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Reviews

A look back at Phife Dawg's show at London's Jazz Cafe 

Venue The Jazz Cafe, London
Date 18 March 2010
By Christopher Mitchell | 23 March 2016
Published in: Live Reviews
Honestly speaking, despite being a huge fan of Phife and A Tribe Called Quest as a collective, I went to this show with a sense of apprehension. There was no Q-Tip or Ali Shaheed Mohammad on the bill and its been ten years since Phife's last solo album so what… Continue>

Get It Going

Artist Billy Brandt with The Thing & The Stuff Jazz Band
Label Billy Brandt Music
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By Duncan Payne | 21 March 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
Billy Brandt? Who he? Unless you’re savvy around jazz circles or are a native of Seattle where he regularly performs in front of highly appreciative audiences, you could be forgiven for overlooking his music. Those in the know wax lyrical about his 2012 debut ‘The Ballad Of Larry’s Neighbor’ but… Continue>

Anti-Trap Music

Artist Horseshoe Gang
Label Seven 13 Music & Entertainment
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By Andrew Kay | 03 March 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
West Coast artists Horseshoe Gang have been around for several years, making a name for themselves as a credible force for the re-emerging Californian rap scene. Taking their inspiration from the likes of N.W.A and Outkast, they’ve made an album that’s Anti-Trap, but is infused with enough uniqueness-both in production… Continue>

The Day Life Began

Artist Regina Belle
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 20 February 2016
Published in: Album Reviews
A former high school trombonist, gospel-reared, golden-voiced Regina Belle was one of the bright new soul stars of the late '80s, scoring fifteen US R&B chart entries between 1987 and 1995 for Columbia Records, including two chart-topping singles, 'Baby Come To Me,' and 'Make It Like It Was.' She also… Continue>

'Concert In Blues'/'Color Her Sunshine

Artist WILLIE HUTCH
Label Soul Music Records/Caroline International
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By Charles Waring | 03 December 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Los Angeles-born soul auteur (he was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer) Willie Hutch is best remembered, perhaps, for his two funky 1970s 'blaxploitation' soundtracks, 'The Mack' and 'Foxy Brown,' both released on Motown. His other recordings for Berry Gordy's label (he cut eight LPs in all during the… Continue>

Spinners

Artist The Spinners
Label BBR
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By Charles Waring | 20 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
It's supremely ironic that the Spinners, a vocal group originally from Detroit and founded in the early1950s, should become the torchbearers for the Philly soul sound in the 1970s. Prior to this album - their first for Atlantic - the harmony quintet had spent nine, mostly fruitless, years at Berry… Continue>

Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976

Artist The Staple Singers
Label Universal/ Concord
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By Charles Waring | 20 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
It's a common misconception that the Staple Singers both began and ended their career at Stax Records during a fertile, hit-making spell between the late-'60s and mid-'70s. But as this superlative archival box set reveals, this venerable institution of Chicago gospel-soul was birthed some twenty years or so earlier at… Continue>

Duets - Love & Soul

Artist Teddy Pendergrass
Label Cleopatra
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By Duncan Payne | 10 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Hmmm, where to start? As an avid Philly Soul devotee and someone who ranks Teddy Pendergrass among one of his favourite singers of all-time, I fought desperately against any pre-conceived notions I had about this posthumous collection of twelve duets. Songs such as ‘Love TKO’, ‘Close The Door’, ‘Come Go… Continue>

Dream

Artist ANGIE STONE
Label Shanachie
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By Charles Waring | 10 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
It's been sixteen years since this honey-throated ex-Sequence and Vertical Hold singer originally from Columbia, South Carolina, released her debut solo platter, 'Mahoganny Soul,' an album that placed her firmly in the vanguard of the neo-soul movement alongside D'Angelo, Erykah Badu and Maxwell. A decade and a half on from… Continue>

'Reach For the Sky: The Change Anthology

Artist CHANGE
Label Groove Line
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By Charles Waring | 10 November 2015
Published in: Album Reviews
Without Chic there would have been no Change. Conceived in 1980 as a New York-based dance music studio ensemble by Guadeloupe-born  entrepreneur/producer Jacques Fred Petrus (who ran a production company called Little Macho), their music was closely modelled after Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards' chart-busting late-'70s disco act. Ever the… Continue>
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