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Album Reviews

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>

Blaxploitation - Six Classic Soundtracks’ 

Artist VARIOUS
Label Universal/Spectrum
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By Charles Waring | 11 March 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
When Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking black independent movie 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' (with its soundtrack by an early line up of Earth, Wind & Fire) grossed $10,000,000 on its release in 1971, surprised Hollywood movie executives realised that the then largely untapped African-American market could be a lucrative one and… Continue>

A Natural Woman

Artist Various Artists
Label Sony/ Box Music Ltd
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By Felix Mensah | 04 March 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
The sequel to last year’s hit ‘I’m Every Woman is finally here and is doing the business in the compilation album chart. Continue>

It’s Over - 70s Songwriter Demos And Masters

Artist SAM DEES
Label Kent/Ace
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By Charles Waring | 06 February 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Sam Dees, a year shy of his 70th birthday, is the undisputed poet laureate of heartbreak southern soul. Though adored by the soul music cognoscenti and Weekender crowds he's not a household name either here or in his native USA but over the years he's provided memorable songs for the… Continue>

Bridges

Artist Joe
Label Plaid/Takeover
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By Charles Waring | 09 January 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
In the quick-to-forget, here-today-gone-tomorrow world of contemporary US R&B, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joe Thomas has been the exception to the rule, proving that true class can transcend ephemeral fads and fashions and stand the test of time. Indeed, it is twenty-two years since Joe first debuted with the album 'Everything' back… Continue>

Montana (film review)

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By Andrew Kay | 04 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
After the glut of British gangster films that have flooded the market over the last few years, reviewing a new one would bring a natural sense of trepidation and caution. Many of these gangster films have gone straight to DVD, being (relatively) cheap to make and with a ready-built audience… Continue>

A Very Maysa Christmas

Artist MAYSA
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 04 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Endorsed on the album cover my the great Stevie Wonder no less - she used to be his backing vocalist - gorgeous-voiced Maysa Leak conjures her distinctive brand of smooth soul magic on a new collection of Yuletide songs. Helmed by her long-time producer, Chris 'Big Dog' Davis, it contains,… Continue>

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Deluxe Edition

Artist Public Enemy
Label Def Jam
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By Andrew Kay | 02 December 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
I remember buying ‘Nation of Millions’ in a mall in Florida in August 1988, a world away from the “Armageddon been in effect” that Professor Griff hollers at the opening of the album, a merging of live and recorded intro.  Even then, you were listening to something special, especially resonating… Continue>

Portia Monique

Artist PORTIA MONIQUE
Label Reel People
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By Charles Waring | 14 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
This honey-voiced chanteuse - who was born in Hawaii and lived in Houston, Texas, for several years before settling in Seattle - boasts a CV that includes sessions with R&B producers Rodney Jerkins, Midi Mafia and Kyle West. This, her digital-only debut album, finds her teaming up with Reel People's… Continue>

Scattered Thoughts Of A Poet

Artist Buggs Tha Rocker
Label Monopoli Management Group
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By Andrew Kay | 05 November 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Buggs Tha Rocka has been quietly paying his rap dues, honing his craft and politicking with the likes of Talib Kweli, opening him, amongst others, on their sell-out tours across North America. Continue>
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