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Album Reviews

Veteran (EP)

Artist Tone Chop & Frost Gamble
Label Seven 13 Music & Entertainment
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By Andrew Kay | 08 October 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
I confess: I hadn’t heard of Tone Chop & Frost Gamble before this EP came to me. Clearly influenced by the much lauded “Golden Era” of hip-hop.  The halcyon days where every album and 12” single was one of quality, where lyrics meant something and competition was fierce and rappers… Continue>

Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's

Artist Brook Benton
Label Real Gone
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By Charles Waring | 22 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Between 1959 and 1970, resonant-voiced South Carolina crooner, Brook Benton (real name was Benjamin Franklin Peay) hit a fertile purple patch, notching up thirty-two US R&B chart entries, including seven numbers ones. Six of those were for the Mercury label and included two duets with sassy jazz-blues diva, Dinah Washington… Continue>

Forty Classic Soul Sides

Artist The Delfonics
Label Real Gone
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By Charles Waring | 22 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Siblings William and Wilbert Hart along with Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris) epitomised the candy floss, symphonic Philly soul sound of the late '60s and early '70s. Their lush orchestral sound was created by writer/arranger/producer Thom Bell, whose fruitful liaison with the Philly threesome produced a series of… Continue>

Lewis Taylor

Artist Lewis Taylor
Label Island/Caroline International
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By Joanna Chaundy | 11 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in 1996,London-born auteur and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor was heralded as thenew great white hope of blue-eyed UK soul music. Going against the stylisticgrain of mid-'90s R&B, Taylor's self-titled debut platter for Island - withits strong '70s Marvin Gaye overtones, seraphic layered harmonies and dense,stratified sonic textures - certainly stood… Continue>

Twelve Inch Eighties: People Hold On

Artist Various Artists
Label Crimson
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By Duncan Payne | 27 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
The mere fact that this new triple CD compilation set can be found on the shelves of some of the biggest supermarket chains gives you a fair indication at who this product is aimed at. If you’re looking for a Soul weekender anthem package then this is most definitely not… Continue>

Lewis Taylor

Artist Lewis Taylor
Label Island/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 26 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in 1996,London-born auteur and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor was heralded as thenew great white hope of blue-eyed UK soul music. Going against the stylisticgrain of mid-'90s R&B, Taylor's self-titled debut platter for Island - withits strong '70s Marvin Gaye overtones, seraphic layered harmonies and dense,stratified sonic textures - certainly stood… Continue>

Motown: The Sound Of Young America (Book Review)

Artist Adam White with Barney Ales
Label Thames & Hudson
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By Charles Waring | 12 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
There have been innumerable books written on Berry Gordy's storied Motown empire over the yearsbut perhaps none have been as opulent or extravagantly luxurious as 'Motown - TheSound Of Young America,' a hefty, 400-page hardback whose publication coincideswith the launch of 'Motown: The Musical' in London's West End. Continue>

Omerta

Artist Constant Deviants
Label Six2Six Records
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By Andrew Kay | 08 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Constant Deviants - Emcee M.I and producer DJ Cutt - take on the traditions of gangsterism on their new album, taking on the personas of Luciano and Lansky to express, and pay homage to, their Italian and Russian heritage.  This angle sets their album apart from albums that just glorify… Continue>

Adventures In Technicolour

Artist Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.
Label Illect Recordings
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By Andrew Kay | 08 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Five albums in, and the U.K hip-hop partnership of Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K goes from strength to strength. On this new album both producer and rapper excel expectations and step their game up, yet again. Continue>

Hold On (EP)

Artist The Lytics
Label The Lytics Music
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By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, rap group The Lytics have been cultivating and building a following for their Pharcyde and De La Soul style of rap. With the Pharcyde long split, there’s room in the crowded genre of rap for throwback artists with an eye to the future, and The Lytics… Continue>
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