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Reviews

Lady Wray

Venue CLF Art Cafe, Peckham, London
Date 12th November 2016
By Andrew Kay | 17 November 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Down on London’s Southside there’s a soul music explosion. Harking back to the 80s/90s warehouse parties, this is an all-night soul affair from The South London Soul Train collective, and I hitched a ride tonight for a night to cook up moments of sweet nostalgia. Continue>

Soul Togetherness Presents The Spirit Of Philadelphia Volume 4

Artist Various
Label Expansion
Sheep Score
By Duncan Payne | 22 October 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
The first of these highly desirable CDs came out back in 2002 with the third volume coming out five years ago. With the expected long wait for another edition finally over, could Expansion deliver another excellent set of Modern Soul gems, obscurities and string-laden Soulful Disco tracks from the City… Continue>

Veteran (EP)

Artist Tone Chop & Frost Gamble
Label Seven 13 Music & Entertainment
Sheep Score
By Andrew Kay | 08 October 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
I confess: I hadn’t heard of Tone Chop & Frost Gamble before this EP came to me. Clearly influenced by the much lauded “Golden Era” of hip-hop.  The halcyon days where every album and 12” single was one of quality, where lyrics meant something and competition was fierce and rappers… Continue>

UK Fresh 2016

Venue Qube, Victoria, London
Date 1st October 2016
By Andrew Kay | 06 October 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
U.K Fresh ’86 has become the watchword for U.K hip-hop vicariousness: were you there? Did you witness it? Was it as legendary as people say it was?  To be honest, I was 13 when I went, and mostly what I can remember is sitting in the front row and witnessing… Continue>

Lowkey

Venue The Rainbow, Birmingham
Date 22nd September 2016
By Mark Devlin | 23 September 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Returning to tour after a four-year hiatus - one of which was spent on activist work in Palestine - the biggest question about Lowkey's series of comeback gigs was whether his time away would have affected his draw in the fast-moving world of hip-hop, or whether he remains the type… Continue>

Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Venue The Garage, Highbury, London
Date 2nd September 2016
By Andrew Kay | 04 September 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
I was shocked to realise that it had actually been 25 years since I last saw Pete Rock and C.L Smooth live. That was in May 1992 at the Hammersmith Palais  (a venue now replaced by a homogenized chain gym). The crowd at the Palais was a nervous, energetic sort… Continue>

Rainy Night In Georgia: The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's

Artist Brook Benton
Label Real Gone
Sheep Score
By Charles Waring | 22 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Between 1959 and 1970, resonant-voiced South Carolina crooner, Brook Benton (real name was Benjamin Franklin Peay) hit a fertile purple patch, notching up thirty-two US R&B chart entries, including seven numbers ones. Six of those were for the Mercury label and included two duets with sassy jazz-blues diva, Dinah Washington… Continue>

Forty Classic Soul Sides

Artist The Delfonics
Label Real Gone
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By Charles Waring | 22 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Siblings William and Wilbert Hart along with Randy Cain (later replaced by Major Harris) epitomised the candy floss, symphonic Philly soul sound of the late '60s and early '70s. Their lush orchestral sound was created by writer/arranger/producer Thom Bell, whose fruitful liaison with the Philly threesome produced a series of… Continue>

Masta Ace

Venue Xoyo, London
Date 10th May 2016
By Andrew Kay | 20 August 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Masta Ace has a carved a niche out for himself in the world of hip-hop. An independent, with an abundance of talent, his embryonic beginning happened under the Marley Marl ‘In Control’ banner in the late 80s. That didn’t work out- Ace has never really been a company man, unless… Continue>

Lewis Taylor

Artist Lewis Taylor
Label Island/Caroline International
Sheep Score
By Joanna Chaundy | 11 August 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Back in 1996,London-born auteur and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Taylor was heralded as thenew great white hope of blue-eyed UK soul music. Going against the stylisticgrain of mid-'90s R&B, Taylor's self-titled debut platter for Island - withits strong '70s Marvin Gaye overtones, seraphic layered harmonies and dense,stratified sonic textures - certainly stood… Continue>
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