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Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society

American musician and songwriter Esperanza Spalding releases her fourth studio album on Heads Up International. Having been schooled in jazz in some of the best learning establishments in America, Esperanza showed noticeable talent and has...

Review posted on 19th April 2012

Dj Format - Statement of Intent

Dj Format - Statement of Intent

Matt Ford aka DJ Format is back with his third album 'Statement of Intent' on Project Blue Book Records. There's no doubt Format is a true DJ talent, dropping hip hop beats and break beat...

Review posted on 21st February 2012

Speech Debelle - Freedom Of Speech

Speech Debelle - Freedom Of Speech

The talented Speech Debelle returns with new album 'Freedom Of Speech', her second album following her Mercury prize winning debut 'Speech Therapy'. It was certainly a great victory for hip hop seeing Speech Debelle receive...

Review posted on 21st February 2012

Fabric - #62 DJ Sneak

Fabric - #62 DJ Sneak

Fabric Records are back with a new collection, this time showcasing the impressive and experienced talents of DJ Sneak! Any lover of house music may well have heard of DJ Sneak, whose impressive contribution to...

Review posted on 8th February 2012

Mungo’s Hi Fi - Forward Ever

Mungo’s Hi Fi - Forward Ever

Mungo's Hi Fi is a sound system based in Glasgow, Scotland, which follows the original Jamaican Sound System tradition. 'Forward Ever' is third album release on Scotch Bonnet and gaining more exposure from tours and...

Review posted on 8th February 2012

The Fantastics - The Wardrobe

The Fantastics - The Wardrobe

I heard the Fantastics were playing at The Wardrobe in Leeds through the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show. Quite enamoured by their recent album 'All The People' and keen to see local girl Sulene...

Review posted on 7th February 2012

Jill Scott - The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1

Jill Scott - The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1

When receiving this album I was a little surprised to be reviewing another Jill Scott album so soon to her last release 'The Light Of The Sun'. However, with a little investigation I soon realised...

Review posted on 7th February 2012

Classified - Handshakes And Middle Fingers

Classified - Handshakes And Middle Fingers

Canadian rapper Luke Boyd aka Classified releases his second major album release 'Handshakes And Middle Fingers' on Sony Music Canada; however, this is his fourteenth release on his own production label Half Life Records, highlighting...

Review posted on 7th February 2012

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings release their fifth studio album on Daptone Records. Certainly a band well known in music circles due to their first rate musicianship and professionalism that is dedicated to a...

Review posted on 7th February 2012

Prince - Dance 4 Me

Prince - Dance 4 Me

Prince is back! Prince doesn't need much introduction: a man who's produced thirty Top 40 singles, released ten platinum albums - selling over 90 million copies and earning seven Grammys. it says it all really!...

Review posted on 7th February 2012

Southport Weekender - Vol. 9 Mixed by Mr Scruff & DJ Spinna

Southport Weekender - Vol. 9 Mixed by Mr Scruff & DJ Spinna

Southport Weekender release Vol. 9 to their already respected back catalogue of quality mixes. The SPW family celebrate their 25th Anniversary in May 2012 held at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead. It's a great achievement...

Review posted on 26th January 2012

Crazy P - When We On

Crazy P - When We On

Crazy P are back with a new album 'When We On' signed to 2020 Vision. Crazy P are certainly a favourite for many listeners of house, disco and soul music, with their unique live band...

Review posted on 12th January 2012

SMOD - SMOD

SMOD - SMOD

SMOD are a trio comprising of Sam and his friends Ousco and Dronsky and used to feature Mouzy's (until his departure) that made the name SMOD. Sam's parents are actually well known musicians: Amadou and...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Ras G - Down 2 Earth

Ras G - Down 2 Earth

Well known LA hip hop producer Ras G brings another assemble of bits and pieces with 'Down 2 Earth', displaying a true reflection of hip hop production. 'Down 2 Earth' consists of 21 tracks, some...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Lack Of Afro - This Time

Lack Of Afro - This Time

Adam Gibbons aka Lack Of Afro, is multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has a variety of work available to him. This is Adam's 3rd album and 'This Time' displays a host of influences, providing shades of...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Randa & The Soul Kingdom - What You Need

Randa & The Soul Kingdom - What You Need

Randa & The Soul Kingdom release their second album 'What You Need' on Freestyle Records. Hailing from Perth, Australia, they take on funk, soul, rare-groove with the all the enthusiasm of lovers of this sound....

