"If I say so myself, this 6th volume of The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club may just be the best yet - we have so much top tunage on this album, I have just about managed to squeeze 2Lbs of funk into a 1lb bag - featuring seventeen cool contemporary cuts from 21st century purveyors of quality funky, soulful, jazzy, latin, gospel and bluesy sounds - and two original 1970's, rare groove monsters from The Mighty Ryeders, and the equally mighty Brian Auger's Oblivion Express!

Volume 6's finest funk comes courtesy The Get Up, and The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, sweet soul is supplied by Michelle David, Kizzy Crawford and Gizelle Smith, there's jazzy business from Chip Wickham, Courtney Pine and Menagarie. We have latino lunacy courtesy Grupo Magnetico's version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone, and sassy salsa from Orquesta Akokan direct from Cuba. 

Someone once said that 'talking about music is like dancing about architecture' so instead, just take a look at the full tracklist below - I hope you want it, love it and go and get it! May it keep you boogieing, and grooving until the Volume 7.. the only thing for me to say now is.. of course.. Awooga!"

Craig Charles.


1. The Bamboos  - Golden Ticket
2. Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum - Smokey Joe's La La
3. The Mighty Ryeders - Evil Vibrations 
4. Matador! Soul Sounds - Too Late
5 . Grupo Magnetico - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
6. The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Ain't It Funky Now
7. Michelle David and The Gospel Sessions - Gonna Be Alright
8. Mestizo Beat - Featherbed Lane
9. Smoove and Turrell feat Izo FitzRoy - You're Gone 
10. Kizzy Crawford - Progression
11. Chip Wickham - Rebel No 23
12. The Lewis Express  - Brother Move On
13. Courtney Pine feat Omar - Rules
14. Brian Auger's Oblivion Express feat Alex Ligertwood - Foolish Girl
15. The New Mastersounds - Tantalus
16. The Getup - Hush
17. Orquesta Akokan - Mambo Rapidito
18. Gizelle Smith - Scared of Something

19. Menagerie - Spiral


Following up their successful 2016 release "The Nashville Session", British funk and soul-jazz veterans The New Mastersounds returned to the same analog studio to record another set of tunes in front of an invited local audience. The live set was recorded and mixed directly onto 1/4" stereo tape reels on a hot June evening: no edits, no overdubs. 8 of the tracks made it to the LP, 2 more were selected for the CD and Digital release."The Nashville Session 2" combines the vitality and immediacy of live performance with gorgeous crunchy 70s studio tape sound, perfectly capturing the energy and chemistry between these four musicians at the top of their game after nearly two decades together. An essential buy for existing NMS devotees, this record will also appeal to fans of Greyboy, Quantic, Smoove & Turrell, Lack of Afro, The Meters, Breakestra etc... The tunes are all NMS originals apart from a cover of the John Cameron / KPM cult classic "Afro Metropolis".


20 Questions You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Ask... Sam Q


Ola Amigos, back with a bossanova bonanza for ya peepsqueaks! The ‘Magnetic Lunchbox’ EP is out in the digital stores and on glorious vinyl December the 17th and here’s  the head’s up from the press blurb...

‘’A1 side’’ ‘’Pele’s Groove’’ the title track a driving Latin Rhythm that will fill dancefloors coupled with the hypnotic vocal chants of ‘’Blues Cul De Sac’’ hit the HOT SPOT of Jazz/Latino essence. ‘’A2 Side’’ - ‘’Song for Mariam’’ and ‘’Secret Bossa Nova Club’’ feature the alluring Vocals of Irene Ermellio set against a magnificent 20 piece Orchestra ooze romantic latin audio aroma’!’

Sounds like your cup of char eh chaps - scroll down to check his latest video and show him some love!
Stay safe out there 
- TBC


1. How would you best describe what you do to the uninitiated?
 Im a Jazz Saxophonist and Composer of Bossa Nova/Latino Genre.

