Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Bandcamp of the day...........AJ Throwback - The Comeback

The Slakadeliqs

"The Other Side of Tomorrow by Slakah the Beatchild's alter ego The Slakadeliqs is the result of four years writing, experimenting and exploring different groups of musical influences than most would expect. If you like it... Share the Good Vibrations.  :)"

There is something quite special about this collection of songs, sitting as it does outside the mainstream. This may yet prove to be one of my favourite free downloads of 2012........

Al Green and Lamorris Williams

Interesting track and new single which I only heard last night whilst listening to Steve Jackson's show on Starpoint. I needed to do some research because frankly I wondered if it wasn't just a sample of the great one. Turns out its a brand new song, and thanks to blog TICS here is a rough encode to feast your ears....

Why isn't everybody playing this ?

Soundcloud of the day- Ahmed Sirour

The Glasper Remix contest (See This) got a last minute entry by non other than Ahmed Sirour , who worked a bit of magic with his Hathaway remix. It's another fantastic re imagination.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Strange Drums of the Day- Ruben Studdard

From his new CD due out on March 3rd

Soundcloud of the day Soul Desire feat. Karl Frierson

Lifted from the German Blog "Soul Guru"

Random: 1981 and all that.......

A  friend and in some ways leading light of the UK Modern Soul Scene Roger Williams is going through some changes. For quite some time (years in fact) he has been a champion of New Music. He has gathered quite a following through his "Soulsorts" brand. If I was asked to describe his take on new soul I'd describe it as "melodic", he likes a  proper tune does our Roger, and he has always cast his net wide. He's broken more tracks than a Chinese Railway worker, and if truth be told upset a few people along the way, perhaps because his confidence in his own taste has been seen by some as arrogance. I've never prescribed to this view, Roger takes it all to heart, he means it. He introduced me to some awesome music over the years more than I could ever begin to thank him for. I respect him. Of course on the other hand he represents a jumping off point for me personally, back in the day on EMS I'd seek both his approval and disapproval for what I posted. He was the litmus test of just how far I could push the envelope within the confines of the Modern Soul scene. If he approved of something then a few would follow and whenever I became the selfish indulgent "look at me, I know best" beast he left me hanging out to dry. Of course now I no longer care if I represent something. The Modern Soul scene isn't something I work within or am about. I always thought that scene became crowded when Starpoint Radio began to trawl through it and I reacted accordingly by becoming more extreme. Much of what I post on this blog remains outside of it. The vast majority of my posts here (=where I take them from) would not make Starpoint let alone a modern Soul Event. Still hey that's me. I take comfort in groups like Boiler,in the electronic, in Hip Hop, in beat making.

Despite the ever increasing homogenisation of the Modern Soul Scene, RW kept true to his idea of what represented Modern Soul. His monthly Soul Sorts podcasts gained a world wide audience and he never let his angle change. Unlike myself he never seemed bitter about those in his wake who stole his thunder, it was simply all about the music.
Roger Williams recently though has taken another track. He has been re visiting the music that got him into it in the first place. What makes this change special is that he manages to bring along his new soul sensibility to the old. In doing this he is about to create a whole new market. 

I wish him well. Soulsorts will continue as a brand with new music again. I'm sure of this because he often defined the genre which these days is so vague that it needs his sort of leadership.

But for now enjoy his oldie selections here:

In order to end this post I've just done a search of my drives using the term 1981, here is what I came up with.... (one of 578 tracks)

578 and I chose that one eh readers - I'm not much good at this lark really

: )

Odd Cover Version of the Day

????- Strange but rather wonderful from RG

And for contrast....

Robin Thicke Exhale cover

I've not mentioned the passing of Whitney Houston because frankly I wasn't much of a fan and I'm not one for great outpourings of grief. I think it's been covered enough elsewhere, suffice to say she seemed to mean a great deal to many people and served as an inspiration.  

As a tribute I think Robin Thicke has served up a first class example....

Monday, 20 February 2012

Soundrotation of the day

After a short rest soundrotation is back -posting up a rather lovely selection of music for us all to enjoy. Pay them a visit and say I sent you...  : )

Here is a nice post from the site.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Toby (of Inverse)

I like Inverse, Sunny California is a real gem of a couple of years ago listen to it here.

So this track by Toby caught my notice, it's from a recent EP and it's rather nice.

Raheem Devaughn

Brand new and classy.

Get it here:

More Bandcamp- Miles Bonny x B.Lewis

Top class stuff:

Bandcamp of the day...........Peter Hadar

Hadar back on the radar....

Soundcloud of the day Brother Ali ft Phonte & Stokley Williams

Monday, 13 February 2012

Do for you - Jonny Sass(produced by mez)

Thanks to Moovmnt..............

Bandcamp of the day Diggs Duke

This is a collection of 4 Herbie Hancock songs converted by Diggs Duke into 3 arrangements 

(in tribute to the legendary composer/pianist). 

Boiler room special

Many thanks to Jinga Willis, Daniel Hermann Collini, Jay Scarlett....

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Soundcloud of the day-Robert Glasper feat KING-More 6/8th's Love(TBGRemix)

While we wait on the CD of the year- TBG makes a special track just a little bit more special... Thanks to Jay Scarlett (once again) for the heads up

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bandcamp of the day...........Keepin' On ft. Substantial, Obii Say & Kitty Wong

Odd Cover Version of the Day

London Starlet Jess Mills does a job on the old Roy Davis Jnr staple "Gabriel"... (?)

Mixcloud of the day- Ter'ell Shahid

Thanks to Chris Crates for flagging this up

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Soundcloud of the day- Yuna

Quite special produced by Pharrell and very Neptunes sounding track from the Malaysian singer-songwriter... real grower....and it's been right up there on my playlist.