Music wise there are some great tracks to look out for in the coming months. One track we have been following since its early demo days is the former SSW guests Steal Vybe featuring Marc Sirdane (formally Sadane) on vocals, who also appeared at SSW6. Marc Sirdane recorded two blinding LPs for Warner Brothers and his tracks ‘Baby Won’t Cha’, ‘One Minute From Love’ and ‘One Way Love Affair’ are still favourites on the Modern Soul scene to this day. Sirdane has recorded Garage tracks in the past with BOP but this track titled ‘Take You There’ stands head and shoulders above those surprisingly unremarkable BOP productions. Like Sirdane, Steal Vybe have not really had the break they justly deserve, their productions are ridiculous and this latest offering is outstanding both vocally and production wise. Haunting female vocals lead us down the infectious, bumpy bassline path where we are greeted by Sirdane’s focussed vocal. Sirdane is cuddled by more lush female vocals through the track and the female vocals spar wonderfully with Sirdane’s confident performance. Spattered with lovely, soulful synth whines and marimba percussive punctuation, you can’t help but jump on the groove and take the ride.
Various Artists (title unknown) Boogie Café
SSW7 guests Boogie Café sent us a great Test Pressing featuring four tracks from the Bristol based stable. Ebony Cuts ‘Bionic Lover’ is a dirty Funk stomper laced with horns and clicky guitar rhythm. The Boogie Café crew chuck the 180 dart with ‘Maple Loco’, which is a ridiculously fierce rip of El Coco’s ‘Cocomotion’. Conga heavy Disco at its best! Neil Diablo keeps the Disco heat turned up to max with ‘Got To Give In’ and Javi Frias from Madrid lays down the thick and muddy bassline heavy ‘Time And Space’, which seems to fill every space in every bar with sound. Proper edits shenanigans filled with meaty Disco goodness with loadsa phat bits.
Carvalho ‘Soul New’ (Digital only)
Carlvaho has nailed that sound that straddles the Modern Soul and Garage genres perfectly with ‘Soul New’ on the ‘Extended Mix’ and the production is really, really nice. Loadsa warm, rounded bottom end and slippery bass lix, short stabby, searing strings and long lush strings also, vibes and sweet flute played by Carvalho ride the gentle hand clap driven trip. Carvalho demonstrates his wicked vocal range as he leaps from his soulful, mellifluous tones into falsetto moments, some inflicted with an understated rasp that adds a lil’ texture to this velvet wrapped dancer. A must for the Soul rooms and mo’ soulful House rooms.
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Oscar P ‘The Last Ronin’ Open Bar Music Album
Let’s not beat about the bush here, you need this LP! Moments of sheer genius prevail here, Mark Farina’s track on the LP ‘Cmon’ Playa’ is silly, silly baad and been in my box and dropped to great effect for months and months… Talk ‘bout a groove, damn this is on fire. The rumbling bass of ‘Be Where You Are’ would put pressure even on that Ministry rig, it’s all sweetened up with Angel A’s dreamy vocal. Marvin Brown’s vocal on ‘Witness’ is black, black and soulful to the very core and the Jazz undertones of this track simply send me. Hey, it’s fuckin’ pointless me reelin’ each track of the the fifteen available here, we will be wasting valuable playin’ time… Jus’ buy it! Dark, sweet, melodic, Afro influenced and very naughty at times with beats so heavy you are bound to have the neighbour knockin’ on the wall.
Fuzion Starring Cassio Ware The Day That I Stopped Loving U Fuzion Records
I can’t remember Cassio Ware being involved in a bad record… EVER! And he keeps a clean slate with this latest outing on Fuzion, which is a project between Ware and Franke Estevez. The ‘90’s Retro Vox’ finds Ware delivering a typical moody spoken monologue over a lovely squelchy bassline, searing organ and irresistible percussion that is mind blowing. The ‘Late Night Vox’ is underpinned with piano stabs taking us up to the, oh so sweet synth swirls and fluty keys. And so the story continues, it’s killa mix after killa right down to the stripped to the percussive bones beats mixes that are simple sick grooves. A piece of work dedicated to Cassio’s girlfriend Tasha who sadly passed away after a tragic accident earlier this year.
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Have a great Christmas and wicked New Year/Hogmanay!
See ya’ll at 99 Hanover Street in Edinburgh on Christmas Eve for a mash up of nu House, rare Disco, Boogie and Jazzy shiz 21:00-late FREE ENTRY
And make sure you don’t miss MFSBD or Mother Funkin’ Soulful Boxing Day on December 26th downstairs at The Street on the corner of Picardy Place and Broughton Street, Edinburgh. It’s a one off MFSB with myself and SOUL SAM on the decks all night playing Disco, Modern Soul, Boogie, rare Soul and a touch of Northern. Things kick off at 21:00 and finish at 03:00 and as ever it’s FREE!!