2. Where would you say you are with regard to your career right now?
Instigation of a 1960s rebirth with a hybrid Latino sounds to marry Mod/ Northern Soul/ Ska and Jazz to a new audience.. 
3. Which song (not neccesarilly yours) best sums you/the band up and why?
Currently" Pele's Groove " track infuses Latino Jazz as a common denominater to many musical genres and invites a brand new audience as well as the groovy fashionable 1960s look...

4. Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration (musically or otherwise)? 
John Coltrane.... Charlie Parker and The "Blue Note "Records artists spanning from 1958 to 1963..

5. Is there anyone amongst your influences that you think would surprise people and why?
The Indian Film Industry of the 1950s // The haunting melodies of the play back singers and inspiration such as Mohd Rafiq...Movies such as Pyassa and Mother India Spiritual vibes....

6. What are you most proud of?
The 5 albums Ive recorded over the last 30 years... Beg stole and borrowed to create my masterpieces..

7. In the quest to get the music ‘out there’ have you ever done or agreed to anything you’ve later regretted?
No!!!!!!

8. What’s the most ridiculous request that’s been asked of you/the band?
In 1988 when I was with The Cavemen in Birmingham was asked to play a gig where The Fine Young Cannibals would be falsely advertised so we would have their audience... The dodgy promoter thought it was a fantastic idea...

9. What do you think is the secret to a good working relationship amongst musicians?
I look to the great Jazz Band leaders such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington who were the Boss.... An equal authority will never work in a band situation will eventually cause derision... Respect has to be for the leader by the others first and foremost then the friendship develops..

10. If you could have played on one song (that you don’t), what would it be and why?
Kind of Blue album by Miles Davis.. Would have featured on All Blues..

11. How do you make the balance between music and personal responsibilities?
Its the same music is a expression of life.. Its easy to allocate time to personal existence when your family and friends are all involved with music.. They inspire and push me..

12. In light of the internet and downloading do you feel that fans are missing out on the record buying discovery/experience?
Whilst the Internet has opened up musical genres to the masses I thinkthe quality of Vinyl is sadly missed the linear notes developed knowledge to the listeners.. Delighted its made such a return..

13. Do you think that success is your motivation and do you have  a preset gameplan for your music/the band?
There are 2 types of success.. First as your development as a musician and secondly commercial success.. Both are equally important.. They work together for example your musical skills have to improve to keep the commercial edge.. Yes there has to be a plan of action as you are aware Im on the 60s road trip....

14. DJ’s are now as famous as a lot of the bands they play, what are your views on this and do you think it’s deserved?
There's a huge snobbery by musicians towards DJs but without them our success would be limited....Okay they don't all play instruments but they educate and guide the population to the great musicians both old and new..

15. To date, what has been your most memorable gig (either as a performer or as a fan)?
1985 at The Bass Clef Hoxton London with The Cavemen.. Booked by DJ Giles Peterson in his early days and together we showed the rebirth of Jazz.. Patsy Kensit and cast from the iconic movie Absolute Beginners were present and dancing..

16. How do you overcome pre-gig nerves (if you get them)?
Sometimes I wish I did...

17. When did you last write something?
About 10 minutes ago. Never stop writing as Im very down to earth I will never get writers block. It just flows

18. Have you ever reached a point where you’ve thought about throwing the towel in and walking away (and if so, what persuaded you otherwise)?
I was born to play and watched many fall and get day jobs. The music follows me and not the other way around. Never been disillusionment or felt like packing it in.. My love for Jazz music is awesome and that overcomes the numerous pitfalls of the Industry.. Yes I follow my heart.

19. What are your views on electronics muscling in and replacing live instruments during recording?
Love the electronic input.. I've had many remixes of my songs by electro wizards and fascinated with results.. Im no snob. We on the same side.

20. Lastly, thank you for your time. What made you agree to answer these questions?
Great questions by Matt.... Such a cool site I wanted to take part..


 Multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer from Brighton Flevans is back and he’s packing more breaks than the snooker world championships! 

