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Album Reviews

Straight Outta Compton (movie)

Artist N.W.A.
Label Universal Pictures
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By Andrew Kay | 25 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
This much talked-about and long-awaited biopic of the trials and tribulations of the celebrated and notorious rap group N.W.A is a pretty accurate and faithful retelling of the ups and downs of the mantel-grabbing Gangster rappers. They’re not pioneers of Gangster Rap - Schooly D and Ice T are. In… Continue>

Tantalizingly Hot

Artist Stephanie Mills
Label Soul Music/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 20 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Though she was a child stage star and appeared in a Broadway musical in 1968 at the age of eleven, it wasn't until almost twenty years later that Stephanie Mills reached the pinnacle of her profession when she scored five US R&B number ones between 1986 and 1989 for MCA.… Continue>

'Cognac & Conversation

Artist Teedra Moses
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 20 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Noted New Orlean-born R&B singer/songwriter, Teedra Moses, has been making her presence felt for over a decade now but hasn't quite achieved the success and the plaudits that her talent undoubtedly deserves. She's appeared on recordings by big hitters Raphael Saadiq, Raheem DeVaughn and Rick Ross and has co-written material… Continue>

Compton

Artist Dr. Dre
Label Aftermath Recordings
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By Andrew Kay | 08 August 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Well, after a 16-year absence, we finally hear from the D.R.E on his first full length, inspired by the upcoming biopic of N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton. After the mysterious Detox-which was reportedly being cooked up in the lab with rumours going back as far as 2000-promising to be the greatest… Continue>

Big Love

Artist SIMPLY RED
Label East West
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By Charles Waring | 09 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
After an eight year hiatus - during which time their leader Mick Hucknall released a couple of covers-based solo albums - Simply Red have reconvened to release their eleventh album, which is released, ironically, by the label which dumped them back in 1999 when the group's 'Love In The Russian… Continue>

'Back 2 Love

Artist MAYSA
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 08 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
There's no denying that Maysa Leak's voice - a delicious, velvety caramel croon - is a thing of beauty. Indeed, she could sing the words to a computer manual and imbue them with a transcendent soulfulness. Continue>

Sumthin' Like This 

Artist COOL MILLION
Label Sedsoul
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By Charles Waring | 08 June 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
The masters of retro boogie-funk are back with this, their fourth long player, which follows in the wake of their last offering, 2012's excellent numerically-titled 'III.' Like that album, the beats are crisp, the grooves addictive and, as with all Cool Million productions, the vocals are sublimely soulful. This time… Continue>

Everything 050

Artist 050 Boyz
Label 050 Entertainment
By Andrew Kay | 26 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
New Jersey might not have the cache of New York’s history when it comes to hip-hop history, but Naughty by Nature’s Treach doesn’t have to defend his contribution; it’s spoken for itself over the last twenty-five years. Continue>

Look Closer

Artist SAUN & STARR
Label Daptone
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By Charles Waring | 07 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Old school soul revivalism doesn't get much better than this, a stunning debut album by gospel-reared New York soul singers Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan-Lowe. Both began singing ecclesiastical music in their local church in the Big Apple's South Bronx area and later performed in a wedding band alongside one… Continue>

Love Story

Artist Yelawolf
Label Interscope
By Eric Maganga | 04 May 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Alabama spitter Yelawolf’s last release was the uneven ‘Radioactive’ that showed glimpses of hit making potential. But is he is just another novelty, gimmicky type of musician, more famous for his race, or does he have an actual career ahead of him? Continue>
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