Singer, songwriter and pianist Izo FitzRoy is back and demonstrates with the powerful ballad “God Gets A Little Busy Sometimes” that she is one of the great voices of the British soul and gospel scene. The haunting song is the first single from her upcoming album “A Good Woman,” which will be released in April 2023 on Jalapeno Records.
The second STR4TA album by Gilles Peterson and Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick is an opulent mix of twangy bass, spacey synthesiser melodies, clicking beats and floating, ethereal voices. Inspired by the seminal chapter in British music history, Brit-Funk, and the formative years of Gilles and Bluey.
Australian-born artist Joel Sarakula has always been a musical globetrotter. After rainy London, he has now made his way to the sunny shores of Gran Canaria. His new single “Lonely Town” is an irresistible urban 70s-inspired disco jam that will cut a fine figure not least in Canarian clubs. Despite all the lightness, Sarakula deals with the dystopian effects of digitalization in the lyrics. His new album “Island Time” will finally be released in January.
For their first studio album, the Hamburg soul outfit Angels of Libra teamed up with the Irish singer-songwriter Nathan Johnston, after they had already attracted attention with singles with Shawn Lee and Maiiah. The result is an authentic album full of elegantly grooving, varied and atmospheric soul music, characterised by tasteful horn arrangements, a great rhythm section and the right amount of analogue warmth, but not least by Nathan Johnston’s striking voice – one of our soul albums of the year.
After the success of its first compilation, the German label Golden Rules presents on “The Originals 2”, again a selection of the best international talents in contemporary Funk & Soul and demonstrates impressively, the vitality and diversity of the genre.
Surprise Chef’s sound draws from ’70s film music, the funky side of jazz and samples that form the basis of hip-hop. On their third album, “Education & Recreation,” out now on Big Crown Records, the Australian quintet refines their signature approach to antmospheric instrumental soul and funk, transporting listeners into grooving soundscapes waiting to be discovered.
These two guys know exactly what to do to inspire their ever-growing fan base: Young Gun Silver Fox give us another superb single ahead of the release of their new album “Ticket To Shangri-La”. “Rolling Back” shows Shawn Lee and Andy Platts at the top of their game, crossing cogenial influences of 80s pop nobility like Prefab Sprout with the sophistacted ease of West Coast heroes like Pages and giving it all an irresistible beat. This song should catapult them up the charts worldwide.
Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006, was one of the most influential and talented guitarists Africa has ever produced. To celebrate and reinterpret his father’s music, singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Touré teamed up with the Texas trio Khruangbin to record the tribute “Ali”. The result is an album whose improvisational approach makes it one of the most exciting releases of the year and catapults the music of the “King of the Desert Blues” into the 21st century.
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