Some funky 7″ magic from those cats at Social Beats comes to us at the end of this month in the form of Steam (b/w Man Of Your Word) by Laura Vane & The Vipertones. A project involving both Dutch and British artists, Laura Vane & The Vipertones consist of Phil Martin, Ton van der Kolk, Diesler and of course songstress Laura Vane, as well as a handful of other talented musicians to back them up.
The A-side, Steam, rides … [read more]
This is something a bit special. New 7″ from Timmion Records of Finland right here. It’s by Myron and E with The Soul Investigators – the A-side is the track Cold Game and the B-side is called I Can’t Let You Get Away.
First things first: in the contemporary soul circles, this thing is going off big style. Initially 300 were pressed towards the end of last year, with more slowly trickling out into the new year. Every soul loving vinyl urchin is trying … [read more]
I’m pleased to be able to share with you an exclusive track from Traveller Records of Finland, it’s by DJ Hen Boogie (of The Derelix fame) and features Kissey Asplund on vocals – the track is called Adore. Out now through Traveller Records on 7″, the B-side contains the track Summertime, featuring vocals from Jeni Fujita, whom you may recognise from her work with the Fugees.
Illa J is the younger Brother of one James Yancey, AKA J Dilla, who sadly passed in February 2006. J Dilla was a legendary beatsmith, perhaps revered more posthumously, yet that cant mask the creativity and sheer talent he possessed. His parting gift for younger Brother, Illa J, was some beats. So here is Illa J, emceeing over said beats, for his debut LP on Delicious Vinyl. The LP is called Yancey Boys and it’s available now.
Rich and soulful, Yancey Boys spans … [read more]
Speech Debelle is a new signing to the Ninja Tune hip-hop imprint Big Dada. Fresh out of London town, Speech Debelle delivers conscious cyphers with admirable honesty and a soft, yet rhythmic, flow that will seduce your ears within mere moments of listening.
The debut 7″ single from Speech Debelle is the delightfully warm Searching. The subtle blend of acoustic guitar and hushed beats provide steady accompaniment for the sublime lyricism that offers us that sweet, sweet solace. Comparable to Big Dada label … [read more]
It’s a celebration bitches! Brighton-based record label, Catskills, have turned 11 years old. In this day and age, for a label to last more than a year or two is an achievement, but these cats clearly have the skills to pay the bills and are celebrating with a double CD compilation to knock your socks off. It’s out now, so snap it up quick sharp from your local musical haunt, or grab it right away straight from the Catskills eShop.
Out now on Freestyle Records, Diesler hits us with a 7″ teaser from his upcoming Diesler Remix album, which is actually due out at the end of January. This tasty little 7-inch wonder contains a Diesler remix of the Ruckus Roboticus track Here We Go and also a JazzInvaders remix of Diesler’s Revelations featuring Laura Vane.
Diesler’s remix of Here We Go is a progressive, dancefloor-breaks, latin style affair. Progressive and infectious, it’s easy to imagine this one going down a treat in … [read more]
It’s here! Make The Road By Walking, the debut LP from Menhan Street Band is out now on Dunham (an imprint of Daptone Records) and it has totally blown me away even more than I thought it would or could. 35 minutes of pure unadulterated soulful sounds have been beautifully crafted by a super-group comprising of ten members from; The Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Antibalas and the Budos Band, along with Thomas Brenneck (the musician/producer for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Budos … [read more]
The October/November issue of the only music publication worth buying, Wax Poetics, is now on sale. Wax Poetics Issue 31 has blues/soul legend Shuggie Otis on one side of the cover and mysterious masked emcee MF DOOM on the other.
The Shuggies Otis article looks into his rise to stardom followed by his descent from the spotlight. In his own words “I was into experimenting, leaving mistakes in because they sounded good, all that kind of stuff. I was into experimenting with sound. They … [read more]