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Album Reviews

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>

Musical Truth (book review)

By Andrew Kay | 02 April 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
For the Managing Editor of Blacksheepmag.com, 'Musical Truth' has been a labour of love, combining his passion for music as a long-time club and radio DJ, and his epiphany in 2010. It was then he found what had been hidden from his consciousness for so long, and began questioning why… Continue>

Get It Going

Artist Billy Brandt with The Thing & The Stuff Jazz Band
Label Billy Brandt Music
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By Duncan Payne | 21 March 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Billy Brandt? Who he? Unless you’re savvy around jazz circles or are a native of Seattle where he regularly performs in front of highly appreciative audiences, you could be forgiven for overlooking his music. Those in the know wax lyrical about his 2012 debut ‘The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor’ but… Continue>

Anti-Trap Music

Artist Horseshoe Gang
Label Seven 13 Music & Entertainment
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By Andrew Kay | 03 March 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
West Coast artists Horseshoe Gang have been around for several years, making a name for themselves as a credible force for the re-emerging Californian rap scene. Taking their inspiration from the likes of N.W.A and Outkast, they’ve made an album that’s Anti-Trap, but is infused with enough uniqueness-both in production… Continue>

The Day Life Began

Artist Regina Belle
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 20 February 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
A former high school trombonist, gospel-reared, golden-voiced Regina Belle was one of the bright new soul stars of the late '80s, scoring fifteen US R&B chart entries between 1987 and 1995 for Columbia Records, including two chart-topping singles, 'Baby Come To Me,' and 'Make It Like It Was.' She also… Continue>

'Concert In Blues'/'Color Her Sunshine

Artist WILLIE HUTCH
Label Soul Music Records/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 03 December 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Los Angeles-born soul auteur (he was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer) Willie Hutch is best remembered, perhaps, for his two funky 1970s 'blaxploitation' soundtracks, 'The Mack' and 'Foxy Brown,' both released on Motown. His other recordings for Berry Gordy's label (he cut eight LPs in all during the… Continue>

Spinners

Artist The Spinners
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 20 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
It's supremely ironic that the Spinners, a vocal group originally from Detroit and founded in the early1950s, should become the torchbearers for the Philly soul sound in the 1970s. Prior to this album - their first for Atlantic - the harmony quintet had spent nine, mostly fruitless, years at Berry… Continue>
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