"It Just Goes"sees talented Bristol-based vocalist Sarah Scott meditating on a rocky relationship and pleading with the partner for a change in their ways. Soulful and bouncing, the track features Flevans’ trademark broken beat drumlines in a super-clean and tight funk arrangement. A track brimming with energy coupled with a stellar top-line from a great singer.Speaking of fantastic female soul singers… On the flip, Flevans gets a little help from another of his friends - Laura Vane (MJ Cole, Gnarls Barkley, Laura Vane and the Vipertones). Together they serve up their take on a stone-cold classic from Lauren Hill of The Fugees – the seminal track - "Ex-Factor".And if that wasn't enough, we're also including a download to "Who's Got Me feat. Laura Vane" / "Take My Money" the two songs that came out on 45 in September, another double-whammy wth uptempo disco-boogie vibes and jazzy funk breaks. If you're already salivating at the thought of a new Flevans album you best fetch a serviette (or a bib!) as this is just an entrée!

  20 Questions You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Ask... Justin Likwid Anderson


1. How would you best describe what you do to the uninitiated?
I’m a singer, songwriter and producer who has made some pop art sound pictures.

2. Where would you say you are with regard to your career right now?
Developing into my label head and mogul mode with Boss Engine.

3. Which song (not neccesarilly yours) best sums you/the band up and why?
My best known tunes: Koochie Ryder by Freaky Realistic and Testify by Mains ignition. Fun Sixties based party pop that mix cartoon, movie magic and dance floor grooves.  For more twisted depth check out This Is Freaky Realistic and Mains Prayer. Semi eponymous tunes by the same bands. 

4. Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration (musically or otherwise)?
The Simpsons, Elvis Presley, Diane Warren.

5. Is there anyone amongst your influences that you think would surprise people and why?
Vic Reeves Big Night Out. I’ve always found comedians, TV shows, Cartoons and films equally if not more inspirational than music. Perhaps I’ve never really felt like I fitted into any current genre or scene so would get more ideas from other areas. 

6. What are you most proud of?
Koochie Ryder being Smash Hits single of the week and one of the actor Bill Nighy’s Desert Island Discs.

7. In the quest to get the music ‘out there’ have you ever done or agreed to anything you’ve later regretted?
The production on the Freaky Realistic album and especially the first single "Something New" became incredibly watered down and over produced from my original vision. As a young artist you have to weigh up if it’s worth starting again or compromising. The gamble didn’t quite pay off for me.

8. What’s the most ridiculous request that’s been asked of you/the band?
When I was t the 1993 Polydor xmas party I found myself in a hotel room at three in the morning with Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees and John Hendy from East 17 where we talked about forming a supergroup called Beaky Seventealisitic.

9. What do you think is the secret to a good working relationship amongst musicians?
Mutual respect. Sharing credits equally whatever the percentage of input. The magic and chemistry of people and places is what can make great art and music. Only pull rank when experience has taught you not to go down certain avenues. 

10. If you could have played on one song (that you don’t), what would it be and why?
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart : the recent comeback song by The Backstreet Boys. I’m a camp popper who always loves the latest.

11. How do you make the balance between music and personal responsibilities?
I guess I’ve always been able to live frugally through down times. I realise now that that can also be detrimental to ambition and you sometimes need to demand more. I met my responsibilities and always found some time to express myself artistically.

12. In light of the internet and downloading do you feel that fans are missing out on the record buying discovery/experience?
Not really. I sometimes look back and think it was foolish to stand in line to buy plastic circles with one song printed on them.

13. Do you think that success is your motivation and do you have  a preset gameplan for your music/the band?
I think it’s always good to be able to sell your goods and services the same as if you were a carpenter or plumber. It’s what got me out of pop music and into background library work or performing in local bars.

14. DJ’s are now as famous as a lot of the bands they play, what are your views on this and do you think it’s deserved?
I’d always been a big fan an advocate of the DJ as well as being a part of the whole pub, bar DJ scene from the later 90s’. I must admit I’m very bored of the whole thing now. Partly cos it never really worked for me but also because I realise my talents lie with songwriting. Something that doesn’t sit well with that whole genre.

