Review: In recent times, Honeyfeet have been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. This genre-defying band incorporate styles including jazz, folk and hip hop into their music. They are fronted by the amazing Rioghnach Connolly - also known for her work with cult folk-dance group Afro Celt Sound System and Real World artists The Breath. The Orange Whip LP finds the band at their most incredibly diverse. Opening with recent single "Sinner" - a serving of good old fashioned soul and rock 'n' roll crossover, the 'folk-hop' of "Whatever You Do" or the barrelhouse pop of "Hunt & Gather", they prove that they are a seriously dynamic outfit.
Whax - "Can I Take You Home?" (long version) (6:15)
Treo - "Demands Decrease Desire" (3:52)
Treo - "Second Is Too Close" (3:24)
Treo - "When Your Lover Has Gone" (3:05)
Review: Smiling Cis a reissue label focused on obscure 80's and 90's music from around the world. Working closely with the artists to make sure their musical works are presented to listeners in the loveliest way. Here they present a wonderful compilation entitled A Totally New Sound, which showcases the sound of Aset: a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. The project links motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC area. Featuring the in-house band members, supporting emerging talents like 11 year old Latonya, singing about divorce, love and dancing on "Eyes Of A Child". The 'poster children' of the project, Treo - a trio of high school girls singing about love and relationships on the neon-lit "Demands Decrease Desire". And of course Whax, the 'strange' high school boys strutting their stuff on the '80s derived swing of "Can I Take You Home?"
Review: Since it first hit record stores in 2007, this collection of re-discovered 1970s recordings by vibraphonist and marimba maestro Billy Wooten has become something of an in demand item amongst soul-jazz collectors. Happily, Japanese imprint P-Vine Records has decided to make it available again via a fresh pressing. It remains a fine set, chock full of fuzzy, funk-fuelled live recordings (see the Hammond organ and Vibraphone-heavy brilliance of "Let's Stay Together"), sun-kissed, samba-soaked carnival workouts ("Crown Royale"), gentle bossa compositions (the marimba-boasting brilliance of the laidback and melodious "Summerlight") and superb, sax-happy jazz throw-downs ("Jammin With The Boys").