Monday, 09 December 2019 16:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe savvy UK soul crowd will have noticed a new(ish) name on the block over the last few years.... THE DEPTFORD NORTHERN SOUL CLUB. Founded three years ago by Will Foot and Lewis Henderson, their aim was to establish credible soul nights across the UK. The first one took place in Deptford (no coincidence, also the location of Dave Godin's famous and first Soul City record shop), hence, I'm guessing, the name. The team have now held nights across the country and even played out at Glastonbury.

After three very busy years, the Deptfords have launched their own label and the debut 7" vinyl release pairs two classic and ultra rare Northern tunes... LESTER TIPTON'S 'This Won't Change' b/w EDWARD HAMILTON AND THE ARABIANS' 'Baby Don't You Weep'. The former is Tipton's only ever release and original copies now fetch $5,000! 'This Won't Change' was recorded in Detroit in 1966 and after it failed to ignite Tipton and his twin sister decamped to California to work in fashion and films. Sadly he was murdered in 1982 never knowing that his only recording was to become a massive favourite on the European Northern  soul scene! The latter cut was originally released in 1967 on Mary Jane Records (an imprint of La Beat Records) and is another quality stomper...maybe a tad more melodic than the Tipton tune (though "melodic" probably isn't the right word when we're talking about raw, organic Detroit originated, Northern soul!)

The disc is available now and you can learn more @


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Monday, 09 December 2019 15:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMAD YELLA began in late 2018 as a 5-piece band of friends who met through university music studies and a shared influence and love of Jazz-Funk, Neo Soul and R&B. Now a seven piece, they have two singles under their belt.... 'Sequoia' and 'Lovin''. Savvy soul folk will know 'em.

The Yella fellas (Will Evans - Lead Guitar; Kojo Degraft-Johnson - Lead Vox; Ray Estaire - Backing; Sam Moore – Drums; Jackson Boardman – Keys; Chin – Bass; Elijah Paul - Saxophone and Ollie – Percussion) are all set to release a brand new single on December 20th.... a very catchy and quirky 'Being With You'( NO, not the Smokey song).

The song is a band original and in an age of music that is often a carbon copy of something else or a throwback to another era and sound, this 'Being With You' is unique ... odd even but, take note, it has a simple soulful quality and it will grow on you.... four and a half minutes of fresh music.

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Monday, 09 December 2019 15:50 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIt was back in August that the COOL MILLION crew released their 'Stronger' album... a celebration of their ten years at the top of the modern soul scene. One of the key cuts was 'Skintight' with vocals from Rachel Matthews. Now that track wins remix status from the Cool's Rob Hardt who gives the original Boogie Back production a 90s vibe. Out now!

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Monday, 09 December 2019 15:42 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altOLA ONABULE'S recent 'Point Less' album was acclaimed right across the board and as year end loom into view he's released a key cut as a single... it's the reflective and simple 'Tender Heart'. Understated, the song's message chimes with the sentiments of the current season... "a tribute to people who dare to stand alone and be the first to declare an uncomfortable truth". As ever, Mr O delivers impeccably.



Sunday, 08 December 2019 18:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNot wanting to wish the year away, but already pencilled in as a highlight of 2020 is the release of a new album from everybody's favourite UK blue eyed soul boy – JAMES HUNTER. The LP, James' 7th, is 'Nick of Time' and it will be released on Brooklyn's renowned Daptone Records on March 6th.

We're told that 'Nick Of Time' "is a voyage between beautiful, mid-tempo rumba recalling early King/Federal releases, while lush arrangements summon lost tracks from early '60s Burt Bacharach sessions".... and the leaked first single 'I Can Change Your Mind' confirms all that... classic James Hunter and his very special take on 60s real soul. The single will be officially available from January 24th.

More good news.... James and his six will be going on the road to promote the new album.... dates and details available soon.


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