15. To date, what has been your most memorable gig (either as a performer or as a fan)?
Freaky Realistic played a sports arena in Iceland when we were unknown in our own country. 

16. How do you overcome pre-gig nerves (if you get them)?
I don’t get them. Here’s a tip: If you’re a friend or fan of a performer don’t ask "are you nervous?" Just before they perform because whether they are or not it’s silly and is going to make the situation worse. Ask the other cliche: "What time are you on?" or something original. Even better don’t ask them anything. They’ve got enough on their plate. Say "Hey looking good!" Or "Can’t wait"

17. When did you last write something?
Over the last month or so I wrote a few love songs. Coz I’m soppy and in love.

18. Have you ever reached a point where you’ve thought about throwing the towel in and walking away (and if so, what persuaded you otherwise)?
I have given up or drifted away many times. I jokingly addressed it in my song "I’m a Cowboy" where I paraphrase the only decent line in Godfather 3: "I try to get out I get pushed back in". This alludes to the fact that unlike Michael Corleone I don’t get pulled back in by an industry that needs me for more dirty work, I get pushed by the straight world that can’t deal with my wilful eccentricities.

19. What are your views on electronics muscling in and replacing live instruments during recording?
I’ve always enjoyed the mixture of electronic and acoustic. My main issue with the live and TV performance is everyone blatantly mimes these days. From supposedly live X factor finals to small rock gigs: everyone’s at it.

20. Lastly, thank you for your time. What made you agree to answer these questions?
I met Matt on Twitter and he asked me. It’s been a couple of years since I did an interview. 

"The Putbacks lay down a groove with super-heavy authentic tones, attitude and feel!" - Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos)
The Putbacks"The Putbacks"

Melbourne’s dirtiest, darkest and heaviest funk rhythm section The Putbacksbring you an album of crunchy post-soul post-jazz mystery-cinema instrumentals. Produced by Paul Bender (of Hiatus Kaiyote) and featuring collaborations with luminaries such as Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this record is a hard hitting, abstract journey into an alternate reality where The Meters specialized in Sci-Fi soundtrack art and Dick Dale played guitar on Madlib records.Known for their instrumental 7inch funk cuts and their collaboration with Emma Donovan, this self-titled LP is the first full-length release to the band’s name and is well worth the wait. Minimal, spooky, and elastic, The Putbacks slide from dance floor fire to cinematic interlude and back, from densely composed music to free improv, blurring all the lines inbetween.

 

 Legendary Sax player and Composer of Latin Music SAM QURESHI has recorded this new Vinyl EP of unique Bossa Nova and Samba grooves…Magnetic Lunchbox...Produced by Abbey Room/Strong Rooms Dave Pemberton.. ‘’Sam Q’s Nightpatrol are The Beatles of Bossa Nova’’ – Bruce Replogle US Manager/Publicist of John Lennon

 

SAM Q’s Nightpatrol based in Manchester have been rocking audiences in the UK and their aura has reached worldwide.. Sam Q has played at Ronnie Scotts, Bass Clef and Jazz Café to name a few working alongside Giles Peterson in the 80s to help establish the London Jazz Dance Scene with the cult ‘’The Cavemen’’- Sam Q’s song writing abilities have captured both musicians and Industry Officials on a global level.. Sam Q’s album ‘’Samba of Love’’ signed to Brazilian label Grooveland Music with the follow up ‘’Love Spring Fountains’’ featuring Gibi Dossantos of Sergio Mendes.. a further 2 tracks featured on Mo Jazz 2 Compilation on Acid Jazz Records …

 

Prior to his death some years back the Legendary President/Guru of Blue Note Records in NYC Bruce Lundvall contacted Sam Qureshi to express a interest in his great Jazz/Bossa Nova sound phoning Guy Hayden at the London Office to arrange a meeting..Verve Guru Scott Morin said about his sound ‘’interesting concept both as a songwriter and saxophone player’’ – London’s owner of ‘’Straight No Chaser’’ Magazine Paul Bradshaw ‘’Exporting Bossa Nova from Manchester to Brazil’

‘Loyalty Lies’ - Darron J Connett


 ‘Yes I’ve Seen It All Before’ declares DJC almost immediately (but not literally) just to set the scene, an inspired turn of phrase considering Darron’s rise to ‘d’ya know what, bollocks - I’ll do it myself’ so called fame!

