Category Archives: r&b

Scene and Heard – CCXCIX : Never Enough – Joan Mercury (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The best pop music has the ability to walk fine lines between different worlds and is able to appeal to wide demographics without sacrificing its own integrity. We often see the opposite of this idea at work, at one extreme … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCI :  Avec Moi  – Angelle ft. Philmoore Rich (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Angelle is one of those artists who, despite working in the contemporary world of soulful, R&B infused pop, also manages to remind us of a host of great names from Roberta Flack to Witney Houston to Toni Braxton. And that, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  –  CCLXXXVI Final Warning “Bye Bich” – So Unique (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Final Warning is the perfect sound creation for the modern music fan, just the right blend of old school familiarity and new ideas and the result is a slick urban groove-laden, R&B infused track, one perfect for the clubland dance … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXXIII : Shero – Da Voicez (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Who says that pop music can’t have a conscience? Who says that pop can’t be both big and clever? Just because by its very nature it is a form aiming for mass appeal and therefore a certain amount of immediacy … Continue reading

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Be The Change (The Shelter) – Marieme (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Marieme does that most rare of things, she makes pop that sounds both grown up and wonderfully infectious at the same time. Throwaway pop is two a penny, it always has been, and that is pretty much the nature of … Continue reading

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow –  Addy C. (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This isn’t normally the sort of thing I get to review on this site. Usually I am surrounded by piles of CDs from European dream-pop explorers or West Coast alt-country bands. But music comes in many forms from the highly … Continue reading

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To The Starz –  Blow Flyy ft Jason “Soul” Howe (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Hip-Hop and therefore rap and all the other sub-genres that it spawned has always had a love of the hedonistic lifestyle. Commerciality may now be more of a driving force for the music being made on those tough streets but … Continue reading

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Breathe – Erica James (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Breathe is the perfect sound for the modern music fan, just the right blend of old school familiarity and new ideas and the result is a slick and groove-laden, R&B infused track, one perfect for the clubland dance floor and … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLIV : Deeper –  Kenny Fame (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You have to admire Kenny Fame’s ability to explore his chosen genre, to push into the extremes of the commercial and the unconventional alike. If 2016’s An Intimate Portrait was a collection of progressive R&B, an album which mixed fragile … Continue reading

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Deadline to Breadline – Lo-Fi Rebels (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is some music which, going on titles alone, begs more questions than answers. A band called, for example, Splat! could turn out to be almost anything musically. Similarly Doctor Bongo’s Electric Herring leaves you similarly bemused at what might … Continue reading

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