Jonny Dee Throws the Rule Book in the Bin

Alternative, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul

Jonny Dee brings his unique brand of psychedelic hip-hop and otherworldly rap to the masses with his first full-length release, “The Human Experience”. Like De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest before him, there is scant regard for what is expected of a musician who by rights is a rapper: this is rap music from another dimension – recognisable as rap but filled with elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, soul, video game music…the list goes on with every listen.

Based in San Diego, Jonny is completely unafraid to challenge preconceptions of both him and his music. With a look which is far nearer to the Summer of Love than gang battlefields, and a groove and instrumentation on his tracks which could fit in any number of sections in record store racks, depending on which track you skip to, Jonny is the sum of his influences and so much more. With musical innovation running in the family (his great-aunt, Marilyn McCoo, was a member of psych-soul behemoths, 5th Dimension), Jonny is as happy featuring supersonic loops and elephantine bass (such as on opener, “Rhythm of my Life”), as he is freak-out 60’s electric guitar (“In the Sound”) or the full-on 70’s funk-soul of “The Man Who Fell From the Sky”.

Jonny himself explains the concept of the album:

The whole idea of “The Human Experience” is essentially understanding and loving yourself more and more, to the point that when you look back out at the rest of the world, a lot of the struggles that people have just don’t make sense”. It’s all about a person getting more in touch with themselves, finding happiness that way, and wanting to help others to do the same. The music is a guideline I guess to find some freedom and peace from the “everyday struggles”. The “human experience” is the act of going out and trying to understand humans, why they do the things they do, treat each other the way they do, and trying to help them”.

Multi-instrumentalist Jonny Dee is the catalyst the music world has needed to bring together all genres and backgrounds into the same playing-field and giving music fans a whole universe of sound to listen to in one place.

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Review- Short Sharp Scratch

Soul

 

Jak Chantler, the former guitar player of alt-grunge outfit Kingskin, who won the accolade of Kerrang’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’, is looking to move away from his rock roots into a more soulful sound with his debut solo release, ‘Shell Suit’, under the new guise of Short Sharp Scratch.

‘Shell Suit’ exudes distinct funky-vibes, akin to the sounds of Chic and Chaka Khan, yet with a more contemporary edge that draws on the dreamy indie-pop of girl band, Haim. This is all amalgamated by producer George Shilling who conforms to Chantler’s goal of creating era-defying, positive tunes.

 

The Lost Art of Bass Playing with Lawrence Preston

Funk, RnB, Soul

Even more than the drummer of the band, bassists really get a bad rap. Or, more to the point, no rap at all. Routinely at the back of the stage with their microphone turned down, they might get the odd co-writing credit at a push. There are exceptions but this is very much the rule. Fortunately, it’s a rule artists like Lawrence Preston are happy to break.

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Having rejected playing the trombone (good move, we reckon), he moved onto bass guitar, not just taking to its charms but studying the styles of the best, one of whom spotted his talent and inspired him yet further. The chap in question was Freddie Stone, founder of Sly & the Family Stone; and it was through his contacts that his career began to gain traction, spending much of the 1980s working in Dorothy Morrison’s band.

Having honed his skills, he has taken the step to release under his own name. Not before time, this is sumptuous lazy summer soul-jazz punctuated by his bass playing which has all the hallmarks of such greats as Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke. His emergence may have taken some time but it’s been worth the wait.

It’s All Greek to Us! Lessons in Soul from Adonis

Disco/Techno, Pop, Soul

Living up to his name, shared with the Greek God, Adonis is really something spectacular. Not settling for just musician; the writer, producer, arranger, and singer has perfected his skills over a number of years, working with some of the most legendary names in music. Leagues ahead of many of his soul and pop contemporaries in terms of song-writing and performance, he is now striking out alone with his infectious sound.

His first single “My Different Lover” from the eagerly awaited album, “The Genies’ Out the Bottle” builds up the tension, making it harder and harder to wait for the release. Showcasing his spiritual philosophy as well as his musical skills. Moving away from the mainstream sex, scandals and break-ups, “My Different Lover” focuses on the deeply spiritual connection between two people. Taking influence from classic motown and soul and r&b from both 70s and 80s, the upbeat track is heightened even further by Adonis’ bass playing and multi-layered keyboards and vocals, giving a contemporary feel whilst still openly celebrating his influences.

Listen to “My Different Lover” here: https://www.reverbnation.com/adonis83

‘With You’ by J.J Leone

Pop, Soul, Uncategorized

Check out the latest single from Norwich based singer-songwriter, J.J Leone! Fusing acoustic guitar with R&B influences and J.J’s signature soulful vocals, ‘With You’ is a infectious number you won’t be able to listen to just once.

Find out more on J.J Leone here:

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/j-j-leone

www.facebook.com/iamjjleone

www.twitter.com/iamjjleone

www.instagram.com/iamjjleone

www.youtube.com/c/jjleone

www.jjleone.com

Les Kirsh: ‘Tell Me To My Face’

Pop, Rock, Soul

If you’ve always been a bit of a soul fan, but are disappointed that the genre has seemingly died, then don’t despair as 70s soul-man Les Kirsh has resurrected his singing career with 3 re-mastered singles, which he self-categorises under his own label of ‘modern-soul’.

Consequently, there are a few other elements from other genres mixed in there, from pop, rock and even a little bit of dance, but as always with Les, soul is at the heart of play.

Back in the 70s, Les’ career was stopped in its tracks by a terrible car crash and it is only now that he is returning to his glory days.

Check out more on Les here:

https://soundcloud.com/leskirsh

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

M’GOO – ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘

Jazz, Pop, Soul

Easy Listening music doesn’t come much better than ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘ by M’GOO.

M’GOO have honed their own brand of super-listenable jazz-pop with meaningful lyrics inspired by true stories of love.

‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘  poses the question: Do we ever really know the person we love? It recounts the story of a couple who are about to get married, but the woman decides the visit a fortune teller. The psychic tells her that love is not always enough, and so she spontaneously splits from her other half, leaving him desolate and dejected.

Consequently, the track embodies the moments after this tragic situation. Whilst the mood of such a story is undoubtedly very sad, M’GOO manage to put a positive spin on it with the upbeat vibe of the song. Instead of wallowing in misery, the track feels as though it looks forward with intent, in lieu of the negative subtext.

Mike Meighu’s vocals are pure and honest, perfectly matching the content of the song, and the brass section floats pleasantly over the top of well crafted piano chords and satisfying guitars during the chorus.

The songwriting process of the band is refreshing too. These are not just any old love songs; by taking influence from true stories, poems and philosophy, M’GOO open up a rich vein of quality material to base songs on. As a result, there is a sincerity and authenticity found in their music, particularly in ‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”‘, that sets their music apart from the status quo.

For more on M’GOO, check them out here:

www.mgoomusic.com

http://www.soundcloud.com/themgooproject

www.twitter.com/mgoomusic

www.facebook.com/mgoomusic