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Georgie Sweet – Misunderstood | Album of the day 20th October 2020

20 year old Georgie Sweet’s debut album ‘Misunderstood’ is a set that belies her tender age and fully deserves the plaudits that are being heaped on her and her first full length release. Take the cool swagger of Erykah Badu, the assured grace of Jill Scott and the unmistakable flavour of UK neo soul and you have an album that pleases across the board. Label mate Deborah Jordan has guided Georgie with her knowledge and wisdom and the similarities between the two are evident, but both possess their own voice. The delicate, jazzy ‘Sorry’, the scratchy, almost trip hop ‘Half...
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Donald Byrd – Places and Spaces | Album of the day 15th October 2020

The Mizell brothers produced some great jazz funk albums in the early to mid 70’s and were most associated with Donald Byrd and this classic 1975 album in particular. Their joyful heavily orchestrated backing tracks framed the lead instrument to create a total sound. Trumpeter Donald had recorded many great albums for Blue Note in the previous 10 years this one was probably his most accessible.The supporting cast of musicians incl Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Skip Scarborough and King Erricson play note perfect. The uptempo ‘Change’ sets the tone, the beautiful mid tempo ‘Wind Parade’ , ‘Dominoes’ and ‘Places And...
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Mausiki Scales – WestWestAfrica | Album of the day 13th October 2020

Keyboardist and founder/musical director of the Atlanta-based afrobeat/funk ensemble Common Ground Collective Mausiki Scales' second solo album WestWest Africa features an array of guest names, including vocalists Julie Dexter, Brenda Moorer, and Akua Taylor. The project also showcases the musicianship of Russell Gunn, Morgan Guerin, Kebbi Williams, Quinn Masonry, Ra Flautista, Alex Jones, Ali Barr, Edgar Clark Jr., Reginald Starling, and Kenton Bostick. The album effortlessly blends Jazz Fusion with funk and African Rhythms, the funky 'The Solution' is a pounding slab of soulful funk, the Roy Ayers feel of 'Kaleidoscopic Universe' and 'When The Sun Comes Up' highlights the...
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Terisa Griffin – Revival Of Soul | Album of the day 30th September 2020

Terisa Griffin is another Soulstress with a strong voice. ‘Revival of Soul’ is a good album of down tempo Soul tracks focussing on her voice. ‘Save Me (a woman’s Testimony)’, ‘Tonight’s the night’, ‘Cotton Candy Kisses’, ‘Naked’, ‘Purple like the Moon’ and ‘Swimming Higher’ and ‘Talking about love’ are good original ballads. There are also good covers of Aretha’s ‘Oh me Oh My’ and Marvin’s ‘Distant Lover’. This is quality seductive Soul. BUY CD here  Listen Save Me (A Woman’s Testimony) Intro Revival Interlude Tonight Is the Night Cotton Candy Kisses (Oral Pleasure) Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool...
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Light Of The World – Jazz Funk Power | Album of The Day 29th September 2020

Brit funk pioneers Light of the World return in a paired back form with a core line-up of Gee Bello (Vocals/Percussion), Nat Augustin (Vocals/Guitar) and Mel Gaynor (Drums) and ‘Jazz Funk Power’ loses nothing with this economy of numbers. The joyous opener ‘ Soul Reflections’ is an emphatic opener that blends the new with the vintage, the breezing, early 80s feel of ‘Heart To Heart’ contrasts with the slower, breezier ‘Summer Girl’ while the slick mid tempo ‘Saturday Night’ has a busy, bustling vibe while majoring in the celebratory nature of the album. The ballad ‘Head Over Heals’ is a...
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JR Bailey – Just Me ‘N You | Album of the day 23rd September 2020

Fantastic 1974 soul album, from the prolific songwriter, was made in the shadow of and musically the same vein as Marvin’s ‘Whats Going On’. Highlights are his original of ‘Love Love Love’, ‘After hours’ , ‘Heaven On Earth’ the fantastic title track and ‘I’ll Always Be Your Lover’, but this album is strong throughout. JR’s lyrics and vocals are great throughout and the arrangements and production compliment perfectly. It is a classic, up there with Lou Courtney, Leroy Hutson, Tom Brock and the other great albums we have reissued. This album should be in every soul collection.   BUY CD...
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Millie Jackson – Caught Up | Album of the day 22nd September 2020

Epic Millie Jackson concept album from 1974 about a three way love affair, recorded in Muscle Shoals. Her version of ‘if Loving You Is Wrong’ with the spoken word ‘Rap’ is 11 minutes of pure magic. Her vocals of Phillip Mitchell’s ‘I’m Tired Of Hiding’ and Bobby Womack's ‘ I’m Through trying to prove my Love To You’ are outstanding. But this is an album that you have to listen to as a complete set , rather than individual tracks. One of Soul Music’s all time greatest albums. BUY CD here BUY LP here   Listen If Loving You Is...
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James Mason – Rhythm Of Life | Album of the day 16th September 2020

This 1977 album from Roy Ayers guitarist James is one of the best rare groove jazz funk album ever. Featuring an all star line up inc Narada Michael Walden, Gene Torres and Roy Ayers sidemen Justo Almerio and Phillip Woo with the distinctive vocals of Clarice Taylor. ‘Sweet Power Your Embrace’ is an anthem that has all the hallmarks , driving rhythm, phat beats, eerie keyboards and those vocals ! The more urgent and percussive ‘Free’, ‘I’ve Got My Eye On You’ and ‘Rhythm Of Life’ and the mid tempo dancer ‘Slick City’ are also popular tracks. Also check the...
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Big Brooklyn Red – Answer The Call | Album of the day 14th September 2020

Apollo winner Big Brooklyn Red is an incredible talent, his voice resonates Soulfulness, his style is contemporary but steeped in tradition. ‘Taking it too Far’ is a great upper mid tempo dancer based on Lowrell’s ‘Mellow mellow’ but taken to another level with punchy horn riffs. The uplifting ‘Answer The Call’, the uptempo version of ‘Sexual Healing’, ‘So Inspired’, ‘Home To You’ ‘Sunrays’ (ft Lady Alma) and mid tempo ‘Give You Up’ are all strong tracks. Very Strong album.       Buy CD here Buy signed CD here  Listen Home To You Belive In Yourself Too Far So Inspired...
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Soul On The Real Side Vol 11 | Album of the day 10th September

The eleventh volume of this ever popular series offers up another across the board mix of Crossover and Modern Soul gems over 20 tracks. The Turner Brothers’ ‘Lets Go Fishing’ and the New Creation’s rare ‘Fish Song’ may have similar themes but bring in the differing flavours of South Carolina, and Peru, the recent gem from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities could be mistaken from a mid-tempo gem form ’68, while Terry Huff’s understated ‘Just Not Enough Love’ and The Fabulous Determination’s pacey ‘Has Love Been Here Before’ show the breadth of styles here. A well balanced, thoughtfully compiled set,...