Soul as a label has come to mean less and less since the 1990s. It became a byword for directionless warbling, the Mariah Carey school of flitting around the scales being incredibly dexterous vocally but lacking, ironically…soul.
Mercifully, this year has seen a much-welcomed rejuvination of the genre, seeing artists playing soul music which is recognisable as being in the same vein as classic Stax and Motown artists – the reason for this? They actually play musical instruments. Who’da thunk it?!
Lawrence Preston is a bassist, the much perennially unsung guitarist who is the glue which subtly binds so many classic songs. Having being tutored by Freddie Stone, of the legendary Sly and the Family Stone, he has mastered both the instrument and the art of song-writing. Though deftly written, Something for You is not drenched in overdubs and effects – it’s very much a case of less is more, allowing space for the music and the lyrics to breathe. Lawrence’s vocals are velvety smooth without being cloying or too saccharine – against, it’s so often about being economical with the music and having confidence in the song itself. We digress. Enjoy.
As you might expect from an artist sharing the name with that of a Greek God, Adonis is no ordinary musician. Writer, producer, arranger, musician and singer, Adonis is no fly-by-night on the scene – he has honed his craft over several years, and has worked alongside some legendary names in the music industry.
“My Different Lover” is the first single from his eagerly awaited album, “The Genies’ Out the Bottle” and perfectly showcases Adonis’ spiritual, positive philosophy and musical skills.
In an industry that increasingly relies on scandal and salaciousness, “My Different Lover” focuses on the spiritual love between two people, rather than lust. Taking influences classic Motown and soul and r&b from both 70s and 80s, the exhilarating production is enlivened by Adonis’ bass playing and multi-layered keyboards and vocals, giving a contemporary feel whilst still openly celebrating his influences.
Pre-order on I-Tunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-different-lover-single/id1287236160
UK hitmakers Soul II Soul also to star in award winning line-up
15th November, SSE Arena, Wembley
Featuring some of the greatest soul music and vocals ever written, this exciting November night will fill Wembley with soul thanks to the spectacular, star studded ‘Voices of Soul’ event. Headed by the legendary likes of Patti LaBelle, The Whispers and Soul II Soul, the line-up of award winning stars are preparing for this once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the house down at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The list of incredible talent on hand for the ‘Voices of Soul’, includes:
Grammy award winner Patti LaBelle
Soul II Soul
The S.O.S. Band
Almost too good to be true, this line-up is one that celebrates the beauty of soul music through the decades, and will make for an unbelievable night of entertainment and spectacle – all taking place at the ‘SSE Arena, Wembley, November 15th.
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Tickets: £50, £60, £75, £80, £100
Life affirming funk tune release on May 29th
Court Royal are a Liverpool/London based four piece who specialise in funk and soul laden pop, earning comparisons to the likes of Bruno Mars, Prince, Jamiroquai, Maroon 5 and George Clinton.
Their new single ‘Watch Yourself’, is further proof that they are hitting all the right notes in the UK music industry. Approached by a Sony producer who heard their music and wanted to get involved, he helped co-produce the single at Liverpool’s Motor Museum studios. This producer, who has previously recorded with Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, and Britney, loved working with the band so much that he has committed to helping out on future tracks as well.
In the meantime, ‘Watch Yourself’ is a grooving triumph, encouraging people to work for what they believe in despite what others think of their talents. It’s a positive message in a world that’s all too negative sometimes, and you can hear it for yourself here: https://soundcloud.com/court-royal-1/watchyourself-mastered-mp3cutnet
New indie single with a hint of soul set to hit on June 15th
Currently living in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – Yo are a rock band not afraid to make a statement. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and songwriting draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road. This latest single has been taken from the album this is the fun loving, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – with amazing punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a funky beat.
You can hear the track here:
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The single is taken from the album ‘Vagrancy’, an LP which demonstrates perfectly the versatile nature of Yo’s song writing. Songs such as ‘Shake It’ are seemingly built for the high energy of live performance, but other tracks on the album suit different environments. Whether chilling out at a festival, going for it on a club dance floor, jumping around at a live gig or relaxing in a local pub, there will be a song on this album which fits perfectly to every situation.
Altogether, it makes for a great hit, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.
Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.