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EXTENDED GROOVE!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:29 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altLast month we highlighted the latest album from STONE PAXTON – sometime member of Rick James's 'Stone City Band'. The long player 'In The Key Of Love' impressed right away and has shot right up to #2 on the UK soul album chart.

One of the key cuts was the ultra RJ flavoured 'Feel The Groove' which featured other original members of Rick's band. Well to satisfy demand Mr Paxton has issued the cut as a single... and to make it ultra club friendly he's had it extended to a full and fulsome 4 minutes plus... out now!

 

WHO THE BOSS?

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul man ERIC BOSS has enjoyed a busy and varied career. He's a DJ, producer, singer-songwriter, one-half of world-touring soul duo Myron & E, founder of boogie outfit The Pendletons and part of electro-funk duo Lucid Paradise. He's also collaborated on dozens of other projects.

Hard to believe with all that, but the Boss man also enjoys a solo career and he's getting ready to unleash a new album.... 'A Modern Love', from which the lead single has just been released. It's a tight, old school soul dancer, 'Bad Luck' which Eric describes as "a head-nodding funk-soul number led by crunchy drums and a badass bass line". Yes, it's a good 'un and we're loving the crazy trombone solo. It's available to download right now via Légère Recordings / Mocambo Records; while the Björn Wagner and Steffen Wagner produced long player will be ready May 10th.

 

CARAVAN OF LOVE!

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:36 BIll B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe oddly named CARAVAN PALACE are a French band whose sound though not soul has its roots in soul and dance. They call their music "ever evolving, groove-laden electronica" and on the evidence of their latest single, you wouldn't argue. Tune in question is 'Miracle' which after an edgy start kicks into a spacey, infectious groove with some crazy vocals. The cut is the lead single from the outfit's upcoming Spring album.

Avid TV watchers might well have caught CARAVAN PALACE over the last few months. They've been on almost everything... Later...With Jools Holland, The Jonathan Ross Show, Tonight at The London Palladium, and BBC 2's Hootenanny. They've also played at Brixton Academy & Somerset House - and on the main-stage at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown, Secret Garden Party and Wilderness. With over 1 million YouTube subscribers, 'Miracle' is worth checking out if you like your grooves just a little different!

 

ANDRE WILLIAMS DIES...

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSoul veteran ANDRE WILLIAMS died on Sunday 17th March in Chicago. He was 82 and it's reported that he had been suffering with colon cancer. His manager said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artist Andre Williams. He was diagnosed two weeks ago with colon cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. After that his body started shutting down pretty quickly".

Zephire "Andre" Williams was born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1936 but after relocation to Detroit he became part of that city's 50s and 60s musical renaissance. His first pro group was The Five Dollars who morphed into Andre Williams and the Don Juans. The band scored hits like 'Bacon Fat' which featured Williams' unusual "sing-talking style". He joined Motown in the early 60s but failed to enjoy any real success despite writing songs for Stevie Wonder and the Temptations. Moonlighting from Gordy he wrote and produced the hit 'Twine Time' for Alvin Cash but his most successful spell was at Chess where in the mid 60s he scored with things like 'The Stroke' and 'Cadillac Jack'.

Williams went onto work sessions with people as varied as Mary Wells and Parliament – even, eventually, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He worked constantly and in the 90s his music and style (he was a flamboyant dresser and performer and was prepared to try almost any genre) won a new audience. In 1998 he released an album to satisfy this new demand. 'Silky' saw Williams backed by garage rock band The Gories who added punk flavours to his old school soul! His, next album, 'Red Dirt', however embraced country flavours. He continued to record and perform through the noughties and his last album was 2016's 'Don't Ever Give Up.' Always outspoken and colourful, in 2012, Williams was eventually inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 19:38

 

SPEND SOME TIME...

Monday, 18 March 2019 15:43 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Spend Some Time' is the lead track from veteran UK soul man VICTOR HAYNES' upcoming album. The LP is 'Take It To The Top' and on the evidence of the lush, full-on production of 'Spend Some Time' the album will be well worth investigating. Victor rarely delivers a dud and the sweet and danceable 'Spend Some Time' is right up there with his best.

 

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