The Korvids set to release self-titled album

The Korvids is the musical vehicle of Gordy Goudie and James Grant, the latter of whom you may recognise from 80s band, Love and Money, the ‘group who never were.’

Championing a retro sound based on the ethics of funk, soul and disco, The Korvids are creating an up-to-date form of an older sound that many will be glad to see come round again. ‘Bad Faith’ from the Korvids new self-title album exhibits a catchy dance-floor groover that those of the slightly older generation are sure to appreciate. However, it would be rude to insinuate that their music is simply for older people, as this is not the case. Within the new album, the Korvids express an experimental side too, exploring a number of electronic soundscapes that may just appeal to younger listeners.

After the success of their debut release ‘Beach Coma’, which was picked up by Sirius US radio and remixed by Balaeric legend Jose Padilla, the duo released ‘Bad Faith’, a beauteous cut of late 70s disco remixed by Love and Money and Steely Dan’s producer, Gary Katz.

The Korvids is out 28th April.

Links:

https://twitter.com/TheKorvids

http://jamesgrantsongbook.com

https://twitter.com/jamthrawn

Burt Bacharach tribute band create unique cover album ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’

The best Burt Bacharach tribute band have come together to produce ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’. The group consisting of Peter Erskine (ex drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (member of Yellowjackets) and one of the greatest jazz pianist Massimo Colombo have collaborated to form an entirely unique album of 13 Bacharach classics. Within the album is 5 instrumental tracks that truly understand describe the several moods of Burt Bacharach’s music.

With strong elements of jazz, funk, pop and folk, ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ has a completely unique sound, creating an elegant refined album.

Watch the album teaser here:

Missed the Bowie train?

David Bowie has been instrumental to many through out all areas of their lives. However, not everyone caught the man in time. Fortunately he lives on through his music and you can still have a listen and discover a new side of bowie you connect with.

Roughly Recommended’s suggestion is “Lodger”.

The album shows how Bowie absorbs whatever culture he’s around and brings them to life through sounds and lyrics. You can stream the entire album on Youtube here:

The album, released in 1979, is part of the infamous Berlin Trilogy and a severely underrated release from Mr Jones.  Boys Keep Swinging was a hit for Bowie from the album at the time but in the modern age his song Heroes from that album has become well known thanks to the film The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

Listen here:

Court Royal ask you to ‘Watch Yourself’ with new single

Release on May 29th through Fly on the Wall Records

Court Royal are a four piece band based in Liverpool/London who specialise in funk and soul laden pop, earning comparisons to the likes of Bruno Mars, Prince, Jamiroquai, Maroon 5 and George Clinton. These comparisons alone are high praise indeed, but when you can say you’ve gained approval from the likes of Charles Wright – writer of timeless classic ‘Express Yourself’ – you know you’re on to a winner.

Their new single ‘Watch Yourself’, is further proof that they are hitting all the right notes in the UK music industry. Approached by a Sony producer who heard their music and wanted to get involved, he helped co-produce the single at Liverpool’s Motor Museum studios. This producer, who has previously recorded with Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, and Britney, loved working with the band so much that he has committed to helping out on future tracks as well.

In the meantime, ‘Watch Yourself’ is a grooving triumph, encouraging people to work for what they believe in despite what others think of their talents. It’s a positive message in a world that’s all too negative sometimes, and you can hear it for yourself here: https://soundcloud.com/court-royal-1/watchyourself-mastered-mp3cutnet

With the single due on May 29th, the next couple of months are set to be very busy for Court Royal. May 24th sees them play a hugely anticipated show at Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club, while in August they will take to the stage as part of the bill at the prestigious Strawberry Fields Festival. And, with an upcoming album already in the bag, it’s unlikely things will quieten down for Court Royal anytime soon.

Links:

www.facebook.com/CourtRoyalOfficial

www.twitter.com/CourtRoyalMusic

https://soundcloud.com/court-royal-1

Court Royal

Rising stars Row Z get set for ‘Green Penny’ EP

Much anticipated 3 track release out through GHOSTNOTE Records, June 9th

Tapping into the recent boom in British funk music, Row Z are a Liverpool based five piece with a taste for moody blues. Their new EP, ‘Green Penny’  is due June 9th and is currently one of the most eagerly awaited releases in the world of new UK Blues.

Led by the incredible Richard James Smith, the band specialise in sprawling jazz spiced funk tracks, full of intricate rhythms and virtuoso musical performance throughout.

