Soul & Funk legends Crack of Dawn team up with Soul diva Melba Moore to release stunning new single ‘Tiempo’

With over forty years of funk under their belt, Canadian soul powerhouses Crack of Dawn are veterans on the scene.

The titans of Soul have teamed up with the incredible Melba Moore to bring us brand new single Tiempo.

The female flair which Melba Moore adds to Tiempo elevates the tune to a whole new realm. Filled with emotion and pain, Tiempo is a stunning single from this dream team.

Soul diva Melba Moore is a four time Grammy® nominee and winner of the 1970 Tony Award®, for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie.

Both a musical and Broadway legend Melba Moore lends her incredible vocal abilities and funky flair to Tiempo. With a massive eleven top ten US hits, Melba Moore is one of Pop music’s most enduring talents.

Crack of Dawn are legends in their own right. The Canadian powerhouses became the first ever Black Canadian band to sign with a major label, having joined Columbia in 1975.

After a period apart, Crack of Dawn reunited for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2012. The group began working on a new album shortly after; with a lineup of old and new, the soulful legends were back and better than ever.

Tiempo, translating as ‘time’ in Spanish, is a grooving Soul track written by Dennis Nieves and Michael Dunston. Tiempo tells the tale of two lovers needing time to find themselves again after a tumultuous split. A soulful and emotive single, combining some of the best talents in the Soul & Funk genres, this track is truly unstoppable.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Soulful Congo-Funk Vocalist Elvic Kongolo Changes His Tune As He Releases A Ballad Ahead Of Valentines

Congo-Funk vocalist Elvic Kongolo is set to release his new single “Our Story,” a powerful and emotive track that deals with a dilemma encountered in a relationship. Taking the rhythmic sounds of his homeland and marrying them with his experiences in Europe, “Our Story” is a gentle introduction to his sound, showcasing his soaring, soulful tones with a song about the difficulties encountered within a relationship.

Hear what Elvic has to say about “Our Story”:

When I hear “Our Story”, I picture a beautiful relationship between two people. Their relationship was fantastic, they were in paradise. Unfortunately, their love couldn’t conquer the obstacles coming their way and it did not last”.

The song is a strong but gentle reminder that we often find happiness by remembering what we have in common with other people, not what divides us.

OUR STORY” TEASER – LISTEN NOW

“Our Story” is a slightly different sound to Elvic’s usual repertoire. Kongolo is based in Oslo, Norway and creates music inspired by his Congolese heritage. Blending Congolese rhythms with American funk influences, Elvic sings in English, Lingala, French, and Norwegian, though his commitments to music has been tested rigorously since arriving in Norway. Initially wanting to become a musician, he was convinced by his family to study instead, a decision which had disastrous consequences, ultimately finding Elvic reduced to living on the streets. Through the help of others and a burning desire to spread joy through his music, he has found himself performing in front of large audiences thanks to his energetic stage show which has elements of the frenzied performances of James BrownFela Kuti and Little Richard.

If you want to watch Elvic paving the way for Congo-Funk then check out the video below and keep an eye out for “Our Story” released 12th February 2020.

WATCH HERE TO WITNESS ELVIC LEADING THE WAY WITH CONGO-FUNK

Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElvicKongoloOfficial/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elvickongolo_official/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/elvic-kongolo

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMhKZxQ0JxBAoJQ65JUMTQ

Phil Collins, Alan Sillitoe and jazz; new album from jazz composer and musician John Aram

John Aram to release single ‘EDT (Envie de Toi)’ on 20th May ahead of album ‘You and I’ to be released on 3rd June. 

Background

John Aram is a well known name among jazz musicians. He has worked extensively with legends like Tim Garland, Kenny Wheeler and Scott Stroman along with huge names in funk like Bob Babbit and the Funk Brothers Band. In addition, Aram is Musical Director at the International School of Geneva, where he now lives, and also regularly conducts the Swiss Jazz Orchestra.