He’s no fool and knows the importance of who/why and how you become the artist you want to be. It’s talent, listening, learning and progression.

He hasn’t stumbled across any of the brilliance on this album - he has slaved, worked himself senseless, lost confidence, gained confidence, torn his own heart out and nearly lost himself to arrive at this, his ACTUAL masterpiece!

I’ll just knock out any haters who may think I have a vested interest here - yes, I know DJC but ask him yourselves I’m a shit mate that likes nothing more than having a pop for a laugh. Ask my wife about the first time she witnessed us together - she thought we were enemies - take that and party (as you wish).

Thing with this album/beast is DJC is not only asking where your Loyalty Lies but showing where his does too! Therefore it’s a naked album but somehow completely smothered in layers - try writing an entire album like that then you too could align yourself with the likes of Weller, Ashcroft and the Gallagher’s (easy comparisons to make I know but he holds more in common than you’d think. Check out his back catalogue most notably with The Last Of The Troubadours and Black Noire).

He does however (in my often blinkered but always humble opinion) hold more in common with the 60’s vibe and songwriting capabilities off Bowie than any of the aforementioned!

Fans of 70’s and 80’s revivalism who were on a similar ‘mission’ and later but albeit musically in the 90’s got into the more informed and rational melodic beauty that Ocean Colour Scene managed seem to think DJC is theirs! 

Wrong! 

He’s only just beginning....

I’ve waited till now to drop this word so here it is, DJC is a mod! A proper mod! 

Not stuck in the past but appreciative of it and progressing the movement!

Back to the point which is the album:

Solid opening track which speaks for itself followed by ‘How Dare You’, an annoyed artist rant - it’s the right of the writer, and delivered with gusto, style and accomplishment to all the haters, slaters and know all’s. Musically it’s a little bit of a nod to a lot of great tunes but prewarns you no fillers and no half arsed production is in store! 

Here’s the tune that makes you stop ‘Falling’! Almost digital but working -see Ashcrofts last masterpiece and remember it took a while to accept, not this track! Progression is modernism! Five Stars DJC!

I’ve nothing to say about ‘As Long As There Is Love’ because I believe that is a song that no-one should sully by giving away any spoiler alerts - it’s a masterpiece!

‘Red Baloon’ and ‘The Universal Merge’ are why I chose to get involved and show where my Loyalty Lies along with so many others - they are the songs I knew were in there and needed nurturing into realism! They are however better than I ever imagined although Billy Bragg is owed a pint or two for the riff on ‘Baloon’  - that aside, absolute perfect examples of Darron’s lyrical/poetic  ability! 

‘The Antedote’ is a fantastical whimsy in my ears of the kind of song our grandchildren will listen to and love like we do the likes of Kinks songs now! Some brilliant observational humour involved and genuine heartache to a soundscape to be proud of. The musicians on this album give their all and it shows.

Next up is where I go wrong ‘Hours of My Life’ is the best song I’ve heard in a very long time! Haunts me like a Beatles song the first time you hear it -I feel I’ve always known this song, it’s one of those! The backing vocals are my thoughts and the guitar the blood rushing through my veins! Almost, just almost Strawberry Fields good... DJC style! It’s sublime! 

I don’t want to say anything about the last 3 songs because if you are listening to it on the back of this review the beginning of the next song will be pay off enough and I want you to have more, like I did listening to it with fresh ears and no prejudice! 

In short, this is the best album anyone I know has bought this year and will cement a love for modernism to a new generation that needs it’s very own  swan songs!

