Tag Archives: soul

‘Calling Card’ title track out from new Magazine Gap EP

With a new EP out next week (25th November), Magazine Gap are a trio with a plan. First, they have established their credentials as a top notch funk-soul band with previous singles ‘What’s That About?’ and ‘Body Language’. And now, with the EP very close on the horizon, they have released the video for the excellent title track ‘Calling Card’.

Carrying on their trend of well written and produced tracks full of verve and energy, ‘Calling Card’ once again shows why Magazine Gap’s decision to ride the funk wagon was a good one. Clearly all experienced musicians in their own right, the three members knit together to form a tight package which really complements their genre. There’s plenty more where this video comes from, and more on the way, so click here to get the full skinny.

Brand new pop music – Dale McKay EP ‘Here and Now’ coming Sept 16th

There are already many people who have come across up and coming pop songwriter Dale McKay, but for the uninitiated now is the perfect time to discover him. Having already been talked up locally and nationally by BBC Introducing, his new EP ‘Here and Now’ hits the shelves (figuratively speaking) on September 16th.

With an acoustic foundation which expands into classy, catchy, song-writerly pop, his sound is immediately accessible and packed with relatable lyrics. ‘Make You Happy’ (above) is taken from the EP and gives a glimpse as to what you can expect.

 

Voodoo Dancer single – ‘Forever Girl’

Apparently inspired by 80s pop legends Spandau Ballet and Blow Monkeys, Voodoo Dancer are a collective from New York who specialise in a lovely smooth blend of soul music and straight up pop. Single ‘Forever Girl’ has been well received, and the track has now been remixed and made club-ready by dance specialist Eric Kupper.

The new mix is out now (iTunes), and builds from a subtle start to an epic, atmospheric tune to which you can imagine many a club-goer throwing their hands in the air like they just don’t care. If you like dance music and appreciate good pop, this is a great intro to Voodoo Dancer.

Rachel Johnson looks to break through with ‘Safe Island’ single

It’s a well-known fact that, even in this internet age where any talented artist can get their music online, there is still a substantial glass ceiling when it comes to being a real success in the music industry. In spite of all the new tools and avenues to making your own music, the fact remains the same as its ever been – ‘making it’ relies on being in the right place, at the right time and being heard by the right people.

However, some artists immediately present themselves as a full package which the ‘industry’ would be silly to ignore. Take Rachel Johnson as an example. A young lady with a vocal that is far more mature than her years, it seems from her YouTube channel that she has won over many a crowd with her soulful acoustic pop. And now, we’re hoping she’ll win you over too, with new single ‘Safe Island’.

Take a listen to the video above, then show Rachel Johnson some love over at iTunes.

Double X-Mas joy from Kelly Moneymaker

Bought up with a great love of the great soul vocalists of the Motown era, it’s little surprise that once Kelly Moneymaker discovered she possessed a powerful vocal she pursued a career in music.

Now, having honed her natural talent into a hurricane of a voice, she is stamping her own mark on the genre she grew up on. Her previous work as member of top female vocal group ‘Exposé’ (recently named as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 girl groups of all time) no doubt also helped along the way.

Now going solo, Kelly Moneymaker is celebrating the holiday season with a pair of singles. ‘Home for the Holidays‘ and a unique version of ‘Jingle Bells‘ are both out now, and can be heard below.

Top new album from Kelly Moneymaker – ‘Stone’

Typified by opening track ‘Skippin’ Stones’ (above), the new album from soul vocalist Kelly Moneymaker is a new album packed with vim and vigour.

With the recent rebirth of the funk genre through a pop filter (see Bruno Mars et al.), it’s fantastic to hear an album which dedicates itself to funk and soul music in its purest form. This isn’t filtered through focus groups and layers of mastering to make it into a packaged piece of entertainment – this is raw, old school soul, and brings with it all the energy that implies.

The fact that tracks on this album bring to mind names like Diana Ross, Aretha, Tina Turner and others speaks volumes about the quality on show here. And while we’re on the subject of volume, Moneymaker’s vocals are beltingly good.

http://www.kellymoneymaker.com/

Album review: ‘It Is What It Is’ – Songs for Mr Sloane

Available now on iTunes, the new album from Songs For Mr Sloane is certainly one that should at least be sampled by anyone pertaining to be a music fan.

Steered by Peter Dale (vocals, guitars, keys) who has worked with some huge industry names, with the help of bassist Guy Snook, the pair have been able to pull together a motley band of fantastic musicians from different backgrounds.

This blend leads to an album which comes at you from all sides. It doesn’t much matter whether you like, indie, blues, soul, funk, jazz or pop, there will be a track or two in here for you. And in the process of listening through it, you might just find a taste for something new.

In a music industry where bands are pigeonholed to within an inch of their life, Songs for Mr Sloane are a breath of fresh musicalness.