Category Archives: Nu Soul

DJ VADIM AND SENA-GROW SLOW.

DJ VADIM AND SENA-GROW SLOW. Ten years ago, Sena and her band made long the journey from Accra in Ghana, to Budapest, Hungary to play at a festival. Sena never thought anything of it at the time when she agreed to the booking. Granted she was excited to be playing at such a prestigious festival. …

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BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION.

BEATSPOKE-THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION. It’s been eleven years since Josh Fontan and Sarah Gessler formed Beatspoke in 2004. Since then, singer Sarah Gessler and beat maker and producer have released two albums as Beatspoke. Their debut album No Rush was released to critical acclaim in 2009. It caught the imagination of critics, and was …

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STEPHANIE NICOLE-SOULOUTIONARY ONE.

STEPHANIE NICOLE-SOULOUTIONARY ONE. Over the last fifteen years, music has been transformed beyond recognition. Everything from the way we consume music to how it’s delivered has changed. Nowadays, many people to music on the move. It’s reduced to mere background music, an incidental soundtrack to the drudgery of daily life. This soundtrack is delivered via …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1. RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.  Previously, Rodrigo Amarante was part of one of the most successful Brazilian bands of all time, Los Hermanos. However, this year, he embarked upon his solo career. His debut solo album Cavalo, was released in May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. Cavalo shows a new …

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MEGA JAWNS-LITTLE LADY.

MEGA JAWNS-LITTLE LADY. Nowadays, there aren’t many bands that manage to record an album in a week. Instead, some bands take years to record an album. Partly, that’s down to the way albums are recorded. Forty years ago, the only way to record an album, was in a recording studio. That  cost money. So, the …

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MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME.

MEGA JAWNS-TEN LETTERS FROM HOME. From the day Bernie Lowe and Karl Mann founded Cameo Records in 1956, Philadelphia was on its way to becoming one of America’s musical capitals. Throughout the sixties, Philly’s reputation as a musical centre of excellence grew. This was in part down to a trio of songwriters and producers, known …

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TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS.

TRUE INGREDIENTS-THROUGH THE LENS. Over the last few years, the music industry has been forces to reinvent itself. There’s many reasons for this. This includes the way people consume and buy albums. Gone are the days of the vinyl, when it was a case of immersing yourself in the music. You sat and studied the …

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TRICKY D-EQUANIMITY.

TRICKY D-EQUANIMITY. Dean Bagar has done just about everything in music. He’s managed bands, founded record labels, owned a record shop, DJ-ed and worked as a producer. Back in 2000, Dean collaborated with General Electrick and DJ Deckar as Fab Factory. They released several singles and an album. However, the one thing Dean hadn’t done …

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MONICA AZULL-I LIKE IT.

MONICA AZULL-I LIKE IT. I Like It. That’s not just the title of Monica Axull’s new single, but what anyone whose heard the single so far, thinks of it. Monica Azull many people believe, is a star in the waiting.  She looks like she’s on the cusp of a successful career. She’s come a long …

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LADY DAISEY-IN MY HEADPHONES.

LADY DAISEY-IN MY HEADPHONES. Previously, Lady Daisey’s music has been described as: “sunshine for your soul.” That might seem like hype or hyperbole. It’s not. From the moment you press play On Lady Daisey’s new album In My Headphones, you’re captivated. Powerful, sultry, seductive, soulful and sassy, describes Lady Daisey’s voice. The thirteen tracks on …

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BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 2.

BAMALOVESOUL PRESENTS ON DECK 2.  For anyone in Alabama who loved their music music soulful, there was no alternative to the steady diet of mainstream R&B local radio stations fed them. It was a case of Hobson’s choice. That’s until Roderick Moody decided to shake things up. Roderick, whose better known as DJ Rahdu is known …

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ALGEBRA BLESSETT-RECOVERY.

ALGEBRA BLESSETT-RECOVERY.  It was six years ago, that Atlanta born soul singer Algebra Blessett released her debut album Purpose. It was produced by Kedar Massenburg who previously, produced India Arie and D’Angelo. On its release in 2008, Purpose was released to critical acclaim. Comparisons were drawn with India Arie and Erykay Badu. Critics forecast great …

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HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE.

HARTLEY AND WOLFE-BESPOKE FUTURE. Last year, DJ Vadim released his tenth solo album, the critically acclaimed Don’t Be Scared. One of the singles from Don’t Be Scared was I’m Feelin’ U, which featured Essex’s finest purveyor of all things soulful, Greg Blackman. Now a year later, DJ Vadim and Greg Blackman are about to release …

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JAZZ P-IN MY HEART.

JAZZ P-IN MY HEART. In My Heart, which was recently released on Kingoloti Records, introduced the wider world to Jazz P, Swaziland’s First Lady of Hip Hop. Jazz P was always going to be a singer-songwriter. That was never in doubt. She’s been writing songs since the age of five. Brought up on a diet …

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ANERAH YASOLE-IDENTIFICATION E.P.

ANERAH YASOLE-IDENTIFICATION E.P. It’s been a while since we last heard from Offering Recordings. At last, the wait is over. They return with one of their best releases so far, Anerah Yasole’s debut E.P. Identification which will be released soon. Identification is a seven-track E.P. This includes six versions of Fazer Amor, which features the …

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GINA CAREY-MY SUNSHINE.

GINA CAREY-MY SUNSHINE. Back on 31st January 2013, Gina Carey released the ninth album of her career. This was Gina Carey…The Songbird. To coincide with Gina Carey…The Songbird’s release, Hey Mr was released was the lead single. Now two months later, Gina Carey releases the second single from Gina Carey…The Songbird My Sunshine. My Sunshine …

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GINA CAREY…THE SONGBIRD.

GINA CAREY…THE SONGBIRD. Recently, I interviewed American soul singer Gina Carey, ahead of the release of her ninth album, Gina Carey…The Songbird. During that interview, Gina spoke of how Gina Carey…The Songbird is the start of a new chapter in her seventeen year career. With a new manager guiding her career, the future looks bright …

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IT’S A NEW BEGINNING FOR GINA CAREY…THE SONGBIRD.

IT’S A NEW BEGINNING FOR GINA CAREY…THE SONGBIRD. 31st January 2013 marks the next chapter in Gina Carey’s seventeen year career, when Gina Carey…The Songbird is released. Gina Carey…The Songbird is the ninth album of Gina’s career, and her sixth soul album. This is the start of a new chapter in the career of Gina …

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BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2012 PART TWO-JUNE TO DECEMBER.

BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2012 PART TWO-JUNE TO DECEMBER. JOHNICK-YOU KNOW HOW WE DEW. One of the most eagerly awaited compilations of 2012, was JohNick’s You Know How We Dew, released by BBE Music in August 2012. You Know How We Dew was a double-album featuring twenty-two tracks from Johnick, Johnny D’s collaboration with Nicky Palermo. …

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6 OF THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2012.

6 OF THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2012. As 2012 reaches its final few days, and a new musical year beckons, it’s time to look back at the best music released during 2012. Over the next few days, I’ll look back at the best compilations, reissues and new releases. Before that, I’ll pick what I …

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