Myron and E with the Soul Investigators ‘It’s A Shame’

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 17 February 2010

There’s an obvious play on the Spinners original here, but that doesn’t mean that these folks don’t create a serious stomper all their own. I first got hipped to Myron & E through Chris in my current DJ collective.

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C Brooks and The Uptown Sound

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By Dave Mata in New Music on Wednesday 20 January 2010

Joining the ranks of soul revivalist groups such as El Michels Affair and The Dap Kings are Chicago’s own The Uptown Sound. Fronted by the charismatic JC Brooks, this group channels equal parts grimy garage and butter drenched R&B. Spanish label Vampi Soul released this sharply packaged 45 just a few weeks ago, and neither […]

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Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul Revue

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By Dave Mata in New Events on Monday 12 October 2009

chicago based label numero group do it right: their packaging, the selection, and the attention to detail are beyond the comprehension of any casual music listener. I had the pleasure of attending last April’s Eccentric Soul revue at Chicago’s Park West, and honestly, I had never witnessed anything like it before in my life.

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Erykah Badu

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By Huna Amweero in New Music on Monday 1 December 2008

When I was little, for reasons I can no longer remember, I wanted to be Catwoman. A little older and appreciating the impracticalities of such an outfit, I’ve decided to be Erykah Badu, instead. On the Spanish leg of her recent European tour she rocked the crowd with her funky dance moves and a set […]

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Tom Waits live in concert

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Saturday 16 August 2008

There are probably only a handful of artists in the world now that are a genre unto themselves; so idiosyncratic that they get their own special unit in the CD rack. Such is the case with Tom Waits, who lies somewhere across the normally clear boundary between rusty, stripped down blues and a musical product of the nuthouse. What makes him so interesting is that the root of the music isn’t so obviously the influence of a batch of seminal artists but instead the crazed inner workings of his own mind, which he has managed to adapt and project onto a market now so polluted with squeaky clean, ordinary music.

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Beth Rowley

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By Kate Suters in New Music on Wednesday 9 July 2008

Twenty-six year old Beth Rowley hails from Bristol, England, but her smoky gospel style creates a beautifully mysterious impression of a dark diva from yesteryear, sashaying across a small stage to a packed crowd. Her debut album Little Dreamer is an enchanting mesh of country, blues and gospel that draws heavily on Rowley’s talents as […]

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Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold

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By Derrick Stembridge in New Music on Thursday 12 June 2008

Sam Sparro has been causing quite the buzz in the UK with his top five album debut, heavy BBC Radio 1 airplay, and a big thumbs-up from Mark Ronson (who brought him on stage recently at the Coachella Festival) and Chaka Khan (‘Damn, that white boy can sing’).

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Jamie Lidell gets fresh, again

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 28 May 2008

With his dazzling electro-soul-jazz fusion, Jamie Lidell is quite the showman. He has a new album out — the dryly named Jim — and a head full of sparkling melodies to share. So we stopped him in his tracks for a chat.

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Amy Winehouse re-released

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By Kate Suters in New Music on Wednesday 28 May 2008

For those who missed the amazing debut album of Amy Winehouse, you’re in luck. They’ve just re-released Frank in it all its award-winning glory, with extra bonuses such as unreleased tracks, B-sides, original demos and live performances.

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Jamie Lidell’s Little Bit Feel Good

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By Zolton in Video on Thursday 15 May 2008

Oh man, this is good. If Jamie Lidell was born in any earlier era, he would have soul brother number one plastered all over his birth certificate.

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Duffy’s Rockferry

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By Kate Suters in New Music on Tuesday 15 April 2008

It may have been a bad move on my behalf to play the soulful tracks of Duffy for the first time at 9:30 this morning.

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Barry Adamson

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By Zolton in New Music on Saturday 12 April 2008

We’re big fans of the diverse musical output of Barry Adamson, so we caught up with him for a chat.

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Erykah Badu Did It Again

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Music on Wednesday 2 April 2008

Have you listened to Erykah Badu’s album New Amerykah yet?

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Arthur Lee’s Love

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By Erick Jackson - Apes in Video on Wednesday 20 February 2008

Arthur Lee’s band Love combines it all: R&B, rock, folk-rock, and garage, with odd, dark lyrics.

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Interview with Duffy (no vampire slayer)

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Wednesday 6 February 2008

If Dusty Springfield and Bryan Ferry had a love child, if their paths has crossed ever so briefly in some sketchy Soho warehouse, it would be Welsh chanteuse, Duffy. We sat down with her recently to see what makes her tick, tick, tick: Bar a few bands, Wales isn’t renowned for its music. How did you develop an enthusiasm and confidence without that solid bedrock that would drive artists in places like Manchester, Liverpool and London? ‘Just out of desire. I really wanted to do it, but I’m still trying to find confidence. I just wanted to make a record and be a part of the music culture. But where I grew up, I felt I had to keep all this to myself because other people were only going to disagree. I prefer to never tell somebody something than have them disagree with me’.

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