Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Sleepwalker are high quality Japanese combo who produce jazz in a traditional style, maybe a little too traditional for me.
It is therefore exciting to get my hands on this remixes 12" on Jazzmin records.
Side A features two remixes of the track "Brotherhood" from a couple of my favourite producers, Marc Mac and DJ Mitsu.
Side B features "Resurrection" remixed by Burnley's number one nu jazz musician Diesler assisted by Dutch group the Jazz Invaders. This is at breakneck speed and the best jazz dancers will enjoy flinging some foot to this one.
The final remix is the Steven J remix of Brotherhood
Listen to samples here:
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Justin "J Boogie" Boland is a San Francisco based producer. He releases music with a good groove ranging from soul, funk, hip hop and boogie all coming through the Om record label.
His latest project is an album called Soul Vibrations featuring the above styles of music with contributions from Rich Medina, Ohmega Watts and the Rebirth (featured on my favourite track "Leave it all behind")
Check out the latest video, Inferno
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
Looking forward to this on Saturday. The first appearance in Manchester for Swedish singer Kissey Asplund who features heavily on this blog.
She will be appearing at the night Hoya:Hoya, a great monthly night in Manchester that features the best in cutting edge hip hop, broken beats, dub step, soul, disco, afro-beat etc etc. The night is at the Roadhouse on Newton Street in Manchester. A top unpretentious venue with a great soundsystem and drinks at nice prices
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Four years ago the album Connected was released. It was a collaboration between Little Brother emcee Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay. This album came about through the exchange of music over instant messenger. Not the case on the follow up as Nicolay has relocated from Holland and now resides in North Carolina, close to his Little Brother associates
Mine and many peoples favourite track on Connected was the soulful number "Come Around". Leave It All Behind continues in this direction with mainly soulful vocals provided by Darien Brockington, vocalist on Come Around as well as Muhsinah, Yahzarah and the biggest surprise of all Phonte, who proves himself to be an accomplished singer as well as an emcee.
Favourite track for me is the cover of a 1991 Stevie Wonder track which I'll admit to not knowing. "If She Breaks Your Heart" features the vocals of Yahzarah as well as additional production from Marc Mac
Saturday, 11 October 2008
New 12" by Erik Rico on the Jazzy Sport label. When I first saw this I was a little unsure if these cover versions of Stevie Wonder and James Brown classics would work. Now it's rotating on my turntable I'm absolutely loving it. They keep the funk and soul essence of the originals but are firmly placed in 2008 production wise. You don't even notice they are cover versions.
Listen to samples here
Available from Fat City
Thursday, 9 October 2008
New album from husband and wife team, Kindred the Family Soul
Listen to samples here:http://shop.hiddenbeach.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=30477
Here's Far Away from their debut album
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
One of the best tunes of the early 90's UK street soul era. Opaz is Ray Hayden, the man who brought us Martine Girault's revival
Check out http://badboy-soul.blogspot.com/ . The best resource on the internet for the UK street soul sound
New album due out soon from Leeds based producer Kidkanevil.
The first single "When I Dig" featuring passthefeelingon favourite Kissey Asplund (playing in Manchester soon) is getting heavy rotation at the moment.
To celebrate the release of his second album he has made his first album, Problems & Solutions. available for a free download here
Worth downloading just to listen to "Good Morning, What's New" with Andreya Triana.
Only available for 2 weeks
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Classic 2 step rare groove from 1979. Came out on the Chimneyville records label. The original album is very rare but you can get a copy on the Volume 1 of the excellent "Wants List" series on SoulBrother records
As a teen, Opio hooked up with local rappers Tajai and A-Plus, whom he met through Casual, another emcee who was Opio's classmate and neighbor. The three instantly clicked and began recording together, soon adding fourth emcee Phesto Dee, to form the group Souls of Mischief. Together with Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Domino, and Pep Love, the legendary crew Hieroglyphics was born. Opio has always done double duty for Hiero as both an emcee and producer. Opio's recent production credits include the track "Naked Fonk" from Del's recent 11th Hour. Opio's first solo effort, 2005's Triangulation Station, moved over 20,000 units. Vulture's Wisdom, Volume 1 is the first chapter of a forthcoming trilogy from Opio. All three albums are produced by Oakland-based The Architect and will be released on Hiero Imperium records.
After the success of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black album everybody seems to have jumped upon a sixties soul bandwagon. When I first heard this track from Germany's most stylish music producers, Jazzanova, I thought here we go again.
How foolish of me, this is a soul classic in any era with no expense spaired on the production to give it genuine classic sound
Have a listen on their myspace page.
I shall be popping over the M62 to the fair city of Leeds to see Hammond funk legend Dr Lonnie Smith perform at the Sela Bar in Leeds. He'll be on for three nights from Tuesday 28th October until Thursday 30th of October.
I'll profess to not knowing that much about Dr Lonnie Smith. What I do know is making me look forward to the show
For more information on Dr Lonnie Smith
Information on the venue and booking tickets