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Album Reviews

'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>

Jarrod Lawson At The BBC’ 

Artist JARROD LAWSON
Label Dome
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By Charles Waring | 02 April 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
About to undertake a full tour of the UK (which begins in Gateshead on 10th April and ends in Minehead on 9th May) the much-hyped new white hope of blue-eyed soul, Jarrod Lawson, follows up his acclaimed self-titled debut album from 2014 with this four-track mini-album which has just been… Continue>

Avant Garde

Artist Constant Deviants
Label Six2Six Records
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By Andrew Kay | 22 March 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Rappers Constant Deviants started in the early to mid nineties, the so called Golden Era, where older scribes like me remember when album releases were more hit than miss, rhymes and beats were creative, quality and about something. The Golden Era goes back to the late 80s, especially 1988, but… Continue>
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