• Walk In The Park

    By Chris Wells on March 16, 2018
    Former Tonyies man Elijah “E.B.” Baker is out of jail and back on Park Avenue. Story by Dan Dodds When Oakland based producer and original Tony Toni Toné member Elijah “E.B.” Baker walked out of prison – the Big Spring Federal Correctional Institution in Texas – he left with more than just the shirt on his back. Released from the […]
  • Reflections On Black Panther

    By Chris Wells on March 8, 2018
    Now that we’ve all seen it, Echoes Deputy Editor, Kevin Le Gendre has some thoughts on the significance of the year’s most talked-about movie. Pre-release hype is mostly tedious, but occasionally instructive. The build up to Black Panther, ‘the most anticipated Marvel film ever’, created such a media glare it risked obscuring the celluloid itself in a dark shadow. Among […]
  • Imagenes That

    By Chris Wells on October 13, 2017
    Jorge Montiel gives Kevin Le Gendre an insight into Imagenes. When was the label founded? JM: I am a DJ and producer from Caracas, Venezuela, I moved to London in 1999 to study sound engineering but soon became involved in the city’s club scene. I had run a sound system and had an interest in beatmaking and remixing. On a […]
  • Basquiat: Boom For Real

    By Chris Wells on October 10, 2017
    Barbican, London until January 28, 2018. The music events that accompany this retrospective of a major figure in 20th century art are not ear candy. Sound was central to the painting of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the genius-child whose first-hand experience of destitution in ghetto un-fabulous ‘80s New York strikes a cruel irony given the recent sale of one of his works for […]
  • Ledisi: Not Playing By The Rules

    By Chris Wells on October 6, 2017
    Ledisi’s ninth album Let Love Rule has just been released by Verve Records. Once again overseen by the artist and long-time musical buddy Rex Rideout, it as usual places Led with a number of different writing and production partners and so encompasses different styles, from soul through to R&B and pop. Guests include John Legend [vocals on the song Give […]
  • Welcome To Jamwax

    By Chris Wells on October 3, 2017
    Kevin Le Gendre gets some answers from Joe at Jamwax Records. When was the label founded? Joe: The label was founded in December 2013 when I just came back from a digging trip in Jamaica. It was a great session in a house with more than 35,000 vinyl [watch Jamwax youtube channel to see the session]. Most of them had […]
  • Nao Is The Time

    By Chris Wells on May 6, 2016
    Chris Wells meets Nao Yoshioka. Supported by Debra Debs’ band, Nao Yoshioka’s UK stage debut at Streatham’s Hideaway club in the middle of last month suffered a little from lack of rehearsal time, but was certainly well-received by those present. It was another important step for an artist determined to break away from the all-conquering J-pop of her homeland – […]
  • 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’ […]
  • Bloomin’ Lovely

    By Chris Wells on March 2, 2015
    Timothy Bloom: Live @ London, Jazz Café LA based Grammy Award winning hotshot Timothy Bloom has a music video up on Youtube that has been viewed over a million times. The sultry song ‘Til The End Of Time, which drips out of the speakers like a sexed up Misty Blue, was a minor hit when released in the US on […]