Archive for May, 2014

  • Archived Magazine 2014 April

    By jo GB on May 25, 2014
  • Bunny For BFI

    By Chris Wells on May 19, 2014
    As part of the African Odysseys series of films, an umbrella event that has been running for seven years at the BFI on London’s South Bank, there will be a UK premiere screening for I Am The Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee & The Roots Of Reggae on Saturday, June 14. The documentary film, directed by Diggory Kenrick, tells the story of […]
  • 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 […]
  • Motown 7s Box – Rare & Unreleased Vinyl

    By Chris Wells on May 16, 2014
    Following last year’s release of Volume 1 of the Motown 7s Box, the label once more reveals more of the undiscovered “Sound Of Young America” with the release of Volume 2 on June 30. As with Volume 1, many of the tracks included here were never released at their time of recording, for a variety of reasons: some were pushed […]
  • Reel Soul

    By Chris Wells on May 15, 2014
    New from Reel People Music, after five hard months of compiling, comes Soul Love 2014, a very fine selection of modern soul tracks featuring a great mix of well known and underappreciated artists. Amongst 25 contemporary cuts of exquisite groove, musicianship and emotion you’ll find smooth glides, funky grinds, peppy beat-downs and whip-smart house riffs by such as UK scene […]
  • 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 […]
  • Life & Lavette

    By Chris Wells on May 1, 2014
    That most idiosyncratic of soul voices, Ms Bettye Lavette, will make a one-stop appearance at London’s Jazz Café this summer. She’ll be lettin’ you down easy on Tuesday, July 15, when tickets will be priced at around £27.50. “Like all voices,” says Bettye, “mine has changed over the years. I’d like to think that the change has to do with […]