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Album Reviews

Come Into Our World

Artist The Emotions
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 29 January 2014
Published in: Album Reviews
Chicago’s Hutchinson sisters - aka The Emotions - are best remembered for their big ’77 blockbuster single, ‘The Best Of My Love,’ and of course, for their memorable appearance alongside Earth, Wind & Fire on the immortal mirrorball classic, ‘Boogie Wonderland,’ in 1978. By the time that 1979 had rolled… Continue>

Back Stabbers

Artist The O'Jays
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 27 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The O’Jays had been going for years before they hit the big time with this, their debut LP for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label in 1972. The Ohio vocal trio comprising Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and William Powell scored a US R&B chart topper with this album’s brilliant title… Continue>

MFSB

Artist MFSB
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 27 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Their name, an acronym for Mother Father Sister Brother (or even, perhaps, more controversially, Mother Fucker Son of a Bitch), MFSB was a unique multi-racial band/orchestra that functioned as the musical engine room behind most of Gamble & Huff’s productions for Philadelphia International Records in the 1970s. Continue>

Pencils, Not Pistols E.P

Artist Imperial & Kinetik
Label Illect Recordings
By Andrew Kay | 27 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
It’s possibly to his credit that Kinetik wasn’t there, first time around, when the Golden Age of hip-hop was at its creative apex (around 1988-1992) because the 40-somethings are forever bemoaning the lack of creativity in rap music, living in the past, staving off middle-aged spread and living a less… Continue>

Now That's What I Call 80s Dance

Artist Various
Label Universal/ Sony
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By Felix Mensah | 21 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The extremely successful ‘Now’ franchise celebrates a fine selection of  80s dancefloor nuggets which back in the day got serious nightclub support in specialist ‘urban’ clubs and on radio formats. Continue>

All I Know

Artist Charley Macaulay
Label Acid Jazz
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By Felix Mensah | 21 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
The debut album of Southampton’s very own soul diva, Charley Macaulay, has been finally unleashed and is already picking up support from specialist soul jocks and radio formats. Continue>

Reality Provoking Liberation

Artist Apex Zero
Label Indie
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By Andrew Kay | 16 October 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
When I heard the first track on Apex Zero’s album, I was slightly taken aback, put off, in a way, by the in-your-face, angry, rapid-fire delivery. Continue>

Gritty, Groovy, & Gettin’ It

Artist David Porter
Label Ace/ Stax
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By Charles Waring | 23 August 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
David Porter’s name is inextricably linked to one of soul music’s biggest-ever stars - Isaac Hayes. Together with the bald-domed, deep-voiced Hayes, Porter scribed some of soul’s most immortal songs in the late-‘60s, ranging from Sam & Dave’s ‘Soul Man,’ and ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’’ to ‘B.A.B.Y.’ for Carla Thomas… Continue>

Nas Lost: A Tribute To The Little Homey (Book review)

Artist Byron Crawford
Label Smashwords
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By Andrew Kay | 20 August 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
Byron Crawford has forged a writing career honed out of a business degree leading him to dead-end jobs and the betrayal that getting a degree leads to better things in life. A controversial blogger for XXL magazine (which took the credibility mantle for  hip-hop journalism after The Source went do-lally),… Continue>

Body Music

Artist Aluna George
Label Island
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By Charles Waring | 17 August 2013
Published in: Album Reviews
This London-based R&B duo - comprising singer Aluna Francis and keyboardist/ producer George Reid - were tipped to be the next big thing at the beginning of this year and came second in the BBC’s influential ‘Sound Of 2013’ poll. After the excellent single, ‘Attracting Flies,’ released in March -… Continue>
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