Category Archives: soul

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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Scene and Heard – CCXXXXIV : Hey Fine  – Miles Casella (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revelling in the past is all very well and good but the best music, or at least the most original,  seems to be made as people move things forward. It’s evolution, it’s forward-thinking, it is the way the world turns. … Continue reading

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Between Two Shores –  Glen Hansard (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is a sadly inevitable that artists get known for just one song and usually for all the wrong reasons, reasons more to do with cultural zeitgeist or lucky exposure. So if you are one of those people who only … Continue reading

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A Sheik’s Legacy – Thomas Abban (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is trying something new, there’s pushing boundaries and then there is Thomas Abban. Abban goes way beyond merely moving existing musical templates forward, he does nothing less than create his own world to inhabit, explore and report on. It … Continue reading

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Formula For Life –  Alphonso Archer (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music is driven by many factors and we often find that the biggest inspirations, the best creative flows are the result of being presented with the biggest hurdles. When faced with two life changing diagnoses, instead of pulling away and … Continue reading

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Universal Joy –  David 9 Lunas (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You can always rely on David 9 Lunas to be able to deliver soulful and smooth vibes, songs which beautifully drift and glide, gently pulse with wonderful restraint and are cleverly woven. We knew that, but what makes Universal Joy … Continue reading

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This Is Why –  Samie Bisaso (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It is the most natural thing in the world to use music as a way of celebrating your faith, expressing your adoration and adherence and spreading the word which you hold dear. It is safe to say that it is … Continue reading

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Drunk –  Johnny Crown (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If R&B is built around sleekness and Hip-Hop comes from an edgier place then they find perfect union in Johnny Crown’s musical creations. D’Usse (other brands of Cognac are also available), the first single from the album Drunk, blends a … Continue reading

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Another Man’s Woman – Kenny Fame (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The last time Kenny Fame crossed my path it was with his wonderfully adventurous e.p. An Intimate Portrait, a collection of songs which really explored what modern R&B could be about. And if then he toyed with nu-jazz, soul, progressive … Continue reading

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Sooner or Later – Lynne Taylor Donovan (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

There is something that lies at the heart of Lynne Taylor Donovan’s sound which seem to make me picture it playing from an old radio at a low volume at night, perhaps as the quiet sound track to the scene … Continue reading

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