EDITORS PICKS

  • Spin Doctor

    By Chris Wells on May 4, 2016
    Book Review SPINNING AROUND: A HISTORY OF THE SOUL LP – VOLUME 1: A-K BY JOHN LIAS [HARDBACK] One-time Echoes contributor [and soul fan since about the end of the sixties] John Lias has been promising himself to write a book like this for more than a couple of decades. Now retired, he has finally found the time. In short, […]
  • Got The Cure

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
      Rebuilding his career after nine years in jail, Jah Cure is making his best music ever. John Masouri takes his medicine.   After resisting the temptation to travel all the way to Paris for a 15-minute interview, I caught up with Jah Cure on the phone as he relaxed with a Polish family he’d just met, and who’d invited […]
  • Lemar: Letter Perfect

    By Chris Wells on October 15, 2015
    Lemar’s sixth album, The Letter is just out, via BMG Records. Mainly a covers project, it was recorded at East West Studios in Los Angeles with famed producer Larry Klein [who has overseen albums by such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and, more recently, Lizz Wright]. Tunes given a new Lemar-style makeover include Al Green’s Love And Happiness, The Box Tops’ […]
  • Bobby Womack: The Greatest Soulman

    By Chris Wells on July 16, 2014
    A tribute by Echoes Editor Chris Wells Poised on a sofa in his home in the Hollywood Hills, rubbing the sleep from his eyes after a late night songwriting with Jim Ford, a relaxed Bobby Womack takes his acoustic guitar from his son Bobby Jr’s hands… and sings to me. It’s late August 1982. I’m, well, a nobody in this […]
  • Black Sunshine

    By Chris Wells on May 19, 2014
    By Dan Dodds Legend has it that the aspiring classic rock star has to live fast and die young, just like Jimi Hendrix. Or that a barrage of drug taking, loud music and promiscuity will have you washed up, no more creativity to offer, unable to get it up and living out the back of some old VW camper van, […]
  • Somi Extra!

    By Chris Wells on May 19, 2014
    The May issue of Echoes stars American-African jazz-soul artist Somi on its cover, to tie in with the release of the artist’s superb new album on Sony/Okeh Records, The Lagos Music Salon. Inside you’ll find the customary two-page feature, written by Editor, Chris Wells. But because, from over an hour’s conversation, several topics inevitably arose that in the end didn’t […]
  • Lee Fields: A Little Determination

    By Chris Wells on May 8, 2014
    Back in 2012 we talked to Lee Fields about his long and variable career leading up to the release of his then new album, Faithful Man. The article chronicled his ups and downs, changes of label and struggles to make it through. We hereby restore it to the public domain as an online companion piece to the new feature on […]
  • Debra Debs: Life Skills

    By Chris Wells on March 20, 2014
    By Chris Wells Just across from Forest Hill station, at café From The Forest, they famously had a visit from Jay-Z and Beyoncé. In The Teapot, however – just up the hill, on the way to the Horniman Museum – the fare is distinctly more soulful: a couple of months back we ate red velvet cake with Tony Momrelle and, […]
  • Garland Jeffreys: Truth Spoken Here

    By Chris Wells on February 25, 2014
    By Dan Dodds     “I love this!” says my brother, listening to the track blasting out of the van’s speakers whilst hitching a ride to The Pilot for a swift one. “Let It Bleed?” he asks, referring to a Rolling Stones album title. It’s not so wide of the mark, because Wild In The Streets – the Garland Jeffreys […]
  • Eric Roberson: Between The Lines

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2014
    New Jersey soul star Eric Roberson has just been over to the UK for a series of live shows. The gigs, in London, Manchester and Birmingham, were arranged in support of his newly released Dome Records album B-Sides, Features & Heartaches, a 13-song collection of not-widely-heard singles, features on other artists’ projects and three brand new tunes. Featuring such as […]