Jarrod Lawson. This will take some beating.
Princess Freesia’s new EP, Fateful Attraction, is doing the right ruddy business round these parts. Produced and arranged by Soulpersona with Freesia on writing and vocal duties, the duo has delivered a strong EP for R&B Moguls that (to these ears at least) has more than a whiff of the quality end of 90s R&B/Soul about it (no bad thing in our book), albeit refracted through SoulP’s rare groove lens and Freesia’s Seventies-soul-siren-in-outer-space lyrics and delivery.
Southern Freeez, with Emanuelle Araújo on vocals, is a tasty bossa cover of Freeez’s classic Brit-funk hit (released as a 7” on Record Store Day, Saturday 19th April). The track comes from the album Sonzeira – Brasil Bam Bam Bam, featuring new cuts produced by Gilles Peterson and set to be released on 19th May 2014. We’re excited.
6 years old…sounding like a classic now…
Probably the closest in feel to something off the classic The Way I Feel album (since his musical return in 2013), Remy Shand’s latest, The Best in Me, is a goodie. Raw in the right way, and downright soulful. We’re optimistic that in addition to these somewhat low-key releases (check his Bandcamp), there’s an album on the horizon. Here’s hoping.
Good Golly Miss Molly! This is rather delicious. London-based soul band, Bassment Project are all set to unleash their fantastic new album, New Generation (April 14th on Grandtone records). The first single is this funky slice of 2014 soul, What Did I Do Wrong. If that’s a question then the answer is resolutely nowt! We’re wrapping our ears around the splendid album, but in the meantime, here’s a live version of the sizzling What Did I Do Wrong. #realmusiclives
Just a whiff of the new JD73 single, Show Me featuring Miss Modest. We’ve heard the finished article and blow my socks off with a trumpet if it ain’t one of the very best things we’ve heard in 2014. More to come. #hot
What better way to celebrate Frankie Knuckle’s life and legacy than continuing to play his music. And here’s one well worthy of a spin, Frankie’s take on Paul Johnson’s Better Than This (the track’s also out on 7″ for Record Store Day in Dego & Kaidi’s 2000 Black and Soul Talk mixes, with the Frankie Knuckles mix forming part of the 12″ and digital package). Positive and uplifting house music with Mr Johnson on fine form, Better Than This takes us back with an old school sounding cut reminiscent of the great Ten City. Lush.
In Paul’s own words, here’s the story behind Frankie’s mix… Read more…
Mr Bird and GB come correct. Indeed, they are ‘Right This Time’ #wegotjokes.
The album Lo-fi Classics is due to drop May 2013. We’ve been waiting on this release for a couple of years and bumping this cut for a few years now, so it’s a bonafide classic in our book. There’s no reason to expect that the album won’t live up to it’s title. Excited.
Amazing new video from Smoove & Turrell for the cut Lay It On Me from the forthcoming Broken Toys album on Jalapeño records. Photoshop is, indeed, a beautiful thing, and this cut’s a chunky old funk monster. Happy.
Marvin would have been 75 today, so let’s celebrate one of music’s greatest artists and have a LOVE PARTY!
We’re excited about the new Myles Sanko album, Forever Dreaming. In particular, the lead cut My Inspiration, which our old mate Brian Grandad Hurst played on his SoulandJazz.com show last weekend (listen here). As we eagerly await the new album, here’s a full stream of Myles’ debut, Born In Black & White. Ace.
You can buy Myles’ debut here.
Margie Joseph’s Feeling My Way album came out back in 1978. Produced by Johnny Bristol, it’s a right proper beauty. Perhaps best known for the classic Come On Back To Me Lover, it’s jam-packed with sweet rare groove and soul cuts, not least the slow burning You Turned Me On To Love. Oils and candles at the ready.