Category Archives: soul

Exponents  –  Agency (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I spend so much of my time trying to find something new to say about music that lands on my desk with the label R&B attached, music that is really just production line pop with the same stolen groove and … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXLI : Son – New Sky (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

How do you make music that is at once soul searching yet accessible, reflective yet anything but melancholic, poignant yet marked for popularity, enigmatic yet infectious? I bet New Sky has at least some of the answers but then they … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXVIII : Black – MusicBySire (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music is made for many different reasons. It can be fun, celebratory and throw-away, it can be deep, meaningful and poignant, it can be everything in between. More and more often I am find an increasing amount of music coming … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXI: (Now We’re) Done – The Solsters ft. Evan Croft (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The Solsters make a fascinating point with (Now We’re) Done. Break up songs don’t have to be depressing! You hear the phrase and you can’t help put envisage a long haired guy in a wide brimmed hat waxing lyrical in … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXI : Hummingbird – Daxuva & Nina Miranda (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Pop music doesn’t have to be big and boisterous, bombastic and overblown. I mean, it can be if you like that sort of thing, it’s just that for me at least, the more interesting sonic creations are often found when … Continue reading

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Unbridled and Ablaze – Zialand (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Whilst many bands chose references and soundbites which say more about what they think they sound like rather than what they actually do, Zialand’s third and latest album arrives with the perfect tag line. Cinematic Soul Pop. And that is … Continue reading

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Magick Thing –  The Fell Swoop (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You could argue that The Fell Swoop’s sound is one that comes from a nostalgic place, from the golden age of soul, from a jazz and funk past and a disco dance floor of yesteryear. You could also argue, so … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXVII : Do U – Nikia ft. Johnny Will  (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 – CCCXVI : All I Could Do Was Cry –  Sophia Evangelina (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is a rich tradition of artists using covers as a calling card, though maybe a better word is standards in this case, as Sophia Evangelina has chosen such an iconic song to announce herself with. And why not? They … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCVIII : The Letting Go – Natalie Jean and Levi Moore (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This song has passed our way before, previously as an audio recording only but like all songs the right video can certainly underline and enhance the sentiment of a song and that is exactly what this part-performance, part-narrative video from … Continue reading

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