Category Archives: soul

The Mothers Earth Experiment – The Mothers Earth Experiment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of exploring the music too closely, right from the off the two things that scream out at me as I dip my toe in its sonic waters are the sheer eclecticism and the … Continue reading

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Shine Your Love – Kathryn Shipley (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I’m not sure why we feel the need to specifically label devotional music as a separate genre from secular. Gospel? Christian rock? What does it all mean? After I all I don’t remember anyone feeling the need to call The … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CLXXXII: Till I See You Again – Bunny Sigler

It isn’t surprising given Bunny Sigler’s illustrious track record that this heartfelt message to those who serve their country sounds like a timeless piece of chilled Philly soul balladry. His past associations range from Curtis Mayfield to Jay-Z; he has … Continue reading

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Florescentia – Charlotte Cardinale (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ever since a string of, essentially pop, artists from Amy Winehouse to Duffy to current hyperbolic sensation Adele re-appropriated and repackaged soul for a shallower, style over substance world, the genre seems to have traded in its essential elements for … Continue reading

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Tropical Soul – Holly Holden Y Su Banda (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When the term “world music” crept into the public consciousness it tended to be the domain of a certain type of guy (and it generally was a guy). One who would use the fact that you hadn’t heard of a … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLX : Gone As A Friend – Park Hotel

Whilst there is more than a nod to the new wave, funky-punk of Talking Heads running through the track, it is what else they bring to the table that stops this being a mere pastiche or homage to past times. … Continue reading

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Escape – Brandyn Burnette (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I have to say that the term “progressive soul/indie pop” as a label in the press release was something I found intriguing, particularly the first half. Genre’s can only tell you so much and the term “progressive’” pretty much throws … Continue reading

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Naked – Brielle Von Hugel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It comes as no surprise that Brielle Von Hugel has recently collaborated with and received a big nod of approval from Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox, her voice encapsulates the same vintage vibe meets modern innovation that they also work … Continue reading

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An Intimate Portrait – Kenny Fame (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

  I guess the question that this short collection of music asks us is this….where next for the seemingly tried and tested format of contemporary R&B? And without deviating too far from the recognisable traits of the genre…smooth, beat driven … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXXVIII : In a Quiet Room – The Veldt

If, like me, your references for shoe gaze come largely from a white, art-school, M4 corridor hinterland then The Veldt are the perfect reminder that often the best musical ideas tend to appear simultaneously in small pockets of creativity across a … Continue reading

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Proper Gander – The Inexplicables (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In most music you can find a reference, a point of origin that lies at the heart of any band, one which consciously, or otherwise, gives us lazy journalists an easy hook upon which to hang our reviewing hat. Sometimes … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day : LXXII – Apple Day – Joon Moon

Joon Moon are built on polar opposites. A Kansas City duo relocated to Paris, a modern pop sound seeped in smoky, classic traditions, young souls playing with old soul. Everything about the band are both right for the commercial music consumer … Continue reading

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Noctunes – Willis Earl Beal (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

A lot of the stories and information around Willis Earl Beal seem to be deliberately obscure…or at least obtuse, self-penned mythologies to distract from the real world actualities. Even the press release that came with the CD reads more like … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – LIV : Baby 126 – Ruby Confue

Baby 126 sounds like distilled essence of summer, joyous dance grooves and brazen brass blend with street soul choruses and blasts of Shakespeare re-imagined as a hip-hop act to produce a brilliant and totally infectious feel good, future classic. It’s warm, breezy and … Continue reading

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