Next up to take centre stage on Thursday 30th April as part of the POWLive Project is 2 times MOBO winner Yolanda Brown. Tickets for her Reggae Jazz tour can be purchased via link: http://t.co/7sN4rDeSoV
With a near full house of discerning fans, the South London raised soul siren Mica Paris gave an enormously impassioned and powerful performance as part of the POWLive Project concert series, not that I want make you jealous when you read this review – http://bit.ly/1xBMWVI you should have been there!
Back in February I spoke with UK rave and Breaks legend Adamski about his new alternative dance album ‘Revolt’. Centered around the traditional Viennese Waltz dance – a not so typical time signature, with weird and wonderful sound effects and special guests. Find out what he has to say about it all here: http://goo.gl/p6mYj9
One the eve of the passing of the world renowned dance music icon Frankie Knuckles Marcia DaVinylMC produced a special tribute to mark the 1st anniversary of his passing, with contributing guests from the world of Underground Dance. You can listen to it via this Mixcloud link: http://goo.gl/PMXdV8
There have been many inspired ideas and tributes to honour what Frankie meant to the Dance Underground – he touched many lives in numerous ways.
Music enthusiast and artist Richard Wilson, set about putting together a fundraiser in memory of the late Frankie Knuckles – http://rememberingfrankie.com/ an art fundraiser which goes towards helping men from African American and Hispanic backgrounds with HIV and other related symptoms. The Frankie Knuckles Fund was created by the Elton John Aids Foundation upon request of Judy Weinstein and DefMix Productions.
You could have a chance of owning this beautiful portrait by taking part in the fundraiser by making a donation of £5 or more to the JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/Southportgiveback
Here are a few gigs and events you ought to get yourself to over the next few weeks and months…
Pret A Ecouter Records – Bank Holiday Weekend Boat Party: 23.05.15
It’s a party on the River Thames and the Pret a Ecouter crew are back in the steering to bring you a fine night of enriching soulful Dance music with attitude. Tickets are selling fast but you might have time to still grab some via the link http://goo.gl/Ekvuqw and we’ll see you up on the deck.
Mi-Biza Closing Season party – 24.09.15. Presenting a host of Mi-Soul.com DJ’s, numerous pool parties with Faith, Garage City, Groove Odyssey, Deep Into Soul, Alfredo and Simply Salacious, as well as live PA’s from Barbara Tucker, Natasha Watts and other artists to be announced.
Book direct: http://goo.gl/3vvVwj
TMPR London is Bringing The Labels Together in the first of its kind of African excursions in Egypt. Between 5th – 8th November 2015 it’s a Party on the beach and in the Desert with Yoruba Records, BBE Music, R2 Records, Rhemi Music, In-Beat-Ween Music, Fifty Fathoms Deep and Atjazz Record Company.
5th -8th Nov 2015 Weekend Package!
5th – 12th Nov 2015 One Week Package!
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The Date with Osunlade, Greg Wilson, Johnny D (Henry St) + Residents at Plan B on Saturday 16th May 2015
Grab tickets via Resident Advisor: http://goo.gl/Xzoc6s
And lastly, if you’re in need of new music I’d recommend the new albums of José James, Jaidene Veda, David Lyttle, Hyleen Gil and Osunlade – reviewed below.
If you were expecting a banging sixty minute+ house album think again. Throughout this exceptional track list is a message aimed at (not purposely) those with mature ears readied for a dose of out right musicology – the kind of contemporary S.O.U.L. that floats my boat.
The Piscean Group was originally initiated and brought to life by Sir Robert and St Louis native, Osunlade – pianist, guitarist, bass player and singer – not many people know but he has a great tone, he’s also a world renowned DJ, and remixer.
Just when you may have thought he had reached his pinnacle and could not possibly better his past full-length projects: Peacock, A Man With No Past Originating The Future, Rebirth, Pyrography – my favourites of his eight studio albums to date, he turns out this.
His newest venture has been brewing for some time, and these well crafted results are something any musical-minded enthusiast will want to own a piece of.
Entitled ‘Original Soundtrack’ which is a journey inside the mind of this modern day musical genius – he really does qualify for such a tag. On this set of the eleven fresh compositions he leads. Conducting the sounds overall with a number of musicians, includes talented LA pianist Daniel Crawford. You might liken O to artists like Prince, James Brown, Funkadelic, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, even Marvin Gaye, and each of their styles is hinted at subtle subtly across a number of the album tracks.
Evocative, sensual, inspired as well as uplifting, the musical narrative here is at best deeply intricate, as it is funk heavy in places with a jazz time signature – the end result is polished yet raw. This is a thick intense stew, a rich collection; a masterpiece in every sense.
Taking you to the dance floor cuts Saint Louis Strut or Fairytale featuring Osunlade will give funkateers, breakers and body poppers something to flex their prize moves to. For the jazz nouveau heads they can pick from scores Funkbox ii, the Weather Report style of Ryan’s Song, plus the ode to the late Dr Maya Angelou – it’s a vibe of fire and desire that ends too quickly, but an aural delight nontheless. Rather scintillating, the Yoruba records boss’ vocals are an attractive provocation on the ballad Lover boy – obviously.
For Osunlade purists, expecting nothing less than sheer class from him is standard, of which this album definitely sticks out in its originality. It could also neatly attach itself to many a film score and be the article choice of backdrop in any upmarket fashion house. All you need do is keep this soundtrack on repeat, it’s an absolute essential. Available in 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital formats from 25.05.15 on UK indie R2 records.