For a taste, check out the EP’s lead single/title track ‘Green Penny’ – complete with a raw sound reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXvo0OdIslY

Row Z first made a splash with Ska/Jazz single ‘Stalemate’ in 2006, released to universally good reviews and – improbably – a huge chart success in Germany.

Now though, this new material sees them hitting new heights with great crossover potential, pulling together their roots sensibilities with sound that is instantly accessible. It’s the kind of music that can (and has) turned small, impromptu gigs into full on dance parties, bringing in elements from breakdance to swing.

It comes as no surprise to learn that Richard James Smith comes with something of a reputation. After receiving Masterclasses from Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Joan Armatrading, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Yngwie Malmsteen and José Feliciano, Richard had the honour of being awarded his degree by Sir Paul McCartney; but this was just the start.

Since then, Richard has featured as a finalist in ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ and ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’, and featured on Oscar winner Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars track ‘Up in the Air’ (Remix). Fans include Jools Holland, who swapped numbers with Guitarist Richard after a performance for ITV.

However, Smith isn’t the only band member with pedigree.  Drummer Jay Irving has toured with Tony Christie/The Christians,  while Keyboard player John has toured with the Seahorses, John Squire, DJ Vadim, Cinematic Orchestra,  and played and composed for Lily Allen hits ‘Smile’ and LDN. He also played on the acclaimed debut album from Corinne Bailey Rae.

Meanwhile, Alto sax player Alex Harris has performed for Richard Branson, Prince Charles and Kate Middleton, as well as numerous television shows, radio shows and short films including BBC’s Call the Midwife and BBC Radio London. He has also performed with Kevin Spacey at Ronnie Scott’s, London.

Row Z’s killer combination of skill and experience is what makes their music so brilliant and their EP so highly sought after. And when The Beatles’ first manager Allan Williams asks to book your band for parties after watching them at the Cavern Club, it’s clear you’re doing something right.

You can listen to the other two tracks from the ‘Green Penny’ EP here –

Arthur: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HibIVgB7Ow

Blues for Buddah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6luu4Fon4k

Links:

Row Z Official website: http://www.rowz.net

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Row_Z_Music

YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/rowzmusic1

Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/rowz

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/rowzmusic

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. 

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/johnaram/sets/edt-envie-de-toi-new-single

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

Sare Havlicek re-visits the early 1980’s with new single ‘Don’t You Even Try’ (ft. AJ Lewis)

Single is released 27th January 2014 as digital download and physical CD

One of the finest disco producers on the scene, Sare Havlicek has forged a swift path to the top of the dance world since deciding to work full time on his music in 2008. Having worked with some of the top names in the industry – including mixes for Kraftwerk and Human League as well as co-producing the acclaimed comeback album of new romantic legends Visage – Sare is now ready to focus on his solo efforts with new single ‘Don’t You Even Try’.

With its erotic undertone, smooth harmonies, funk elements and layered strings over a thumping bassline, the single is designed as a tribute to the late 1970’s – early 1980’s dance music. It’s stacked with disco riffs, funk-pop elements, and shares DNA with the re-born sound of Daft Punk’s latest offerings.

The full release will come packaged with four re-mixes, all drawing on different areas of the genre and showing different aspects of Sare’s personality and talent.

It’s a varied approach that has already won him friends in high places, with two songs included in Pete Tong’s Essential mixes on Radio1, as well as a spot on a couple of Hed Kandi compilations.

Now, with his new single due early in the new year, Sare Havlicek is aiming to make 2014 his own.

Links:

Sare Havlicek Music: http://sare-havlicek.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sare.havlicek

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/dracena

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/sare

 

Fudge & The Frequency – ‘Planet Radio’ – November 16th

Fudge_CROPLondon collective Fudge & The Frequency are set to bring their distinct modern funk/soul blend to the masses with their infectious new track ‘Planet Radio’. Echoing contemporary groups such as Jamiroquai and Daft Punk, Fudge & The Frequency blend bass grooves, melodic synths and catchy vocal lines. ‘Planet Radio’ certainly presents one of their most immediate tracks and is out November 16th.

The band have become known for their stunning live sets and are playing a handful of performances ahead of this release. For more information visit http://www.fudgeandthefrequency.com/

Live Dates:

22nd October: The Troubadour, Earls Court

27th October: The Paradise Bar, Kensal Green

16th November: Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington (Offical Single Launch)