The band was also finding success across Europe, most notably in France, where they even managed to eclipse their UK achievements. In the United States they developed up a following among New York’s underground scene, receiving considerable airplay. The album was released on London Records after a breathtaking performance at the New Music Seminar in New York, with a showcase that blew away both media and public alike. Over the next 18 months they would take their unique blend of Hip-Hop to places as far afield as the Far East and Africa, making many friends along the way.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Galliano achieved the peak of its success in 1994 with The Plot Thickens, a major work that fuses the extreme harmonies and rhythms of jazz with up-to-the-minute urban soul on tracks such as Twyford Down, with its numerous changes of tempo, or Travels the Road and Long Time Gone.
Frontman Rob Gallagher continued to perform (as of 2006) as Earl Zinger. In the late 1990s, Gallagher broke Galliano up, and pursued his latest musical project, 2 Banks of 4.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
One of the most important albums to emerge from the acid jazz scene.
Young Disciples' Road To Freedom encompasses many of the sounds that epitomised the emerging acid-jazz scene of the early ninties.
Young Disciples formed in 1990 when American vocalist Carleen Anderson relocated to London and met Marc Nelson and Femi Williams. After signing to Talking Loud records in 1991, the group released the singles Get Yourself Together and Apparently Nothin, the latter of which became a hit in the charts. Off the back of Apparently Nothing's success, their impressive debut record Road To Freedom was released.
Road To Freedom combined muscular funk with jazz and R&B influences, whilst also maintained strong links with British Hip Hop, and as a result Road To Freedom benefits from Masta Ace and Maceo Parker guest appearances.
These wide ranging influences, combined with Carleen Anderson's low, smoky vocals and the clever, unpredictable productions, means that a decade and a half later, Road To Freedom is still deemed to be one of the most important albums to emerge from the acid jazz scene.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
He says: "Skeletons is a made up band. I kid you not - it doesn't exist. These musicians never stood in the studio together, they just passed through my house or left some scraps of sound behind after sessions we were working on. This record is like a guy, pieced together and ready for the bonfire... Some of the music here started life as commissions for a library music company, pastiches and forgeries paid for by the current vogue for a certain style of African jazz. Once I'd done a few though I couldn't stop... to me the whole thing has been a self indulgent forgery, an act of mindless fun. If it sounds good then it's because I just enjoyed the music and enjoyed myself."
The Skeletons track, Positive Force, which appears on this album, was given an early airing on Impossible Ark: A Compilation in October, to immense acclaim and support from tastemakers including Ashley Beedle (X-Press 2/Ministry Of Sound Radio/RBMA), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Craig Charles (BBC 6Music) and Snowboy; and excellent reviews from all corners, from i-DJ magazine through to Mercury Prize Recommends. Smile is the full album, and more than worth the wait.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Yonderboi's manyfold influences vary from oldschool French Hip-Hop and nineties Trip-Hop to soundtracks of eastern European cartoons and cinema noir of the sixties. Yonderboi´s music transports his charming Eastern European identity with a special Hungarian flair.
Shallow and Profound is not shallow, but it is profound - a sensual, exquisite trip through a trip-folk dreamland. Absolutely stunning!
Yonderboi - Milonga Del Mar
Monday, March 15, 2010
Since their creation in 2002 in Ottawa, Canada, The Souljazz Orchestra have become one of the most potent bands in their field. Drawing on the rough, raw grooves of the ‘60s and ‘70s and effortlessly fusing soul, jazz, Afro and latin rhythms within their music, they have moved forward the blueprint of Fela, Fania and the funk in entirely new ways, whilst keeping the vital analogue grit intact. As a live unit, the Orchestra have become an in-demand fixture at venues and festivals worldwide. Drawing on a wider canvas of styles than ever before, touching on spiritual jazz, deep African rhythms and Ethiopian modes, the Orchestra take their sound to new heights with stunning musicianship and virtuoso arrangements throughout. Long-time fan Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio One) has already acclaimed this album to be their best yet. The tracks themselves flow as a sinuous whole. The Souljazz Orchestra will be touring throughout 2010, starting with North American dates in March, followed by European dates in April.
Official - MySpace page -"Agbara" on UTube
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Highlights include the pumped-up opener "Thank You For You" which will be a sure fire hit on the rare groove scene and is as funky as anything the Dap-Kings or the Bamboos have come up with.
On "What About Love" and "Every Woman Is A Diva" they up the soul factor with a track with a strong Dusty Springfield flavor.
The band's love of all things analogue mean that this was recorded using vintage equipment to give it that authentic swinging sound. The horn sections are never less than tremendous and the drumming is clean and tight. "Love Lite" was named after the Berlin venue where they have played and the Sweet Vandals are currently touring Europe at the moment. This long player cements their reputation as deep funk superstars and a force to be reckoned with.
The Sweet Vandals - Thank You For You
Monday, March 1, 2010
"NOBU" - "Cantaloupe Island" - The Official HH Site
Since that time, despite attention-grabbing collaborations with Acid Jazz organ grinder James Taylor as well as leadership of a group featuring his siblings, McKoy hasn’t tasted commercial success in line with his talent, which is increasingly rare for those who opt for the more musically demanding route of soul rather than the pop tart ways of RnB. A problem in the first half of Brighter Day is that classicism is writ very large on the sound, with the title track and Great Big Gap, fine songs as they are, sounding uncomfortably close to Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come and The Four Tops’ Sugar Pie Honey Bunch. The Motown signature, right down to the baritone sax deliciously chugging atop a sharply honed rhythm section, is down pat, but the licks are just a touch too familiar to really send the excitement dial into the red.
As the set unfolds, though, Mckoy the writer asserts himself convincingly on several well-constructed melodies, the highlight of which is Jealousy, a mid-tempo, Latin-tinged shuffle that has effective changes of key and an edgy string motif that vividly captures and reinforces the lyrical content. One could also mention the way that the surging verses of Skating on Thin Ice show the singer’s great tonal control and Tumbling Down is as pretty as it is catchy. It all amounts to a tantalising listen, for it’s hard not to think that several of these songs would have been better served by different, perhaps tougher, spikier arrangements.
Yet it’s also hard not to think that Noel McKoy is a great soul voice in need of adequate record label investment.