Probably his closest collaborator is Phil Collins. John worked closely with him on Collins’ album ‘Going Back’ (2010), writing many arrangements, booking musicians, supervising recording and going on tour. Daryl Stuermer, also of Genesis, plays guitar on ‘Stuck on You’ from Aram’s forthcoming album ‘You and I’. Aram and Phil Collins are in fact close friends and Collins has contributed to many of his musical projects over the years.

It is a busy spring period for Aram. Aside from his album (see below) he is also due to release “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ Suite’; his ode to Alan Sillitoe’s post war classic novel of the same name, featuring Kenny Wheeler.  Aram, hailing from Nottingham like Sillitoe, was in close contact with the author during his writing of the jazz suite in 2010. Tragically, Sillitoe died in the same year just before it was finished so never heard it, as a result Aram decided not to release ‘The Suite’ as a physical disc. He had now taken the decision to release it on vinyl with artwork from Video artist Joss Sessions.

You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/johnaram/sets/saturday-night-and-sunday

‘You and I’

Aram therefore has a huge wealth of experience in the worlds of jazz and funk, which he has used brilliantly in his new single ‘EDT (Envie de Toi); due to, be released 20th May. The track takes his jazz influences and puts them in a funk / disco context giving the track popular potential beyond its appeal to 70s soul connoisseurs. In has the feeling of a Chic comeback track, a Bruno Mars disco revival number of even of a latter day Michael Jackson. Half way through, however, we get a taste of Aram’s jazz background with a hefty Rhodes solo played by Jason Rebello. It’s a solo reminiscent of Roy Ayers on the vibes or a George Benson guitar solo on one of his funkier numbers.

The rest of ‘You and I’ follows similar themes whilst trying to stretch them in different directions. Very much a concept album, all music is heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, even down to the artwork used for the album. Tracks like ‘Stronger’ and ‘Stuck on you’ follow the soul disco revival route featuring some brilliant vocals and irresistible solos on each. ‘In the Air’ and ‘You and I’ slow the pace down and move closer to a soul ballad in the mould of Earth, Wind and Fire or even Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. ‘In the Air’ features beautiful vocals from Amy Keys  and from cult Swiss hip-hop artist Rootwords. ‘In the Air’ is particularly close to Aram’s heart as it was written for his wife who was suffering from breast cancer at the time.

There is a great feeling of fun and spontaneity in the album, which reflects the way it was made and thought up in the first place. It wasn’t originally planned at all. Aram and his band were on tour in the UK (London in fact)  and had a gig cancelled so, realising he was still paying them, decided they might as well have some fun and make an album! Not all jazz quintets are this productive. They decided to make music which they loved but didn’t always get a chance to play: funk, soul, Motown, Stevie Wonder, which you will find on the bonus tracks of the album; material Aram had played with Phil Collins before and not had the chance to make himself. The full album did, however, take over a year to complete in recording studios all over the world, from New York to Switzerland, ensuring only the very best musicians were to be featured that fit the style of music that Aram wanted to create.

Website http://www.johnaram.com/

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/johnaram

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JohnAram

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/johnrogeraram

‘CRYING DAYS’ ARE OVER WITH RELEASE OF NEW NYIKA SINGLE

New Single Released 17th January, 2014

Nyika is a soul-funk singer songwriter with Bulgarian and Zimbabwean roots. She has a sound which is reminiscent of other soul acts, such as Omar (both artists having studied at WAC). Being a self managed and published artist, Nyika is indie in the truest sense of the word. In addition, this staunchly independent artist also runs her own record label, ‘Too Hip’ Records. This independence allows Nyika to release music that is unfiltered, personal and direct. This personal approach is reflected in new single ‘Crying Days’, which focuses on her childhood.

Nyika is not complacent and continues to develop as an artist – she has already released two albums which have allowed her to work with some of the same collaborators as George Michael, Dusty Springfield and Kylie Minogue. All of the knowledge she has gained from her previous collaborations have helped to shape ‘Crying Days’.