As for you, young man - you’re a gent, a talent, a romantic and a solid believer and that is why I love you Darron J Connett, there I said it! Thanks mate, you’ve made an old man remember why he’s proud to wear a parka and dance like a lunatic.

You will too, just go listen!

Believe, and Behave,

•TBC


20 Questions You Didn’t Know You Wanted To Ask... Mike from The Mike Lenson Band


1. How would you best describe what you do to the uninitiated? 
 90s Acid Jazz meets Traffic?

2. Where would you say you are with regard to your career right now? 
Forever on a quest for a good gig and self-producing our 2nd EP

3. Which song (not neccesarilly yours) best sums you/the band up and why? 
Destination high – Mike Lenson Band, because it the closest sonic representation of what we do..

4. Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration (musically or otherwise)? 
 Personally, my influences are vast, as are the rest of the bands really, but someone who always comes to my head with questions like this is Donny Hathaway. So, guess I could say he’s a big one.  Stax and Chess also a massive influence onme. 

5. Is there anyone amongst your influences that you think would surprise people and why? 
The Who? Nothing like what we do but Quadrophenia has got to be in my top 5 albums. 

6. What are you most proud of? 

 Anything new.  


7. In the quest to get the music ‘out there’ have you ever done or agreed to anything you’ve later regretted?

Not really.  There’s been a few useless, so called "promoters" (Organisers) along the way 


8. What’s the most ridiculous request that’s been asked of you/the band?

Probably a pay to play scenario, which we refused of course.


9. What do you think is the secret to a good working relationship amongst musicians?

Respect, open mindedness, commitment and the only ego being the music


10. If you could have played on one song (that you don’t), what would it be and why?

Peaches en regalia – Frank Zappa.  It’s the best piece of music I’ve ever heard and have been part of that recorded performance would be a dream. 


11. How do you make the balance between music and personal responsibilities?

It ain’t easy, but sometimes you have to remind yourself that other things exist in life.


12. In light of the internet and downloading do you feel that fans are missing out on the record buying discovery/experience?

Totally! Artwork looks so much better on a 12" sleeve, even a CD.  There was something special about limited exposure to certain artists and the chase of seeking things out or waiting for a release. Do scenes exist anymore!? These daysit’s so much more throw away and instant. It does have its advantages though. You can write a song and potentially show it to the world.


13. Do you think that success is your motivation and do you have  a preset gameplan for your music/the band?

Writing and making good music is my motivation.  Just being able to achieve that is success to me. Being able to do that full-time is bliss. There’s no real gameplan for the music, that’s more based on feel.  We have objectives as aband.


14. DJ’s are now as famous as a lot of the bands they play, what are your views on this and do you think it’s deserved?

It’s all good. Without those DJs the music wouldn’t be exposed to as many people. I used to go raving back in the early 90s where the DJs were the music more than a majority of the artists. 


15. To date, what has been your most memorable gig (either as a performer or as a fan)?

Supporting Trio Valore was amazing.  Meeting Steve White was great. Such a nice bloke.  It’s not often that someone in his position makes the effort to come to you, shakes your hand and introduces themselves. Eddie Pillar shaking my hand and saying he liked our Young Disciples cover was also a bit mind blowing. A good night all round.


16. How do you overcome pre-gig nerves (if you get them)?

Drink then binge drink after the set. That’s mainly me and the Bass player 


17. When did you last write something?

Last night at 2am, when I should have been in bed. 


18. Have you ever reached a point where you’ve thought about throwing the towel in and walking away (and if so, what persuaded you otherwise)?

 A few times, but I just can’t turn my back on the feeling you get when a tune is working. 


19. What are your views on electronics muscling in and replacing live instuments during recording?

Hmmm.. There’s nothing like group of musicians playing in a room, all on the same wavelength and feeling it, but if something works with a track then my mind is open.


20. Lastly, thank you for your time. What made you agree to answer these questions?

No worries.  Seemed like a good idea and it’s nice to be asked.


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