Review: Originally released back in 2003 - "Your Love Is Mine" not only features The New Mastersounds in an unusually laid back mood, but also the vocal talents of this years biggest success story - Ms Corinne Bailey Rae. "A British soul singer who will warm your heart one minute and break it the next" - bbc.co.uk "A voice so fabulous that after I hear this I will melt." - Jools Holland. Voted the Sound of 2006 by the BBC News website - a poll of 100 of the most influential journalists, broadcasters and producers in the UK " A deep soul ballad delivered by Corinne Bailey Rae. It's a love song that conjures up those lazy, hazy summer days lounging with your lover as all around time stands still' - Straight No Chaser. "Simply beautiful" - witchesbrew.com On the flip we find Montreal's finest DJ and producer Fred Everything turning in an excellent remix. Usually known for his deep and soulful house excursions, here he retains the original feel and flow of the track, but with added bumps and turns that makes it more palatable for DJs. Also included is the raw, stripped-down acapella of the song, which exposes Ms Bailey Rae's true talent in its barest form.
Review: 213 was something of a supergroup formed in America's west coast soul scene. Powerhouses such as Bill Meyers, Guy Thomas and Neil Stubenhaus were all involved in the making of this album from 1981, which never actually saw the light of day at the time, but is now presented for the first time by Norwegian record label Preservation. It's sentimental material for lazy Sunday mornings, with emotive vocals backed by soaring strings and uplifting chords. There are more reflective moments like "Good Friends" next to swaying singings like "Ohio" and together they add up to a smooth listen.
Review: Don't be fooled by the smoky jazzy horns on the intro: The Allergies are still at the front of the party queue! They were just lulling us into a false sense of security before hitting us with a precision range of big soul swingers and dynamite party killers; both "Hold You Close" and "Since You've Been Gone" pop with big beat bangs, "Entitled To That" stamps and sweats like Wigan Pier is still holding the best dances in the country, "Main Event" parps and pumps while long-standing affiliate Andy Cooper reminds us who's boss while "It Won't Be Me" (also with Cooper) is coded with so much horn and guitar powered gusto you could be fooled into thinking Ugly Duckling are back. Yet another triumphant album from one of Jalapeno's most exciting acts.
Review: Boom: three years, three albums. No biggie for Bristol duo The Allergies, Jalapeno's biggest success story since Kraak & Smaak. Each album shows them getting deeper into the groove, creeping away from the cheeky samples and sculpting their own pedigree funk originals. With Ugly Ducking Andy Cooper onside through the mix from the wild ride vibing "Fade Away" to the white knuckle lyrical fire of "Run It Back", there's a real band feeling to the whole album as familiar voices thread throughout the jams... including that of UK hip hop legend Dr Syntax.
Review: Joe Armon-Jones has been a driving force in the resurgence of contemporary jazz and now makes something of a victory lap with this new album on the always essential Brownswood. It's a very modern mix of bass and dub, du jour club culture and his own jazz styles featuring peers like Moses Boyd and Nubya Garcia. Frankly, the whole record is silky, starry-eyed and sublime and the excellent artwork also hist at the cosmic subtleties of this album, but our picks of the bunch are the neo-soul, summery stroll through the park vibes of "Yellow Dandelion", "Gnawa Sweet" which glows with mellifluous Rhodes chords and the uncompromising yet accessible sax and big brass action of album highlight "You Didn't Care".