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  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]