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Dave Mascall – Acid Lounge Vol. 5

Dave Mascall was born in Southend and began playing guitar at the age of 14. He was fortunate to stand in for smooth jazz star Peter White for a brief period playing in the backing band together with top latin percussionist Snowboy for ex Matt Bianco singer, Basia. He then spent some time playing and touring  at home and abroad with Sister Sledge, George McCrae, Boney M, Odyssey, The Drifters and others. Dave formed a commercial rock duo, Skratch, with vocalist and frontman Pete Tobit  and this resulted in performing in two soul and Motown tribute shows – Reach Out and Sisters of Soul.

The last few years has seen some prolific musical output from Dave with his main interest being the Acid Lounge project. The Acid Lounge series of recordings is where Dave has been combining his jazz flavored guitar style with his love of upbeat and laidback dance orientated grooves.And so the musical journey continues with Acid Lounge Vol 5.

Get this album on Dave’s website.

Incognito – Tomorrow’s New Dream

British acid jazz band Incognito release their new album Tomorrow’s New Dream on November 8th 2019, and have announced a huge homecoming London show at Indigo at The O2 on December 4th 2019, marking an incredible 40 years since their formation.

An enduring relationship with music has seen Jean-Paul (Bluey) Maunick lead his band Incognito to their 40th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Bluey has recorded a brand-new album of songs and instrumentals with the hallmark Incognito sounds both familiar and fresh, encompassing acid jazz, soul, funk, and neo-soul.

This album offers a rich sonic journey at every turn that features special guests Maysa, Phil Perry, Take 6, Mario Biondi and many others, collaborating with band members past and present, along with the talented new ’Cogs’. It’s a record of brand-new, original tracks that would feel right at home featuring on any of their most enduring, classic releases from the past. Continue reading

Down To The Bone – Funkin’ Around (A Collection of Remixes and Reworks)

FunkinAroundDown To The Bone is a project by producer and writer Stuart Wade. The project is named after the former London jazz club “To The Bone”. Although Stuart is the mastermind of the project, he never performed an instrument on the recordings or the live events. Nevertheless his ideas are so flashing, that the project has a tremendous success especially in the States.

All started with the first album From Manhattan To Staten in 1996 on the UK label Internal Bass Records. The Urban Grooves (1999) and Spread The Word (2000) followed on this label. Crazy Vibes and Things (2002) was released on GRP, Cellar Funk (2004), Spread Love Like Wildfire (2005), and Supercharged (2007) on Narada, Future Boogie (2009) on Shanachie, The Main Ingredients (2011) and Dig It (2014) on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records, the UK­-version on Dôme Records.

Funkin’ Around (2019) is a collection of remixes and reworks. Electric VibesThe FlowRight On Baby YeahFunk’ AroundAngel BabyWildfire WomanBlack ChoiceWatch Me Fly and Brooklyn Heights are the basis of the remixes. Acid Jazz is anyway a format that is less suitable for listening than for dancing. For this reason the rhythm plays a superior role and takes the same rank as the melody.

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The Brand New Heavies – TBNH

Can it really be thirty years since The Brand New Heavies first sashayed their way into the public eye with a romantic’s heart, a hedonist’s spirit and a Superfly sensibility?

Their extraordinary new album TBNH, however, finds the band – and main songwriters funk-soul brothers Andrew Levy (bass) and Simon Bartholomew (guitar) – embarking on an entirely new chapter in their illustrious history.

A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched-soul balladry, TBNH refines, reimagines and ultimately reinvents a winning formula which has won them sixteen top 40 hits and three million album sales. The morello cherry in the glass? A breath-taking cover of Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls, recorded with long-term associate and vocalist N’Dea Davenport produced by Heavies uber-fan Mark Ronson. A return to the classic line-up that had originally brought the funk into the nascent producer’s life having caught their live show in New York in ’91, a meeting that later saw him invite the band to play at his fortieth birthday celebrations. Insistent once more to reconvene the same personnel, he has successfully reunited N’Dea and the Heavies for this recording. As Simon says of their collaboration with the planet’s hottest producer; ” It’s incredible to think that everything he’s done since has been shaped by us. It’s a cool thing.”

At the album’s core, a friendship dating back to the mid-eighties, and their shared experiences growing up in Ealing, West London. “For us it’s always been about a love of funk, and the positive things which go with it, like dancing, hanging out and having a good time,” says Simon of one of pop’s most stylish and enduring partnerships.“We didn’t invent the wheel, but we did reinvent it to a certain extent by going back to the people in America who made the funk in the first place. That love of the music never goes away.”