Having performed at London Gay Pride and being labeled as ‘One to watch’ by Tony Blackburn (BBC Radio), momentum is really building for Nyika, and when listening to ‘Crying Days’, it’s clear to see why. The track is a triumphant statement about overcoming past strife and how this ultimately strengthens us.  This is all made clear in the chorus, which proudly states ‘My crying days are over’.

This uplifting message is backed by thudding drums, giving the song a real energy and forward propulsion. This energy permeates the entire song and makes for an exciting listen. This backing is built on by soulful piano chords and funk guitar. If you’ve not listened to Nyika before, ‘Crying Days’ is a great introduction to her indie soul funk style.

‘Crying Days’ will be available for purchase from January 17th

Links:

www.facebook.com/NyikaMusic

www.facebook.com/TooHipRecords

www.soundcloud.com/too-hip-records

Fudge & the Frequency plug in to ‘Planet Radio’ for new single

What do you get if you cross Daft Punk and Alex Clare with the vocal stylings of Jamiroquai and Maroon 5? Not the start of a bad joke, the answer is the new single from futuristic funksters Fudge & the Frequency.

Released on November 16th, ‘Planet Radio’ is a funk track with an electro lilt that can’t fail to get your toes tapping and your head nodding. You can hear it here:

Built around a funky bass line written and performed by John Blackburn (Skunk Anansie), it’s no surprise to learn that Stevie Wonder, having heard their music, is a fan of their sound. It’s immediately infectious, and as effective live as it is recorded.

After only two performances, booking giants all around London picked up the collective for their rosters. Since then, Fudge & the Frequency have headlined some of the top live music spots in the city, including Kensington Roof Gardens, The Clapham Grand, The Notting Hill Arts Club, Camden Barfly, Cargo (Shoreditch) and The Social (Oxford Street).

The band returns to Kensington Roof Gardens for their single launch show on Saturday, November 16th.

Their current success is a testament to their independent spirit, and a rallying call to other unsigned bands who fear they may have to compromise on their sound to make their mark. Having turned down investment opportunities of £70,000 because they felt backers would become to controlling of their approach, Fudge & the Frequency are forging ahead with their own undiluted sound. Their debut EP title, ‘Futuristic Funk’ was the fitting, two word phrase the band would use to describe their music.

Band links:

Website: www.fudgeandthefrequency.com

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/fudgeandthefrequency

Twitter: @fudgeofficial & @fudgeandthefrequency

Instagram: www.instagram.com/fudgeandthefrequency

iTunes EP Download: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/futuristic-funk-ep/id614737605

Electronic Press Kit: www.fudgeandthefrequency.com/EPK

Ways & Means – ‘The Microphone Fiend EP’

 

Bristol beat masters Ways & Means are back once again with a collection of multi tempo bass music spanning Glitch Hop, Hip Hop Breaks and Tech Funk. Featuring Bristol rappers Chattabox from Three Kings High and K*Ners.

 

Ways & Means have had over 70 releases in the breaks and bass music genre for a number of years under a variety of labels such as LOT49, Bombtraxx and their own imprint audio23 but their recent musical exploits have really opened their sound up to a new audience and have put their musical size 9s into glitch hop and urban bass music.

 

The Microphone Fiend EP is a collaboration with 2 of Ways & Means favourite Bristol wordsmiths. First up is K.Ners who is the latest in a succession of musical lyrical innovators from Bristol who has gained much respect from the music industry since releasing his debut Hip Hop album “K In Da Flesh”

 

Second up is Chattabox, vocalist of indie funksters Three Kings High, signed to Reel Me Records. Chattabox’s humour through his lyrics make great listening and when both rappers and joined by the dirty beats and filthy bass that has become a trademark for Ways & Means, they deliver a varied and heavy EP of glitch hop and electro.

 

http://www.reelmerecords.com/artists/