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the best albums and singles around - september 2020


steve arrington - the joys of love / good mood


Steve Arrington





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kem - lonely / brooklyn groove machine - deja vu


KemBrooklyn Groove Machine




kem - lonely




brooklyn groove machine - deja vu (saxy radio mixes)


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gregory porter - all rise (album) - terrace martin - freeze tag


Gregory PorterTerrace Martin



modern day apprentice



everything you touch is gold 




freeze tag


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the best albums and singles around - august 2020


ledisi - the wild card (album) / tracy cruz - your love's everything


LedisiTracy Cruz




wake up (feat. sa-roc)


tracy cruz - your love's everything


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the best albums and singles around - july 2020


synthonic - do you remember / thom bell - philly soul arrangements and productions 1965-1978


SynthonicThom Bell




synthonic - do you remember



the courtships - it's the same old love (thom bell) 


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the best albums and singles around - june 2020


john legend - bigger love / ceelo green - is thomas calloway


John LegendCeeLo Green




remember us - john legend




you gotta do it all - ceelo green


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chris jasper - for the love of you / bluey - you are the one / don-e - doin' it for love


Chris JasperBlueyDon-e




for the love of you - chris jasper



bluey - you are the one



don-e - doin' it for love 


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the best albums and singles around - may 2020


leven kali - hightide


Leven Kali




day after the rain


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the best albums and singles around - april 2020


young gun silver fox - canyons / tower of power - step up!


Young Gun Silver FoxTower Of Power



who needs words




addicted to you


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atmosfear - dios:2020






- released on 22nd April 2020 ('Earth Day') -


ATMOSFEAR emerged from the ‘Brit-­‐Funk’ scene along with Light of the World, Incognito, Freeez, Linx, Hi-­Tension, Level 42, Central Line, Shakatak and others . . .

The timeless 1979 debut single ‘Dancing in Outer Space’, a certified jazz-­‐funk classic from this legendary UK band, sits at the pinnacle of the 1980s underground dance scene. It went on to become a massive global influence. In the USA, the track had huge support from the New York club scene. Venues such as the mythic ‘Studio 54’, ‘Paradise Garage’, and ‘The Loft’ by the likes of Larry Levan and David Mancuso.


An instantly recognisable anthem, ‘Dancing in Outer Space’ is just as fresh today as it was when it was first released.




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lindsey webster - a woman like me / eric roberson - hear from here


Lindsey WebsterEric Roberson




lindsey webster - one step forward




lindsey webster - close to you




eric roberson - soft like you


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the best albums and singles around - march 2020


rasheed ali - love soul and devotion / diamond ortiz - classy chassis


Rasheed AliDiamond Ortiz




rasheed ali - til the end of time


The last release in the 1968 series of releases from Rasheed. Much more of a mellow release, with 'Til The End Of Time' outstanding to these old ears. Probably, the best in the series. It is available from CD Baby here:


On Digital Rajn Factory Records.




diamond ortiz - stacey


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ben williams - i am a man / pat metheny - from this place


Ben WilliamsPat Metheny



ben williams - if you hear me



pat metheny - same river




pat metheny - from this place


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the best albums and singles around - february 2020


the devonns - the devonns / izo fitzroy - how the mighty fall / durand jones and the indications - young americans


The DevonnsIzo FitzroyDurand Jones



the devonns



izo fitzroy - blind faith



izo fitzroy - give me a moment 




durand jones and the indications - young americans


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the best albums and singles around - january 2020


portrait - afro trees / various artists - luxury soul 2020


PortraitLuxury Soul 2020


For the first review of 2020, I am looking at the only album sent to this house in a vinyl only format in 2019! Props first of all to Balu Matthews for sending me this great start to the new year. L.A. based group, Portrait, have been part of the Soul Scene for nearly 27 years now. That is an amazing fact in itself. Formed in 1993, (and featuring the original group line up of Eric Kirkland, Irving Washington III, Michael Angelo Saulsberry and Phillip Johnson), I believe that this new set ‘Afro Trees’ is Portrait’s sixth studio album. Having them all here showcases the fact....well...I really like this group. I fact, 2020’s line-up features two of the original members, and  newcomers, namely, Michaelangelo Saulsberry and Phillip Johnson along with the new group members, Ruben Cruz (former lead singer of R&B band Po' Broke 'N Lonely?) and Les Whittaker ( LAW ).

The lead-in single, from ‘Afro Trees’ is the mellow tune, ‘In The Moment’. Portrait’s harmonies are in full effect here, and it was this aspect of the band which won me over in the first place back in 1993.
‘Afro Trees’ is a twelve track album (which I have to say, has been beautifully pressed onto vinyl), with an even divide to both sides. The cover is nicely presented as well.

The opener ‘Describe You’ has an infectious, easy, groove. Really like this tune. Even better is the track ‘Love Song’, which won me over instantly, as the guys utilise Kool and the Gang’s track ‘Summer Madness’, from their ‘Light Of The Worlds’ album from 1974. I have lost count how many times this song has underpinned a Soul or Jazz song, however, Portrait’s faithful use really does enhance the track, (which has become my favourite song on the album). Great way to start the new year. I really like the uptempo ‘Give Away My Love’, which really creeps up on the listener. Definitely, a grower. ‘Cum Over’ follows similar lines, whilst ‘Godda Have It All’ features vocal assistance from PJ Demark and Johnny Britt (from the group Imprompt2), and is another winner. All told, if you are looking for an album which is quality from track one to track twelve, then this is an album for you. If you know Portrait’s music, you will want to add this to your collection. A real blessed relief from ‘turgid radio’ in 2020, showcasing great harmonies and songwriting. The New Year is shaping up very nicely, melodically.




luxury soul 2020


Really look forward to this triple CD release each January. This album is the best of this long running series. Many of the tracks I have played in my show over the last year. The link below will give you a link to each track from this release. All told, you could place your cursor on any of this tunes. Every one a winner as they say....


Luxury Soul 2020


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