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7: Courtney Pine – Butterfly (feat. Omar)

7: Courtney Pine – Butterfly (feat. Omar)

No musician embodies more the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than Courtney Pine. His debut album, Journey To The Urge Within in 1987, was the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40, notching up sales to qualify for a silver disc.

Aside from being the preeminent figure in the resurgence of British jazz, Courtney became a renowned presenter and broadcaster, best known for his long running radio show for BBC Radio 2, ‘Jazz Crusade’. He was also awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year’s Honours, and was also made a C.B.E in 2009 for services to Music.

As an artist always looking to work outside of and across established musical genres, it is easier to list the musicians and artists he hasn’t worked with, but now in 2017 Courtney releases brand new music featuring another British music legend of equal repute, his Freestyle Records label mate and an artist also honoured for his own creative endeavours; Omar Lyefook M.B.E.

Both tracks of this single are taken from Courtneys’ forthcoming album Black Notes From The Deep – the 19th of his stellar career. The exciting and fresh interpretation of Herbie Hancocks’ Butterfly demonstrates straight away that this is a dream team combination. With Alec Dankworth laying down the bass, Rod Youngs’ drumming underpinning the groove, the song also gives the outstanding keyboards of Robert Mitchell space to stretch out – Omars fantastic vocal performance rides sweetly on top of the dreamy backing vocals of Charleen Hamilton – and of course Courtneys’ flowing, imaginative and creative solo perfects this modern version of a much loved classic.

Rules is a brand new, collaborative composition by Courtney & Omar – the punchy drums and bass line patterns hints simultaneously at classic jazz and funkier club-centric sounds. Courtney cooks on tenor saxophone and also the organ – whilst Omar marinades the super catchy melody with that unmistakable voice.

As an introduction to the forthcoming album Black Notes From The Deep this single points the way to what 2 British legends, both exemplary in their own right – can come up with when joining forces.

7: The Andy Tolman Cartel – Move Over

7: The Andy Tolman Cartel – Move Over

For many decades, if you wanted to listen to great music all you needed to do was one thing…switch on your television!

TV and film soundtracks were often the work of absolute masters of their art – such as US legends Lalo Schiffrin & Quincy Jones, and their Uk counterparts Ronnie Hazelhurst and Alan Hawkshaw, provided the soundtrack to the 60, 70’s and 80’s at a time when film and TV music was unashamedly groovy and featured the ensemble of choice for the jazz arranger: The Big Band! The Andy Tolman Cartel captures the spirit and musical excitement of that style with a collection of epic tunes, composed, arranged and recorded for Big Band by bass player, composer and bon viveur, Andy Tolman and produced by the projects drummer, Nick Van Gelder.

As a tantalising taster of the sounds encompassed within the forthcoming full length album Cypher – this absolute kicking single kicks off with a thundering, stomping cover version of Janis Joplins’ Move Over – with award winning singer Jo Harman on vocal duties (Jo recently hit the BBC Radio 2 playlist with her own single When We Were Young which features the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonald as special guest) The flipside – album title track Cypher – contrastingly is a brilliant, spy movie style scorcher with disco flourishes – banks of blazing horns, squelchy synthesizers, super tight drums all coalesce into the greatest soundtrack currently searching for a TV show to be the theme for!

7: Souls Come Alive (Sampler)

7: Souls Come Alive (Sampler)

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Australia’s Deep Street Soul, since signing to Freestyle Records in 2008, have earned a reputation as being right at the grittiest end of the hard funk scene who made a big impact from the outset – with even the MC5’s Wayne Kramer saying that their version of Kick Out The Jams … is the greatest version of the song ever recorded!.

From their debut self titled instrumental long player, to the 2011 follow up ‘Look Out, Watch Out’ (and the addition of vocalist mighty May Johnston) this band have delivered two extremely tough and uncompromising slabs of raw funk & soul.

2016 sees the band return with this two track teaser taken from the new album ‘Come Alive!’, and it’s clear from the outset that the group have taken it up a level with Mighty May making her presence felt on both sides of this heavy 45.

Souls Come Alive leaps from the speakers with Monique Boggia’s electric piano intro, the blistering horns kick like a donkey behind May Johnson’s simply exemplary singing – the songs’ catchy appeal will be lost on no one with an ear for genuine organic 21st century soul music. the flipside Done Me Wrong also doesn’t let the pressure drop for a second.

Without a doubt this new single proves Deep Street Soul have delivered two extremely tough and uncompromising slabs of raw funk & soul that hints at the stunning album to come.

7: Black Feeling, Vol. 3 (Sampler)

7: Black Feeling, Vol. 3 (Sampler)

Two choice cuts from the upcoming third instalment in Lance Ferguson’s Black Feeling project. Here we have ‘Futebol bu Bar’ and Deodato’s ‘Latin Strut’.

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7: Ginger Johnson – I Jool Omo

7: Ginger Johnson – I Jool Omo

First single to be taken from the upcoming re-issue of African Party by Ginger Johnson and His African Messengers – a rare classic pre-afrobeat masterpiece that has never been properly re-issued until now.

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7: Kalbata & Mixmonster – Inna Skateland

7: Kalbata & Mixmonster – Inna Skateland

The third single to be taken from Kalbata & Mixmonster’s album, Congo Beat The Drum, is Inna Skateland featuring the legendary Puddy Roots on vocals and also includes an exclusive dub version of the track.

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7: Lack of Afro – Freedom

7: Lack of Afro – Freedom

One of the biggest tracks off the latest Lack of Afro album, Music for Adverts, is Freedom featuring Jack Tyson-Charles, and it’s now available on 7-inch vinyl along with the exclusive; Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances.

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7: Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Mind Made Up / Losin’ Streak

7: Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Mind Made Up / Losin’ Streak

Australia’s Cookin’ on 3 Burners return with their Mind Made Up / Losin’ Streak 7-inch featuring Kylie Auldist and Daniel Merriweather – taken from the upcoming new album; Blind Bet.

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7: Kalbata & Mixmonster – Prisoner in Love feat. Little John

7: Kalbata & Mixmonster – Prisoner in Love feat. Little John

Israeli producers, Kalbata & Mixmonster, travelled to Kingston, Jamaica to work with the original dancehall-vocalist pioneers. For the first single they worked with Little John to create a beautiful roots reggae track.

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7: Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – El Ritmo De Nueva York

7: Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – El Ritmo De Nueva York

Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers are back with El Ritmo De Nueva York, taken from their upcoming new album Que Chevre!

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