Archive for May, 2016

  • On The Level

    By Chris Wells on May 26, 2016
    UK funk and pop stalwarts Level 42 have lined up a 20-date tour for the Autumn and plan to make their album, Sirens Tour Live available from the middle of next month. The full list of shows is as follows: Llandudno, Cymru Theatre [October 3]; Salford, Lowry [4]; Stoke-on-Trent, Victoria Hall [6]; Glasgow, O2 ABC [7]; Gateshead, Sage [8]; Liverpool, […]
  • Rebels With A Cause

    By Chris Wells on May 20, 2016
    Former Echoes staffer Stuart Cosgrove’s excellent new book, Young Soul Rebels: A Personal History Of Northern Soul, has just been published by Polygon Books. It tells the story of Stuart’s long-term relationship with and love for the music and its surrounding culture. Says the author: “This book is about the rare soul scene across a lifetime. Inevitably, it is a […]
  • Bunny & Max

    By Chris Wells on May 20, 2016
    Reggae legends Bunny Wailer and Max Romeo are teaming up for a trio of UK dates during mid-summer. Opening up at Manchester Ritz on Friday, July 8, they zip down to Birmingham Academy the following night and wind up at London’s Kentish Town Forum on Sunday, July 10. Hit for further details and to book tickets.
  • Kiwanuka Shows & Album

    By Chris Wells on May 18, 2016
    With a brand new, long-awaited and altogether pretty bloody marvelous second album about to drop – Love & Hate is released early in June – Michael Kiwanuka has just announced a full tour of the UK and Ireland for the Autumn, his first home headline run for over four years. The [so far] baker’s dozen of dates will kick off […]
  • Henshaw: EP 2 & Summer Tour

    By Chris Wells on May 18, 2016
    London’s own Samm Henshaw will release his second EP of material – The Sound Experiment 2 – on July 15. The first single from it, Our Love, is already around online: Samm is currently in the middle of a headline UK Tour and has some European festivals also confirmed. The schedule currently looks like this: Brighton, Great Escape [May 20]; […]
  • APRIL 2016 ISSUE

    By Chris Wells on May 16, 2016
  • 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 – […]
  • Going Public

    By Chris Wells on May 5, 2016
    Hip-hop legends Public Enemy are going to be spending some time in the UK this spring and early summer, with two festival dates and an exclusive headliner in London. Catch Chuck and the boys at Southampton’s Common People Festival on May 28, at Oxford’s Common People Festival and at London’s IndigO2 on June 16. Visit for details and to […]
  • 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, […]