Category Archives: soul

Give Me Faith – Jesse Morgan ft. Israel Houghton (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Jesse Morgan is nothing if not versatile. With his previous single, Here We Stand, the drive behind his expansive and soulful voice comes from a more rock environment with guitars providing chiming motifs or explosive energy. Give Me Faith, however, … Continue reading

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The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur – The Veldt (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The Veldt has always been a fascinating concept. Two black school kids in 80’s Raleigh, North Carolina dressing like European New Romantics and listening to the underground releases of London’s infamous 4AD label. A bold stance to take but one … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCIV: Too Bad – Elle Casazza

As if to support my seemingly endless narrative about this being a “post-genre” era, along comes Chicago chantress Elle Casazza to musically underline my point with a big red marker pen. Too Bad makes the argument more succinctly than my … Continue reading

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Brilliant Light – Danny and The Champions of The World (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Danny and his Champ’ chaps have always been hard to pin down generically. Americana is always a label which raises its head and indeed they are, to a degree but not in the way that we normally associate with the … Continue reading

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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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