Review: Raw, hard and guttural blues here from obscure female Chicago singer Frances Burr on Jazzman's uber-collectable Juke Box Jams label. It's backed up by a hard-driving, pepped-up and rowdy KJ Trio, resulting in a piano banging, sax honking, drums clattering dinked 45!
Review: With post punk seemingly back in fashion if Trevor Jackson's recent Metal Dance compilation is any signifier, it's quite an appropriate time for John Jah Wobble Wardle and Keith Levene to re-embark on a joint musical venture that was first executed in seminal style with PiL. Arriving in sealed cellophane sleeve from Pressure Sounds, the four track Mississippi EP shows Levene and Wardle to have lost none of their expertise, with the former's clattering guitar every bit as potent as the signature Wobble bass grooves. "Back On The Block" will undoubtedly appeal to fans of their work as PiL with it's infectious dub wise sprawl, whilst "Ying & Yang" is as potent an example of contemporary snarling post punk attitude you will hear this year.
Review: This desirable 7" single brings together two of the many highlights from the bulging catalogue of New Orleans soul singer Ernie K Doe. On the A-side you'll find 1961's "A Certain Girl", a sweet rhythm and blues number from the dawn of the soul era that ticks all the right boxes (strong lead vocal, jaunty piano lines, lolloping groove, question-asking female backing vocals). Arguably even better is the better known "Here Come The Girls", a later K-Doe recording that was produced by the song's writer, Allen Toussaint, and originally appeared on the artist's eponymous 1972 album. We all know it, of course, but it still remains a sing-along soul staple.