US soul vocalist Kelly Moneymaker releases double Christmas single for charity

Fans of great historic soul singers may already be aware of the excellent Kelly Moneymaker. Following ably in the footsteps of vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, her rasping tone and huge power is enough to give anyone a run for their money.

This Christmas, Kelly Moneymaker has turned those vocal and soul talents to two festive singles, as heard above. Of course, the classic ‘Jingle Bells’ is instantly recogniseable, albeit performed in Moneymaker’s jazzy soul style. ‘Home for the Holidays’ meanwhile is a lovely original number, sharing memories of Christmas past in a heartwarming fashion.

Equally heartwarming, both singles are raising money for a good cause. Each copy bought equals a donation to NRDC.org & Polar Bears International, providing research on population, habitat, maternal den studies, body condition, aid policy-makers, research/eduction on effects of greenhouse gases. Particularly pertinent given the mild winter we’re having right now…

iTunes: Home For the Holidays / Jingle Bells

Maxi Jazz (Faithless) returns with new band, new single and live UK dates

Having found huge, worldwide acclaim as part of dance music powerhouse Faithless, multi-talented performer Maxi Jazz is back with a new band and a new sound.

The band, The E-Type Boys, explore a different side to Maxi’s musical personality. Inspired by the funk, soul, reggae and jazz genres, this is a darker sound in many ways, utterly compelling throughout. Knowing Maxi Jazz’s background in full on dance only makes it all the more intriguing.

There’s more new music coming in the New Year, but in the meantime Maxi Jazz and the E Type Boys have offered up a little taste of what’s to come with the track above, ‘Bitter Love’.

You can also find the band performing live if you’re quick, with dates in Manchester tonight (Tuesday 8th) at Club Academy and in Birmingham on tomorrow (Wednesday 9th) at Institute The Library before heading off to Europe.

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Video: ‘Chameleon’ – Des Horsfall & Pete Townshend

What do you get when you mix a cult folk artist and a British rock icon – both of whom have been on the road and writing great songs for many years? And then what happens if you put them together for a track paying tribute to a great who inspired both of them?

You get ‘Chameleon’, the new single by Pete Townshend and Des Horsfall out this Friday (11th).

Horsfall is the aformentioned folk artist, while Pete Townshend has had a stratospheric career as part of the who. Both are real lovers of music, and both were influenced by Ronnie Lane – former bassist of The Small Faces, the Faces and later Slim Chance. It’s this final, less well known project that inspired Des Horsfall to release a triple album dedicated to Lane, and the second volume ‘The Bastard’s Tin’ is out next year.

First though, there’s plenty of time to enjoy this single. It’s a stone cold stunner.