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Grupo X - As The Hills Go By

Grupo X - As The Hills Go By

Funky outfit Grupo X, from colourful and creative Yorkshire, create 'As The Hills Go By' on Loft Recordings. Indeed there is a lot of genuine love of funk, soul and rare groove coming from these...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Push - Wardrobe, Leeds, 25th Nov, 2011

Push - Wardrobe, Leeds, 25th Nov, 2011

PUSH is one of the most well-known bands in the UK in the funk, soul and rare groove scene, having played and pioneered styles of funk back in the Acid Jazz days, all the way...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Captain Planet - Cookin Gumbo

Captain Planet - Cookin Gumbo

Charlie Bethel (aka Captain Planet) releases 'Cookin Gumbo' on Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz Recordings. As his previous releases fused Latin, African and Indian sounds with his hip hop production sensibilities to produce progressive and upbeat...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

The Fantastics - All The People

The Fantastics - All The People

The Fantastics release 'All The People' on Freestyle Records. This album features upcoming vocalist Sulene Fleming who certainly delivers great vocals on this album. The mix of sounds encompasses soul, blues, funk rock, afrobeat, latin...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

Sunlightsquare - Britannia Shing-A-Ling

Sunlightsquare - Britannia Shing-A-Ling

Sunlightsquare is the brainchild of Italian pianist and composer Claudio Passavanti, who handpicked a host of talented musicians, to create a live album project recorded purposefully with very limited technology to produce a classic...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

Deep Street Soul - Look Out Watch Out

Deep Street Soul - Look Out Watch Out

Australian band Deep Street Soul are certainly keeping the funk alive and well down under with 'Look Out Watch Out', released on Freestyle Records. This hard hitting, raw and stripped down funk band are keeping...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

Push - Band On A Mission

Push - Band On A Mission

UK band PUSH is back with a new album, 'Band On A Mission' on Push Records. Indeed PUSH have been playing funk, rare groove and soul-jazz for a long time, from the 'Talking Loud' days...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

Emika - Emika

Emika - Emika

Emika releases her self-titled debut 'Emika' on Ninja Tunes. Born in UK but from Czech heritage she has spent much of her time exploring sound in Bristol. She currently lives in Berlin, fitting for an...

Review posted on 8th November 2011

Grey Reverend - Of The Days

Grey Reverend - Of The Days

Brooklyn based musician L.D Brown AKA Grey Reverend releases his debut album 'Of The Days' on new label Motion Audio, the label being the brainchild of Jason Swinscoe from The Cinematic Orchestra, supported by Ninja...

Review posted on 8th November 2011

Michael Franti and Spearhead - The Sound Of Sunshine

Michael Franti and Spearhead - The Sound Of Sunshine

Michael Franti is certainly an inspiration to many, with a back catalogue of music that seems from the early days of hip hop to his contribution with Spearhead has influenced countless people. His conscious rhetoric...

Review posted on 2nd November 2011

Little Roy - Battle For Seattle

Little Roy - Battle For Seattle

Influential and pioneering Jamaican artist Little Roy release the new album 'Battle For Seattle'. Little Roy's career is certainly prolific within reggae music, having worked with great reggae artists such as The Wailers and Lee...

Review posted on 27th October 2011

Limetree Festival - 26th/27th/28th August 2011, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire

Limetree Festival - 26th/27th/28th August 2011, Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire

Limetree Festival celebrates its 5th year, located in the rural area of Grewelthorpe, near Ripon in North Yorkshire. Anyone who has been to Yorkshire can guess that the site of Limetree is green, hilly and...

Review posted on 4th October 2011

Asa - Beautiful Imperfection

Asa - Beautiful Imperfection

Nigerian singer Asa releases her second album 'Beautiful Imperfection' on Naïve. Born in Paris and having crafted herself there, her influences of great artists such as Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq...

Review posted on 22nd September 2011

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Sade - The Ultimate Collection

Sade - The Ultimate Collection

Sade release 'The Ultimate Collection' showcasing a chronological history of hit tracks and some previously unreleased material for the delight of many fans. It's clear listening to this two disc compilation how memorable their hits...

Review posted on 22nd September 2011

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