Tracklisting
1. Beautiful with Beverley Knight
2. Stupid Love with Angela Ricci
3. Just Believe In You with Siedah Garrett
4. Getaway with N’Dea Davenport
5. Heat with Honey Larochelle
6. The Funk Is Back with Simon Bartholomew
7. Together with Angie Stone
8. These Walls & N’Dea Davenport
9. It’s My Destiny with Siedah Garrett
10. Wired Up with N’Dea Davenport
11. Dance It Out with Angela Ricci
12. Little Dancer with Jack Knight
13. Dontcha Wanna with Laville
14. Get On The Right Side with Angela Ricci

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Chris Standring – Best Of Chris Standring Remixed

Actually guitarist Chris Standring didn’t want to release a best-of album, because in his opinion every interested fan can download his music individually. One then came up with the idea of releasing remixed versions. Chris was immediately taken with this idea. He commissioned the producers Rodney Lee and Matt Cooper, and Chris himself set to work to include pieces he thought worthy in this collection.

The pieces were not simply remixed, but re-recorded by the musicians involved. If you want to compare the original recordings with the newly recorded ones, it’s not made that easy. The starting track Stop It (Mercury Mix 2019) for example was taken from Chris first album, released in 1996 under the band name Solar System featuring Chris Standring, keyboardist Rodney Lee and lyricist C.R.A.S.H.. Dino Soldo performed the sax on the original. That was the high time of acid jazz. The new version is more upbeat, the rhythm more powerful, one notices the routine of the last twenty years.

Fast Train To Everywhere was originally recorded on the album Blue Bolero (2010). The original orchestral approach featuring Barbara Porter’s string orchestra is only hinted  and abandoned in favor of the main motif on the Jupiter Mix 2019. Those who prefer the original can listen to an alternative recording on the album Live In London (2017).

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Chris Standring – Best of Chris Standring Remixed

Over twenty years and twelve albums into his career as a solo artist, chart-topping guitarist Chris Standring had no interest in putting out a typical “best of” album. After a gig, a fan approached him with a novel idea that did get his creative wheels spinning. “I had thought about releasing a ‘best of’ for a long time, but it didn’t make a lot of sense because with streaming and downloadable songs, anyone can grab their favorite songs thus a compilation felt a little redundant. But then a fan brought me the idea to take my most popular songs and do something new with them. It’s nice to breathe new life into some music that has been around a while,” said Standring who drops “Best of Chris Standring Remixed” on June 21 on the Ultimate Vibe Recordings label.

The British guitarist remixed eleven songs from his catalogue of instrumental R&B, soul jazz and electronica, including the No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Track of the Year in 2010, “Bossa Blue,” and a 2014 Billboard No. 1 single, “Sneakin’ Out the Front Door.” According to Standring, the songs for “Best of Chris Standring Remixed” were selected based on two criteria. “First and foremost, the popularity of each track. Most of these songs were heavily searched on the internet. Secondly, songs were chosen based on how each might lend itself to a remix,” said Standring, who will celebrate the album release by performing two shows at the Blue Note Napa in the heart of the Napa Valley on the record release date.

The only song not culled from a previous Standring solo album is the 1996 track “Stop It!” from an acid jazz band he was in called Solar System. One of his former bandmates and longtime songwriting partner, Rodney Lee, reconfigured that track along with four others – “Fast Train To Everywhere,” “Liquid Soul,” “Pandora’s Box” and “Sneakin’ Out The Front Door” – adding imaginative bursts of electronic ingenuity over chunky beats. British techno DJ Matt Cooper put a clubby trance vibe on three cuts – “Bossa Blue,” “Oliver’s Twist” and “Ready Steady Flow.” Standring’s only advance directive to Lee and Cooper was “‘Do your thing.’ I didn’t want them to be constrained in any way. And they certainly weren’t.” Continue reading

Down To The Bone – From Manhattan To Staten – The Urban Grooves – Spread The Word

The UK’s leading jazz groove band Down To The Bone present a seriously funky all-instrumental 3CD collection of their first three albums, which have been unavailable in physical format for some years.

From Manhattan To Staten” went to No 2 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart on its original release in the Nineties, while another key cut, the Grammy-nominated “Brooklyn Heights”, hit No 2 on Billboard’s Jazz airplay chart. Both these tunes also feature as 2019 bonus tracks, recorded live in the studio by the band’s current line-up.

Second CD “The Urban Grooves” opens with two more DTTB classics, “Long Way From Brooklyn” and “The Zodiac”. Again, the album has a newly recorded bonus track, a cover of Willie “Beaver” Hale’s “Concrete Jungle”, long a favorite in their live set. Third CD “Spread The Word” also features a brand new bonus track – available for the first time – a cover of Beyonce’s 2006 hit “Déjà vu”.

Get this collection on Amazon.co.uk.