make-you-smile quality... Erin Costello, - another to watch for in the New Year!

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Monday, 10 December 2018 18:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'It Wasn't Me' is the debut single from highly touted British soul artist ALEX PARVENU and it heralds his early 2019 EP, 'Blue Summer'.

'It Wasn't Me' was written and produced by Alex and his pacey, busy ditty has a strong, humorous storyline. Alex says: "It's every dad's worst nightmare when their beloved daughter brings home their boyfriend. In that moment, they forget that they too were once in the same position as 'the boyfriend'".

Alex also tells us that he grew up in musical household surrounded by the sounds of Motown and classic soul. Little wonder, then, that 'It Wasn't Me' has a real old school feel. Someone said the cut is "retro-flecked with a contemporary sheen"... couldn't put it better myself!

ALEX PARVENU 'It Wasn't Me' ... out now

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Monday, 10 December 2018 18:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGuitar man DAVE MASCALL won plenty of friends with his last single.... the steady, jazzy, soulful beater 'Nothing Gonna Stand' which featured on point vocals from long term collaborator Julia Quinn.

Now just in time for the party season Dave has released the tune in a lively but tasty remix courtesy of Franklin D. It's fast but nor furious or frantic.... definitely on the soulful side of soulful house..... only available, by the way, to legally download from Dave's website at

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe wonderfully named MERSEY WYLIE is the daughter of Scouse legend Pete Wylie – one of Liverpool's great music ambassadors and, therefore, it's no surprise to learn that Mersey is now forging her own music career and making big waves with her unique take on contemporary soul .

Mersey actually grew up in London where she grew to love the music of Motown and she tells us that she has vivid memories of seeing Michael Jackson at Wembley when she was just seven. In her teens she moved to Australia where she studied jazz at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2010 Mersey moved back to the UK and started to find session work... her CV includes work with people like Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Siouxsie Sioux, Boy George and Mick Jones of the Clash.

By 2014 Ms W was confident enough to go out on her own and she's been busy ever since winning praise from tastemakers nationwide for her particular and very personal take on soul. Mersey has just released her debut four track EP, 'The Skin I Live In', that shows a remarkable range. Cut that is winning favour and radio plays is 'Stronger'. The message in the song is that no matter what is thrown at us, with hope and faith, we can deal with it and as befits that theme, there's a gospel feel to the song. Sure, it's not traditional gospel but with a feisty femme call and response chorus behind Mersey's testifying you can hear where the song's roots are. 'Can't Let Go' is gentler but no less satisfying while the two other cuts ... 'Only You' and 'Giving Myself Away' offer more eclectic light and shade... little wonder that music tastemakers are tipping Mersey Wylie as one to watch for 2019. Find out more @

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