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GIG GUIDE

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGIG are a new music trio who've just debuted with a lovely adult pop confection, the 11 track long player that is 'Brave New World'. Tagging GIG "new", though, isn't quite right since each of the band members boast enviable music biz CVs.

GIG are RANDY GOODRUM, DAVE INNIS and BRUCE GAITSCH – hence GIG! Goodrum is a garlanded song writer - credits include including 'You Needed Me' for Anne Murray, 'Who's Holding Donna Now' for El DeBarge, 'Oh Sherrie' for Steve Perry and 'I'll Be Over You' for Toto. He's also collaborated with Jay Graydon as J&R. Innis was founder member of country pop band Restless Heart and has written for, amongst others, the Pointer Sisters while Gaitsch has worked with people like Chicago, Celine Dion, Elton John, Amy Grant and Peter Cetera. He also co-authored Madonna's ' 'La Isla Bonita'.

The threesome came together as GIG in 2013 and between shows they've been working on 'Brave New World' – an album that features input from many of the West Coast's and Nashville's top session players.

The soundscape across the 11 tracker is classy, adult pop. For sure, there's a classic harmonic West Coast vibe (in the manner of say James Taylor, Toto and America) – but there's also a garnish of blue –eyed soul – think Hall and Oates and England Dan and John Ford Coley.

Stand out track is the Hammond-led ballad 'All I'll Ever Need'. It's actually the LP's oddity in as much as it wasn't written by GIG. The song was penned in the early nineties by composer and keyboardist Michael Haddad, who demoed it with lead vocals by the late Warren Wiebe . GIG recorded a whole new backing track behind the original vocal and the end result is a quite beautiful soft rock/blue eyed soul ballad. Also of note are the Latin-tinged 'Hernando's Paradise' and the intriguing title track which seems to take Bowie's 'Space Oddity' as its source. But dip in anywhere and you'll enjoy polished, adult pop with each track offering novella style story lines.

GIG's 'Brave New World' is out now on Spanish label CONTANTE & SONANTE RECORDS

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 11:13

 

MORE POWER!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:16 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year young BRIAN POWER consolidated his position as a major player on the UK soul and soulful house scene with his long player compilation, 'Soulhouse Volume 1'. The set became an instant best seller, collecting together the very best singles that Brian had released on his Soulhouse label.

The compilation also boasted three brand new cuts of which 'You Mean the World to Me' (with house legend Marc Evans at the mic) was always the tastiest. The cut was hugely popular and now it's set to have longer legs as it's reissued in several new mixes – from Opolopo and Mark Di Meo.

The Opolopo mixes are stuffed with the meister's signature beats and flavours but the Di Meo ones get our vote – a tad slower and a little more sophisticated – slinky, sensual, summer soulful house grooves. Great stuff!

The single is a Traxsource exclusive from June 1st and mainstream from June 15th - distributed by the SoulHouse new home at AWAL.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 19:28

 

THE LAST SONG?

Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe've tracked the progress of DARIEN DEAN since his 2009 debut 'If These Walls Could Talk'. From it the lovely light dancer 'Just Can't Wait' won young Darien (that's how he was billed back then, by the way) lots of friends in the modern soul community. After that he took lead vocals on Reel People's 'Alibi – a worldwide dance hit and then he joined Angela Johnson on her still lovely ballad 'All In Me' (we recommend you check that one out!).

12 months ago his 9 track 'Departures' kept the interest level high and right now he's working on a follow up – 'Detours'. In the meantime you can hear and enjoy his talent on a lovely new collaborative single, 'Last Song'. Duetting with Darien on the beaty steppers style tune is top session singer TIFFANY T'ZELLE who's worked with people like Patti Austin and Leela James.

We're told that 'Last Song' is a feature track on the upcoming 'Detours' which also features input from Omar with production from Herb Middleton (credits include Usher and Mary J Blige and Darien's fab 'Departures' set).

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REGGIE LUCAS DIES....

Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altREGGIE LUCAS – guitarist and song writer extraordinaire – died on Saturday 19th May in New York. He was aged 65. Reggie's daughter, Lisa, posted: "After a long and arduous struggle with his physical heart (his emotional one was perfect) he was called home. I wish he'd had more time, I wish we'd all had more time with him, but he left this world absolutely covered in love, with his hands held and his family beside him. I'm glad he's at peace now."

Born in Queens, New York, young Reggie immersed himself in music from an early age. Aged just 17 he joined Billy Paul's road band as guitarist; two years later he was working with Mile Davis. From there he joined Roberta Flack's band where he met James Mtume. (the pair are pictured below) Working in tandem with Mtume, Lucas went on to write some of the most memorable soul songs of the 70s and 80s. Amongst their best known songs are: Stephanie Mills' 'What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin', Phyllis Hyman's 'You Know How To Love Me', Lou Rawls/ the Spinners' 'Got To Be Love', Eddie Henderson's 'Say You Will', Gary Bartz's 'Music' and Roberta Flack's 'The Closer I Get To You'.

Reggie also produced Madonna's debut album and wrote her #1 hit "Borderline'. He was a member of the band Sunfire and eventually ran his own studio - Quantum Sound.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:58

 

SHEET MUSIC!

Friday, 18 May 2018 19:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor the past several weeks Solar Radio has been getting a big response from its rotation of a sensual soul groove with a hint of "steppers" from DRE T TURNER. His tune is the infectious 'Stepping Between The Sheets' and it's easy to hear why Solar have playlisted it.

Our research reveals that Mr Tuner is no newcomer. Hailing from Maywood, Illinois, he started off with the family gospel group - The Turner Family Singers before becoming a solo performer – a role he pursued while also working as a chauffeur for "names" like R. Kelly, Tyrone Davis, and Queen Latifah. Now a full time singer, Dre regularly sells out venues in the Chicago area and with the success of 'Stepping Between The Sheets' it looks like he'll soon be filling venues nationwide!

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 19:32

 

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