Author Archive: dereksmusicblog

DJ VADIM AND BLACKSTONE-DOUBLE SIDED

DJ Vadim and Blackstone–Double Sided. Label: BBE. The first time that Californian singer-songwriter Katrina Blackstone collaborated with Barcelona-based hip hop producer DJ Vadim, was on his 2014 album Dubcatcher. Katrina Blackstone was part of what was an all-star cast of vocalists and MCs that featured on the album.  She joined YT on Give It Up and Serocee …

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ANDINA: HUAYNO, CARNAVAL AND CUMBIA-THE SOUND OF THE PERUVIAN ANDES 1968-1978.

Andina: Huayno, Carnaval and Cumbia-The Sound Of The Peruvian Andes 1968-1978. Label: Tiger’s Milk Records/Strut. Five years ago in 2012, award-winning Peruvian chef, DJ, restaurateur and art collector Martin Morales cofounded Tiger’s Milk Records with former Soundway Records label manager and PR guru Duncan Ballantyne. The nascent Tiger’s Milk Records’ raison d’être was to release …

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BOBBY BYRD-HELP FOR MY BROTHER: THE PRE-FUNK SINGLES 1963-1868.

Bobby Byrd-Help For My Brother: The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-1968. Label: BGP. During a long and successful career Bobby Byrd was a musician, producer, songwriter and talent scout. He was also one of the founding fathers of funk, and the man who discovered the future hardest working man in show business, James Brown in 1953. This …

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ELIANA CUEVAS-GOLPES Y FLORES.

Eliana Cuevas-Golpes y Flores.  Label: Alma Records. It was twenty years ago in 1997, when Venezuelan singer, songwriter and bandleader Eliana Cuevas arrived in Toronto, Canada, which she now calls home. Since then, Eliana Cuevas’ career has flourished, and the award-winning singer-songwriter is now one of the most successful Latin American singers of her generations. …

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THE DETROIT EMERALDS-I THINK OF YOU: THE BEST OF THE WESTBOUND SINGLES 1969-1975.

The Detroit Emeralds-I Think Of You: The Best Of The Westbound Singles 1969-1975. Label: Westbound Records. From the late sixties right through to the mid seventies, there was a resurgence in popularity in soul music on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the most popular groups and artists were from cities like Atlanta, Detroit, …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE.

The Rise and Demise Of Sly and the Family Stone. Between 1966 and 1976, psychedelic soul pioneers Sly and The Family Stone released eight studio albums and their first Greatest Hits album. These albums showcased Sly and the Family Stone’s genre-melting music, which took as a starting point psychedelic soul and added funk and rock to this heady musical brew. …

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FIFTEEN YEARS OF THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA.

Fifteen Years Of  The Souljazz Orchestra. When The Souljazz Orchestra was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2002 none of its members had any idea where they would or what they would be doing in fifteen years time. They didn’t even know if The Souljazz Orchestra would still be together? The Souljazz Orchestra could’ve been consigned …

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LINDA PERHACS-I’M A HARMONY.

Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony. Label: Omnivore Recordings. There aren’t many artists that wait forty-four years before releasing their sophomore album. That was the case with one of music’s best kept secrets, Linda Perhacs, who returned with her much-anticipated comeback sophomore album The Soul Of All Natural Things in March 2014. It was the followup to …

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SUSANNE SUNDFOR-MUSIC FOR PEOPLE IN TROUBLE.

Susanne Sundfør-Music For People In Trouble. Label: Bella Union. Although Susanne Sundfør only embarked upon a musical career in 2005, the thirty-one year old is already one of Norway’s most successful singer, songwriter and producers. Her last four studio albums have topped the Norwegian charts, including her recently released fifth album Music For People In …

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RONNIE MILSAP-OUT WHERE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS ARE GLOWING, THERE’S NO GETTIN’ OVER ME, KEYED UP AND ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE.

Ronnie Milsap-Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing, There’s No Gettin’ Over Me, Keyed Up and One More Try For Love. Label: BGO Records. As Ronnie Milsap celebrated his thirty-eighth birthday on January the ’16th’ 1981, he was well on his way to becoming one of the most successful country singers of his generation. Life …

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 ERLEND APNESETH TRIO-ARA.

Erlend Apneseth Trio-Åra. Label: Hubro Music. Just a year after the Erlend Apneseth Trio released their critically acclaimed debut album Det Andre Rommet, they recently returned with their sophomore album Åra, which was released on Hubro Music. Åra finds the talented triumvirate return with another album of original music that is regarded as an almost …

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EL TURRONERO-NEW HONDO.

El Turronero-New Hondo. Label: Pharaway Sounds.  All to often, music that was way ahead of its time failed to find the audience it deserves. It’s only much later when the music is reevaluated by a new generation of record buyers who realise and recognise the importance of the music. That has been the case time …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE YOUNGBLOODS.

The Rise and Demise Of The Youngbloods By 1965, bassist and vocalist Jesse Colin Young was twenty-four and had already enjoyed a degree of success as a folk singer. He had already released two albums The Soul Of A City Boy in 1964, and Young Blood in 1965. However, Jesse Colin Young’s solo career was …

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ROBERT BUCHANAN-FROM THE BLUE NILE TO THE SOLO YEARS.

Robert Buchanan-From The Blue Nile To The Solo Years. Enigmatic, reluctant and contrarian are words that best describe The Blue Nile, who were the complete opposite to most bands. To say that tThe Blue Nile were publicity shy is something of an understatement. Ever since Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and P.J. Moore formed the Blue Nile …

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THE JAMES L’ESTRAUNGE ORCHESTRA-EVENTUAL REALITY.

The James L’Estraunge Orchestra-Eventual Reality.  Label: BBE. For the best part of six decades, Scotland has enjoyed a thriving and vibrant music scene, and produced many artist and bands that went on to enjoy commercial success and critical acclaim. This started back in the sixties, when Sunshine Soldier Donavon enjoyed a string of successful singles …

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KEV BEADLE PRESENTS PRIVATE COLLECTION VOLUME 3.

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3. Label: BBE. Just over three years have passed since BBE released Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 2 to plaudits and praise in July 2014. Since then, much has changed in the life of DJ, club promoter, compiler and inveterate crate-digger Kev Beadle.  The unthinkable happened in 2016 …

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RON KADISH-TALES FROM UNDER.

Ron Kadish-Tales From Under. Label:  Kadishtunes. Twenty-four years ago, in 1993, bassist Ron Kadish dropped out of graduate school and embarked upon a career as a freelance musician. This could’ve been the biggest mistake of his life, and a decision he lived to regret. Fortunately, this throw of the dice paid off, and Ron Kadish’s …

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-SMALL TALK, HIGH ON YOU AND HEARD YA MISSED ME, WELL I’M BACK.

Sly and the Family Stone-Small Talk, High On You and Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back. Label: BGO Records. As Sly and the Family Stone prepared to release their seventh studio album Small Talk in July 1974, they were enjoying the most successful period of their career.They had been enjoying commercial success and critical …

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THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH-NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.

The Undisputed Truth-Nothing But The Truth. Label: Kent Soul. By the time The Undisputed Truth released their eponymous debut album in July 1971, Norman Whitfield had spent the best part of nine years at Motown. He was one of the company’s top producers, and was the man who brought psychedelic soul to Motown in 1968. …

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ARTHUR BLYTHE’S COLUMBIA YEARS.

Arthur Blythe’s Columbia Years. Prodigy is one of the most overused words in the English language. Time after time it’s used to describe young children who show a modicum of talent in sport and music. Sadly, and all too often, those that were described as a prodigy never fulfil their supposed potential. The young ball …

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