Review- Short Sharp Scratch

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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.

 

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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.

https://www.vevo.com/watch/lawrence-preston/something-for-you/TIVEV1725150

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

Upbeat and inspirational new electro-pop single ‘Step by Step’ by Challan Carmichael

Pop, RnB, Soul, Uncategorized

#GET YOUR HEAD IN THIS SOUNDCLOUD!#

Up-and-coming UK singer, Challan Carmichael, delivers this new feel good single ‘Step by Step’ out June 3rd. Sporting a fantastic hook and a bubbly electropop beat, the track has all the ingredients of a catchy pop song, made all the more engaging by its positive and life-affirming lyrics. Challan Carmichael is Fresh, Original and Inspiring.

Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael/step-by-step-challan-carmichael

I love good wholesome music and am very aware of how music can help you to motivate and uplift,’ explains the singer.  ‘In the current climate with so much negativity in the world it is very easy to be bombarded with negative images and messages continuously. Sometimes it is good to focus on the positive side and also positive messages so that we can remember it is not all doom and gloom.

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A devout Christian, Challan invited 10 local children from his church to sing on the track’s chorus. Ideals of humanity and philanthropy play a major part in his lyrics, themes that are applicable not just to his own faith but to people from all walks of life.

Challan takes influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Billy Ocean. As well as singing, he has long had a keen interest in dance, self-teaching himself as a child from watching Michael Jackson videos and streetdance. In 1988, he was lucky enough to get front row tickets to King of Pop’s BAD concert, a surprise gift from his au-pair.

Unafraid to challenge himself, Challan joined the Territorial army in his twenties, having a desire to push himself both physically and mentally. Around the same time he also got involved with artist tour management.

Having worked behind the scenes in the music industry for many years supporting artists such as KC Da Rookee and Ben from Phats and Smalls, Challan is now ready to carve a music career of his own.

The artist has worked with multiple producers including notable names such as Blaze Billions, Paul Nza, Lars Mellow and Klimper Boy. He is currently performing at schools across the UK as part of his Step by Step UK nationwide Schools Tour.

The Nottingham Post has described him as ‘Nottingham’s next MC Hammer’.

An album has been recorded in Germany and will be out soon.

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael

https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/

https://twitter.com/ChallanC

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig

https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

www.challancarmichael.co.uk