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.

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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

Olay Fay Releases New Single ‘Forest’ – 9th March

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Upcoming single ‘Forest’ is a delicate look at the idea of not knowing where to turn when things go wrong, and typifies Fay’s sensitive approach to lyric writing mixed with a well-produced pop backing.

‘Forest’ is released on 9th March

Links:

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChbmw5iMwzmCy6kYFKt6a6Q

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olay-fay

Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’

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New track available from January 30th 2015

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.

Links:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: @mama_moonshine

Instagram: @mama_moonshine_ruth

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine

Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’

Uncategorized

New track available from January 30th 2015

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

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Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.

Links:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: @mama_moonshine

Instagram: @mama_moonshine_ruth

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine