Album Reviews

Saturday, 02 December 2017 00:24

The Band Called Oh - Guerrilla Gardening

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I really wanted to like The Band Called Oh (N) album more. Everything about it on paper ticks many of my personal creative boxes.

An album built around the concept of Guerrilla Gardening, a movement that sought to improve the urban decay of 60’s New York is certainly a brave and fascinating idea. One which weaves politics and ecology with form-shifting progressive pop, chimes with the distant echoes of soul music’s revolutionary battlecry and explores forward thinking “music as art” potential.

Monday, 27 November 2017 11:45

SOWECO - Keep On 


Written by Dave Franklin

If I was going to sum this album up in one word it would be “smooth.”

If I was pushed to expand on that, I’d probably go for “damn smooth!”

Okay, you are going to need more than that but smooth is certainly the watch word here and when you then realise that the band name is an acronym for “So West Coast” then it all makes sense. The west coast in question being that of sun kissed California and the vibe being so laid back that the band are virtually horizontal.

The album does take a bit of finding, especially if you want to dip your toes in its sonic waters before deciding whether you are going to commit to a purchase, in fact, it seems to have a subdued on line presence on par with that normally reserved for winners of The Voice!

However, once you do track it down, you are in for a real treat.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 09:46

Snoh Aalegra - Feels

Written by Dave Franklin
Music is the product of more than just the notes and the words that fashion its outer shell. It also carries the artistic DNA of its creator, it speaks of their life journey, and it also soaks up something of the place that it is made in. It is probably the most natural thing in the world to write smooth and vibrant music if you look out of the window and see the azure blue of the Pacific Ocean or the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean.

Snoh Aalegra, however, is proof, if proof were needed, that the cooler Scandinavian climes and the rain-soaked London streets can also influence music in a positive way.
Friday, 17 November 2017 08:35

Andy Pfeiler - Brain Boogie

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Funk and soul music has always been a genre known for carrying a message, one which if not always overtly political can often be termed social commentary. Its roots in the race struggles of 60’s American led artists such as Marvin Gaye, Cutis Mayfield and Sly and The Family Stone to become narrators of those troubled times and that relationship between the politics and the music remains ingrained.

The Nils Landgren Funk Unit sideman’s fifth album has plenty to say about what we are doing to the planet and what we are doing to each other but does so in a way that exudes hope for the future, brims with optimism and never preaches. No soapboxes where harmed in the making of this record.

No soapboxes where harmed in the making of this record.

Monday, 13 November 2017 15:39

Linn & Freddie - Right Here in The Middle

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Sonny & Cher.
Rufus & Chaka Khan.
Linn & Freddie.

If the third duo is new to you, then we've got a feeling you don't live in the Stockholm or are unfamiliar with the underground soul music scene in Sweden.

And that's why we're here!

Music maestro Freddie (aka Freddie Cruger / Red Astaire) and vocal songstress Linn (Linn Segolson) have released their long-awaited second album - Right Here in the Middle.
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 13:00

Tomi Malm - Walkin’ On Air

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When you have spent the last twenty years building a solid reputation as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and producer on a multitude of successful records, TV themes and multimedia scores, there is only one logical thing to do next. Release your own debut solo album.

And that is exactly what Walkin’ On Air is, a chance for the Finnish creator Tomi Malm to work without any brief, restrictions or considerations and the result is a glorious collection of songs that range from elegant jazz-infused pop grooves, smokey funk boogies, emotive and soaring ballads and a host of creative genre fusions.

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