Magazine Gap EP ‘Calling Card’ out Nov 25th

A trio of talented musicians from the UK, Magazine Gap are a band who have been on the radar a lot recently. In recent months, they have released videos one by one for tracks from their excellent upcoming EP ‘Calling Card’, and finally it’s time for the title track itself to see the light of day.

Continuing the pattern from their previous tracks, the song benefits from adding strong funk and soul influences to the pop structures. Full of neat stabs, technical licks and fine musical touches, the song displays the talent of the players while never forgetting it needs to find an audience. Therefore, what could have turned into talented but troublesome noodling is moulded into a catchy, upbeat pop-funk tune. Roll on the EP – http://magazinegap.com/

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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Kelly Moneymaker wows on new album ‘Stone’

When track number one of your album is the soulful, upbeat ”Skippin’ Stones’ – which can be heard above – then the early indications are you’re on to a winner. The good news for US singer Kelly Moneymaker, is that those early indications are correct.

The 12 tracks that follow are just as joyful, and just as full of energy. They don’t all have this pace, because a bit of light and shade is needed to stop things becoming monotonous.

However, whether the songs are fleet of foot (‘Skippin’ Stones’, ‘Mudslide’), mid-tempo (‘Campin’ Song’) or slow (‘You Know How To Love Me’), this feels like a celebration. A celebration of soul, rock and roll and an epic vocal performance from Moneymaker.

Video: The Humble Grapes – ‘Young and Alive’

A songwriting duo backed by their trusty band, The Humble Grapes are song writers Brie Capone and David Kaufman. Based in NYC, the band today (Sept 18th) see the release of new single ‘Young and Alive’ on all good online stores.

Take a look at the video above, and head over to http://www.thehumblegrapes.com/ if you like what you hear.

New album from legendary Jerry Lawson – ‘Just a Mortal Man’

Released on June 29th, the debut solo album from Jerry Lawson is yet another new lease of life for the incredible 71 year old. With a career spanning decades – 40 years and 22 albums – the veteran has made his name before now as part of groups The Persuasions and Talk of the Town. Now though, he’s going it alone for the very first time, and the result is this excellent album.

It seems odd to call it a ‘debut’ following a career which has seen Lawson sing with the likes of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder all the way up to Joni Mitchell and Rod Stewart, but this is the first time he’s stepped into the spotlight by himself.

With the help of the Grammy nominated producer Eric Brace (of Nashville’s Beet Records), Lawson has crafted an fitting showcase to one of the greatest, most affecting voices you’re every likely to hear. It’s not often these days that a vocalist has the experience and gravitas to back up style with substance, but Jerry Lawson imbues songs with true depth and soul. The album is out on Monday, and we highly recommend you make a note in your diary to check out http://redbeetrecords.com/ for your very own copy.