Monday, 22 June 2015

***REVIEW*** Leon Bridges - Coming Home - Columbia Records

With vintage Soul music very much seeming 'en vogue' to the mainstream right now there have been a plethoria of copy cat acts as well as some extremely poor attempts to jump on the band wagon and cash in on the Soul sound.
Leon Bridges, the well dressed and slick 25 year old from Fort Worth, Texas steps up to the plate!
He's been honing his sound for the last year or so with a ruthless touring schedule across the States, as well as several jaunts over to this side of the pond. After months of tracking his steady rise he finely breaks out onto the scene with his finely polished new long player, "Coming Home" which was released today!
Unlike many acts his sound is not forced and feels very natural. It's easy to see why he has already been likened to Sam Cooke as his music could quite easily be mistaken for a misplaced or lost recording session from the Sixties Stax or Atlantic era.
The album is relatively short, running in at just 34 minutes but what you have here is 10 tracks that are all as equally strong as each other, all killer with no filler! Musically it's very comforting, never feeling too pretentious with the strength of his vocals continually leading the LP.

Bridges' traverses well across the Soul spectrum, touching Gospel notes with the beautifully haunting "River" as well as with more upbeat tracks like "Smooth Sailin" and "Twistin' & Groovin'" which lend a nod to the southern Blues sound. "Lisa Sawyer" gives us an intimate tribute to his Mother with a Doo-Wop tinged sultry saxophone backing. 

The vintage analogue recording lends itself well to his style and the production is excellent from Austin Jenkins & Josh Block who were both instrumental in helping Leon Bridges develop his style.

This is real bare bones Soul music at its best and if this fantastic introduction to Leon Bridges is anything to go by I think his career will be one to definitely watch!

Grab a copy of "Coming Home" on Vinyl or CD HERE

Or get your E-dig on HERE

Monday, 15 June 2015

Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) - Guest Mix For The Funky16Corners 2015 Allnighter/ Pledge Drive

I recently had the privilege of being asked to contribute to the legendary Funky16Corners website run by collector, walking well of knowledge and all round nice guy Larry Grogan!

Larry hosts an annual virtual Allnighter and Pledge Drive to help keep his extremely informative site going!

I've put together 50 minutes of the "Good Stuff" for your listening pleasure so head on over to now to drop a few pennies in the bucket and grab my mix as well as a host of others from some great DJs from across the scene!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hole In The Wall Soul Club - 13/06/2015 - London


The Showstoppers - Ain't Nothing But A House Party - TOTP 1971

***NEW*** Ramrock Records 2015 Releases

Respected black dance music DJ Jo Wallace was commissioned to create a bespoke track to accompany 2014's must see exhibition 'Return of the Rudeboy' by its creators, Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott.

In order to deliver the track in a limited vinyl format, Jo had to create a label....thus, Ramrock was born. Tipping the brim of a pork pie hat in the direction of the glorious heyday of Jamaican rocksteady, Jo tailored the sound to fit the flavour of the exhibition - more Argyle socks than on the rocks.

Gathering together the production skills of the legendary Ashley Beedle, the talents of musical supremo Darren Morris and the mighty MC D'Oxman, Jo oversaw the whole project in the studio even lending a hand on backing vocals and percussive teacup.

Jo has now been allocated tracks from Adrian Sherwood's mighty On-U Sounds catalogue for exclusive vinyl only release. Jeb Loy Nicols and L.S.K are due for release on May 15th, 2015. Watch out for a summer release for an original Jo Wallace production in collaboration with Ghetto Priest and Taz, Mark Professor, Andre Espeut and a few other surprise artists.

There's a Versions Galore LP in the pipeline.....exciting times!!