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YES... SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU....

Friday, 01 March 2019 18:55 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altBeen a while since we heard from the small but perfectly formed Dome Records, but, at last, they get into their 2019 stride with a lovely new single from the oddly named LASPERANZA.

Lasperanza (the name is something to do with "hope") is the the brainchild of UK producer/musician Rico Garofalo who is lining up an album., 'Seeds', for May release. A sax player by profession, Mr G has always wanted to make an album of his versions of soul and dance classics – the kind of music that inspired him through the 80s – and that's what he's promising on 'Seeds'.

Now that new single – it's the album's lead off track and it's a gorgeous, lazy, brassy, rolling version of Gwen Guthrie's 'It Should Have Been You' with a sweet, sweet vocal from Izzy Chase. We're told that other vocalists on the upcoming album include Keni Stevens and DeCosta Boyce and the chosen songs vary from the well-known to the more obscure.

Rico says; "I didn't want to do straightforward covers. I wanted to change the arrangements, be it from a rhythmic or harmonic aspect, sometimes both, while always keeping a soul/jazz flavour. Give the songs a new lease of life rather than just a fresh lick of paint."

See if he's right by checking out 'It Should Have Been You'... available from today.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 March 2019 14:14

 

KEEP ON WALKING….

Friday, 01 March 2019 18:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWhat do you get when a top UK soul writer/blogger gets together with the UK's premier soul and jazz streaming service.... a damn good listen , that's what!

At the back end of last year soul man about town, TOBY WALKER, of the web site www.soulwalking.co.uk teamed up with BRIAN HURST'S www.soulandjazz.com (not to be confused with the UK biggest and brightest indie soul site i.e. this one!) to curate a monthly soul podcast and his programme is now into its third edition. Listen in and you can expect plenty of top class soul. The podcast is divided into three sections – classic tunes, new, fresh music and 'The Soul Cellar' which Toby dedicates to his old friend, the veteran soul DJ Peter Young who, sadly, died last year. PY would be rightly proud to know that Toby is keeping the real soul flag flying high.

Listen and/or find out more @ www.soulandjazz.com or www.soulwalking.co.uk

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2019 19:03

 

YOU GOT ME....

Friday, 01 March 2019 18:45 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altDon't know too much about new age US soul man ANTHONY MARTIN, save that he's a member of the Kingz In R&B group. He's also pursuing a solo career with the King Muzik label and his debut single 'You've Got Me' is making some noise Stateside. You can hear why... it's a very contemporary American R&B sound - a rumbling, pleading shuffle and it's out now.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 March 2019 19:04

 

RISING TO THE TOP!

Thursday, 28 February 2019 18:34 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTONY MOMRELLE is one of the hardest working men in the UK soul business! An acclaimed solo artist in his own right, he's worked with all kinds of people – from the legendary Earth Wind and Fire to Sade and, of course, Incognito. Then there's Tony's wonderful work with Reel People and his recent collaboration with Ralf Gum.

At the moment, he's concentrating on his own career with the very imminent (March 1st) launch of his latest single – an energized 70s flavoured 'Rising Up' . It's a funky old beater, stuffed with brass breaks that ride over complex rhythms. Then of course there's that remarkable voice.... a little Donny H, a little Stevie W but one hundred per cent Tony M!

Tony says: "Rising up is a song about shaking off the old and embracing the new, letting go of things, situations & even people that may hold you back. It's a song for the soul, a song of self realisation." He also tells us that the single is the debut release on his own record label, Vibe 45 Records, which will also release the parent album.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:05

 

ONE FOR THE ROAD?

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWay back in 1982 GREGG JACKSON and the STRIKE FORCE BAND released the lovely 'One For The Road'. Sadly despite its loveliness, it didn't do too much but, of course, it eventually became a rare groove classic and hugely collectable.

Mr Jackson always beloved in the tune.... and why not... it's a corker ... so he recently commissioned UK mix maestro NIGEL LOWIS to rework it.... and Mr L's two new tweaks become available on 28th February.

The two new mixes are "uptown" and "downtown" and you can guess the respective tempos – but both have lashings of lovely Philly flavours with just a hint of 'Me And Mrs Jones' on the "downtown" tweak and that in itself should be enough to merit investigation.

GREGG JACKSON - ONE FOR THE ROAD (THE NIGEL LOWIS MIXES) RELEASED 28TH Feb on LIMITED EDITION ONE PRESSING ONLY VINYL on IZIPHO SOUL

 

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