SOUL / R&B

  • To The Lighthouse

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2019
    Lighthouse Family are back – with a brand new studio album in May and a live tour this autumn. After a gap of 18 years since their last recording, original LF members Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker have reunited to cut a whole album’s worth of new material, Blue Sky In Your Head. It will be released on May 3 and contain and […]
  • Word Up

    By Chris Wells on February 11, 2019
    What’s being termed their final album, The Last Word is coming in April from the legendary Philly soulsters The O’Jays.Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant have already dropped the first single online: I Got You is a trademark O’Jays slice of PIR-style soul music, on this occasion produced by Betty Wright as well as Steve Greenberg, Mike Mangini and Sam HollanderThe album will be available from April 19 and is currently available for […]
  • Electric Dreams

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Billed as ‘The UK’s Greatest Soul and Funk Celebration’, The Electric Soul Festival is set to close out the summer in fine style at London’s O2 on Saturday, September 7.Headliners so far announced are, from the US, Kool & The Gang, and Brits Level 42, Brand New Heavies and Heather Small, all presented to you by your MC, top DJ/broadcaster fellah Trevor Nelson. More special guests will be […]
  • Deeper Lisa

    By Chris Wells on February 3, 2019
    Continuing her active resurgence into the Autumn of 2019, class act Lisa Stansfield has a long list of shows already inked into the diary.Catch Rochdale’s finest at:Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [Oct 21]; Guildford, G Live [22]; Brighton, Dome [23]; Bath, Forum [25]; Salford, Lowry Lyric Theatre [26]; Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall [28]; Birmingham, Symphony Hall [29]; London, Royal Albert Hall [31]; and Cardiff, […]
  • Broken English

    By Chris Wells on November 8, 2018
    Promoting their latest album Young Sick Camellia, St. Paul & The Broken Bones are to play a series of five shows around the UK this month. Catch the guys from Birmingham, Alabama at: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Nov 14]; Albert Hall, Manchester [15]; Barrowland, Glasgow [16]; Rock City, Nottingham [17]; and Roundhouse, London [19]. Tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/St-Paul-and-the-Broken-Bones-tickets/artist/1856904
  • Hot Pepper

    By Chris Wells on May 24, 2018
    Acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Judith Hill has just released her new single and video The Pepper Club. Written and produced by Hill, the track presages a handful of UK live dates in mid-summer. Catch her at: Manchester, Night & Day [July 15]; Liverpool, Shipping Forcast [16]; Pizza Express, Birmingham [17] and Pizza Express, London [18/19]. The Pepper Club is the […]
  • Cray Flies In

    By Chris Wells on May 24, 2018
    Bluesman of the road extraordinaire, Robert Cray, has turned our way again and booked himself a series of autumn gigs up and down the UK. Catch him at: Bexhill On Sea, De La Warr Pavilion [October 15]; Salford, Lowry [16]; Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre [17]; Glasgow, City Halls [19]; Edinburgh, Usher Hall [20]; Sheffield, Memorial & City Hall [22]; Cheltenham, Town […]
  • Hill Tops

    By Chris Wells on May 24, 2018
    Lauryn Hill plans to bring her ‘The Miseducation Tour’ package – celebrating the 20thanniversary of her iconic album – over here towards the year’s end. Kicking off in Glasgow on November 23 at the SSE Hydro, she then goes: Manchester, Arena [Nov 26]; Birmingham, Arena [27]; Dublin, 3 Arena [30]; and London, O2 Arena [December 3]. Visit https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/search?aid=795402&user_input=lauryn&q=Ms.%20Lauryn%20Hill&tm_link=tm_header_search
  • Gabrielle Under Your Skin

    By Chris Wells on April 26, 2018
    Record-breaking, chart-topping singer-songwriter Gabrielle returns this summer with the album, Under My Skin, her first studio record in 11 years. The project drops on August 17 and can be pre-ordered now from https://Gabrielle.lnk.to/UnderMySkinPR. The first single from the album, Show Me, is out now. Last year, Gabrielle connected with Grammy-nominated producer Steve Chrisanthou to write Show Me. Says Gabs: “When Steve first played me the music to […]
  • Lisa Stansfield Live

    By Chris Wells on April 25, 2018
    London, Palladium [Pic: Ed Fielding] It’s not often an artist that’s been around for the best part of three decades can still surprise you. But Lisa Stansfield‘s the rare exception. Not that mighty voice coming out of such a modest frame – we’ve gotten used to that by now. Nor the easy-going, unpretentious rapport she immediately strikes up with the […]