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PUTTIN’ LOVE ON

Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:36 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWhitfield Batson is a London born singer who was brought up, though, in Barbados. When he returned to England his love of music drew him into management .... eventually working with the Undivided Roots Band in 1984. Whitfield also penned songs for Glen Goldsmith before going on to work with Jet Star music distributors. He returned to Barbados in the 90s and continued to work in the music biz though he also took up acting.

Right now, though, Mr B has stepped out from the background to cut his own single... a steady, catchy groove, 'Put That Love On Me'. Given Whitfield's pedigree you won't be surprised to learn that alongside the main mix, 'Put That Love On Me' also comes in a bright Maxi Priest-ish reggae mix.

 

SOUL IN THE HOUSE....

Friday, 19 January 2018 19:05 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTo remind us that early February sees the much anticipated release of 'BRIAN POWER Presents SOULHOUSE Vol 1', Mr P has been previewing one of the album's three new cuts.... a wonderfully uplifting sweep of soulful house from MARC EVANS 'You Mean The World To Me'. The collection's two other newies are Mike Delgado's 'Memoria De Roberto' and Michelle John's 'You Win'.

The rest of the compilation is made up of the best of Soulhouse's singles and included is the still monumental Eric Kupper mix of Rebecca Scales' 'So Long Gone'. The album is a double CD pack; CD 1 has 11 cuts while CD 2 is a Brian Power mastermix and it'll be available from February 2nd.

 

MANALO MOMENTS....

Friday, 19 January 2018 19:00 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altSALVATORE MANALO is a young singer/songwriter/guitarist who enjoyed an itinerant upbringing. His father was in the US Navy and on his travels young Manalo took to the guitar. In his teens, living in Japan, his guitar skills improved and he started to write songs and develop his own sound and style which is maybe best described as blue-eyed soul with an AOR rock overlay... a little like John Mayer, if you would.

By 2010 Mr M was attending the Berklee College of Music and his online music postings started to draw decent audiences. After gigging round Southern California, Salvatore returned back to Portland and on the back of a successful kickstarter campaign, he's just released his first proper recording – a five track eponymous EP that kicks off with a rumbling blues-tinged 'Always'. The song features a memorable hook – something shared by 'This Feeling' and the jauntier 'Rolling'. 'Stay' offers something different... it's a gentle acoustic ballad that allows the warmth of the vocal to shine.

Find out more @ www.salavtoremanalo.com

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 January 2018 19:09

 

SHOWING EVEN MORE LOVE!

Friday, 19 January 2018 18:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altMF ROBOTS (Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph -who met during their respective tenures with the Brand New Heavies) released some tasty singles through 2017, creating a buzz for the upcoming album which is promised March.

In the meantime Mr Kincaid has been back in the studio and remixed the last single 'Show Me The Love'. This new tweak is a longer, tougher and funkier than the original. Garnished with the odd electro effect, it's more focused too and Ms Joseph's vocal is well up in the mix and the more convincing for it.

We're told that the new mix is available now from the usual download portals.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 January 2018 19:10

 

WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION....

Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:22 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest offering from award-winning producer, songwriter and musician PRESTON GLASS is, I guess, what we used to call a concept album. Produced in conjunction with David Nathan's SoulMuisc Records, Glass' 'Love & Compassion' 17 track collection is all about peace, understanding, respect and, yes – love and compassion.

Preston and David say: "There is a void in the world's landscape today, of what used to be "basic human ingredients of 'LOVE and COMPASSION'".....The need for these qualities is what sparked the inspiration for this album".

To help deliver the concept Mr G has drafted in a stellar team of performers that includes people like Gerald Alston, Chubby Tavares and Freda Payne. Some of the music has been available before – notably the Alston collaboration with Willie Bradley, 'In The Meantime' – a track that was a 2017 UK soul hit. Most of the rest, though, are brand new songs.

Amongst the noteworthy tracks are a great version of 'Ghetto Child' by Brendon Wattz and 'Love Always Wins' by Eugene Cole (a scion of the famous Cole family). Other contributors include Ron Tyson, Kirk Whalum and Aiyana Lee – the granddaughter of Jimmy Ruffin.

Glass authored (or co-authored) all the songs (with the exception of 'Ghetto Child') and it would be very easy for cynics to knock the principle behind songs like 'Welcome To The Human Race', 'Peace Is More' and 'Love Will Get Us Through' but as someone once said (Nick Lowe, I think) "What's So Funny 'Bout Love Peace And Understanding"?

PRESTON GLASS: LOVE & COMPASSION is out now

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:27

 

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