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IN PRIVATE....

Friday, 17 January 2020 15:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPRIVATPROJEKT (their spelling) is a German (Hamburg to be precise) music collective led by MICHEL RECKHARD. Herr Reckhard is a multi tasker.... he plays synthesizers, keyboards, drums, and percussion; he's also adept at programming and song writing. His passion is soul music though, we're told, he's also partial to house music, jazz and classical. He's also head honcho at KopfHoch Produktion- a label this is the conduit for his PrivatProjekt projects! His regular associates number multi instrumentalist, Alexander Precht, guitarist Jens Salsa and vocalist Bonny Ferrer, but for their latest offering they bring in plenty more guests helping them to deliver a variety of soul based sounds.

Most obvious soul groove on the (I'm guessing) eponymous ten tracker is the steady 'Welcome' which features sweet vocals from Ms Ferrer...little wonder her mentor rates her so highly. Elsewhere there's plenty of disco – 'I've Got To Tell You' is a proper romp while 'Holding On To You' rides in on authentic Chic guitars.

Elsewhere 'Time Is Running' is classy blue-eyed soul of the Hall and Oates variety but perhaps the most intriguing track is the jazzy/rocky 'Keep On' which is fronted by Michel Reckhard himself who makes a good attempt at a Barry White style vocal while the chorus coo the title. Interesting stuff, adding to the intrigue of the album!

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2020 16:49

 

DON’T CRY NO MORE!

Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:33 BIll B E-mailPrintPDF

altWhen a certain RICHARD SEARLING describes a new single as "The must-own 45 of 2020 is here... both sides of this limited edition 45 are incredible", I guess you need to investigate! Well investigate we did and the little 7" that Mr S BEM describes comes from an odd source... Argentina!

Label is FINGIER RECORDS and the credited artists are the KEVIN FINGIER COLLECTIVE. Fingier is an Argentinean muso who began by fronting a reggae band, Los Aggrotones. Kevin has also DJd for many years and works to promote Soul & Mod culture in Argentina. More recently, the co-founder of the Buenos Aires Soul Club decided to start a production career working on Soul and R&B recordings and the record Richard S is enthusing about is a Fingier double A-sider 'Don't Wanna Cry No More' / 'Sunglasses After Dark Part 1'.

The former is a rough and tough dancer that mixes 60s R&B, Northern soul and the fashionable Daptone sound but this cake's cherry is the vocal – as authentic as you can get... you see Kevin has drafted in Northern legend Gerri Granger to add real magic. Throw in a crazy Herbie Mann style flute break and no wonder Searling was impressed. The 'Sunglasses' side is an atmospheric mod jazz instrumental dancer with fat Hammond and tinkling vibes adding to the intrigue.

The Kevin Fingier Collective - 'Don't Wanna Cry No More' / 'Sunglasses After Dark Part 1' will be released 24th January via ACID JAZZ RECORDS

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2020 16:49

 

GREGORY’ S REVIVAL!

Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:30 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altSome good news for a miserable January day? GREGORY PORTER is back ... and how! Today, (Thursday 16th January) the "JAZZ CAT IN THE HAT" has released a new single... 'Revival'. More good news.... 'Revival' heralds a new album....'All Rise' which is set for release on 17th April. Released on Decca/Blue Note, the LP will be Gregory's first since 2017's 'Nat King Cole & Me' and it will feature all new, original material – a mix, we're told, of "jazz, soul, blues, and gospel" featuring "heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail'.

Album production is down to Troy Miller (Calvin Harris, Rag'n'Bone Man, Amy Winehouse) while the musicians include Porter's long-time loyal band mates, a handpicked horn section, a 10-member choir, and the London Symphony Orchestra Strings.

2020 will also see Gregory take the position of 'Guest Curator' at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, performing there on 5th May, and he will embark upon a major UK tour (9-26 May), with a series of arena shows as well as four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:42

 

TELL MAMA!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 20:24 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEveryone's fave UK blue-eyed soul band, MAMAS GUN, get into their 2020 stride with a new single... though not quite a new song! Fans will remember that one of the key cuts on the band's last LP, 'Golden Days' was the sweet and simple ballad, 'This is The Day'. Essentially the song (co-authored by the band with Conner Reeves) was just an eerie and atmospheric piano and vocal sketch. Now, for this single, the tune's been given a full band recording makeover due to demand from fans after hearing them play it live on stage.

This "new" 'This Is The Day' has been added to over 25 editorial DSP playlists worldwide including 'new music Friday' playlist on Spotify UK and has already received spins from the likes of Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 2 and Robert Elms BBC London and added to the Delite January playlist... and so it should! It's a gorgeous slab of Brit blue-eyed soul. Out now!

 

WITHOUT FEAR!

Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:59 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe miserable days of last November were brightened up when we heard the news of some new music from UK soul star PAUL JOHNSON ... a singer, who, sadly we don't seem to get too much music from these days! We were told that an EP was on the way and our appetites were whetted with the single 'Follow'. It revealed that Paul could still cut it... immaculate, unique vocals with edgy production from Daz-I-Kue from the west London DJ and production crew Bugz in the Attic.

The parent EP, 'Fearless' is now with us and the promise of 'Follow' is delivered via 6 cuts of proper modern soul music – i.e. contemporary, envelope pushing, imaginative music held together by PJ's remarkable voice that can go from frail and fraught to pulsing and powerful within a couple of bars!

Outstanding soul cut is the mournful 'Less Said' while the chunky, beaty 'Blessed' is dedicated to those near to Paul who have passed on. He says: "I know too that I have not arrived this far on my journey without the love and support of people who have touched my life. I have been blessed and inspired in a manner that compels me to impart whatever I have learnt to those willing to listen."

Elsewhere, there's the electro 'Victory' while the EP title cut comes in two mixes. It's all good to go now on WYLD PITCH RECORDS/51LEX

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 January 2020 19:02

 

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