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Mama EarthThe all-star Mama Earth lineup of Joss Stone (vocals), Nitin Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M'BappÉ (bass/guitar) and Jonathan Shorten (keyboards) will release their debut EP Mama Earth via Mascot/Provogue.
The project started when British soul singer Joss Stone and her former musical director Jonathan Joseph hit on the Mama Earth concept of an album driven by the dynamic rhythms of Africa. A band was assembled from all corners of the music world. Jonathan's compadre Étienne M'BappÉ, the dazzling Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist whose rÉsumÉ spans from John McLaughlin to Robben Ford; Jonathan Shorten, who had produced much of Stone's studio catalogue between penning some of the biggest hits for acts including Gabrielle and (again) Joss Stone. Finally, there was Nitin Sawhney: the genre-slipping wildcard and one-man musical tidal wave whose collaborations take in Sting, Paul McCartney, and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The 5 musicians convened at Stone's house, where the musical squad didn't take long to feel each other out. Music was spontaneously written on the spot, without any preparation. In the meantime, Stone purposefully kept her own creative process separate from the four musicians. I left them to do their own thing with the music in the studio, she reflects, while I was cooking dinner in the kitchen. I deliberately didn't have any input in the music, because I didn't want to affect it - or it'd all come out hip-hop and R&B! Then they'd come across into the house, give me the track and I'd sit in the kitchen writing lyrics and melodies with my mum. So it was, like, 'You guys do you, and I'll do me - then we'll put it together'. And that's the way it worked. I also went down to the river on my own with a pen and paper and write in the grass by the river. Which was a good way to do it, actually, The whole project is about Mother Nature. It's supposed to be from her perspective.
Just ten days after they came together - and following a powerful co-production from all five band members - the Mama Earth sessions were over. And yet, you sense that the story of this fascinating band is only just beginning. Impulsive, dynamic and sometimes downright dangerous, this is an album unlike anything else in the five musicians' respective CVs, unprecedented in the clinical modern music scene - and sure to make waves upon its release. I guess this album is essentially how I think of music, considers Sawhney. It was all about being open to the moment. I think that's really what I loved about this project. To me, Mama Earth is what music should be about, really...1. Mama Earth
2. Interlude 1
4. Interlude 2
6. Interlude 3
7. What Would She Say?
8. Interlude 4
10. Interlude 5
11. Breathe$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Soul SessionsThe Soul Sessions is the debut studio album by English singer and songwriter Joss Stone, originally released on September 16th, 2003, by S-Curve Records. The album consists of cover versions of soul songs from the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to a cover of The White Stripes' 2001 song Fell in Love with a Girl. In 2004, The Soul Sessions was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and was nominated for a MOBO Award for Best Album1. The Chokin' Kind
2. Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me)
3. Fell In Love With A Boy
4. Victim Of A Foolish Heart
5. Dirty Man
6. Some Kind Of Wonderful
7. I've Fallen In Love With You
8. I Had A Dream
9. All The King's Horses
10. For The Love Of You (Parts 1 & 2)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Water For Your SoulWater For Your Soul is a culmination in Joss Stone's travels in sound, demonstrating how the teen soul prodigy has blossomed into an artist of style and substance. This is an album that pulses with the liquid groove of reggae, dazzles with the mix and match sonic adventure of hip hop, shimmers with the exotic sounds of world music and delivers the emotional belt of R&. Most of the songs for Water For Your Soul had been written and demoed before Joss's Total World Tour began but widening horizons convinced her to completely rethink and recut the record. The sound expanded to include Indian tabla, Bengali lute, Bansuri flute, African and Asian percussion, plus gospel choirs, New Orleans horns and full orchestra. After various experiments, abandoned and revisited sessions, the final album was more or less completed in a 10 day frenzy, with strings being recorded in London, percussion in Hawaii and Joss pulling it together at her own Home Grown Studios in Devon.1. Love Me
2. This Ain t Love
3. Stuck On You
5. Let Me Breathe
6. Cut The Line
7. Wake Up
8. Way Oh
10. Molly Town
12. Harry's Symphony
13. Clean Water
14. The Answer$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Emotion And CommotionImport
For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Beck recorded Emotion & Commotion late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the albums diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May (Lilac Wine), Olivia Safe (Elegy For Dunkirk), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone (I Put A Spell On You and Theres No Other Me).1. Corpus Christi Carol
3. Never Alone
4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
5. I Put A Spell On You (feat. Joss Stone)
6. Nessun Dorma
8. Lilac Wine (feat. Imelda May)
9. There's No Other Me (feat. Joss Stone)
10. Elegy For Dunkirk (feat. Olivia Safe)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Real Love (Discontinued)Two-time Grammy nominated soul man Ryan Shaw and Dynotone Records present Real Love, the follow-up to his acclaimed debut This Is Ryan Shaw. Called a massive talent by Billboard and first-class by Entertainment Weekly, the success of the New York-based singer's debut led to a pair of Grammy nominations for 'Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance' and opening slots for John Legend, Joss Stone, and even Van Halen. Produced by veteran Jimmy Bralower (Eric Clapton, Hall & Oates) and Johnny Gale (Ronnie Spector), each song on Real Love explores a different side of love, from the emotional to the spiritual.
The horn blasts and gospel hollers on Karina envelops take-me-back heartbreak through the church choir while the Jerry Ragovoy gem You Don't Know Nothing About Love delivers goose bump inducing vocal gymnastics. From rockers like That Is Why, the simmering funk of Can't Hear the Music, to slow grooves like Evermore and Morning, Noon & Night, Real Love runs the gamut of classic American soul music, all with a modern twist, featuring Shaw's extraordinary vocals. Guest appearances by Robert Randolph, Al Kooper, and the Soul Survivors help cook up what Ryan calls a gumbo infused with soul, rock and two tablespoons of gospel.1. Real Love
3. Can't Hear the Music
4. You Don't Know Nothing About Love
6. Gone Gone Gone
7. That Is Why
9. In Between
11. The Wrong Man
12. Morning, Noon & Night$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sirens Of SongA purveyor and survivor of Britpop (with band Squeeze), solo artist, author, and television presenter, Jools Holland is prominent as one of British music's most recognized and trustworthy.
A couple of years back, Holland's talent for composition was refreshed with 2012's The Golden Age Of Song, a star-studded effort. Holland must have had the itch to repeat that highly successful and pleasant experience, only this time around he's kept it between him and the ladies. What emerges is 14 tracks of originals and reworked gems starring some of the best female voices in the business.
What Holland nails here are his choices of leading ladies for each track, which offer so much in the way of delightfully surprising and sublime covers. Jamaican songstress Ruby Turner sasses up Ray Charles' Jumpin' In The Morning, our own pop princess Kylie Minogue puts her pout to The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go, and Emeli SandÉ admirably takes on 1920s standard Love Me Or Leave Me. Among the standouts, though, are Louise Marshall's A Vow, a poem by one of Holland's favourite English poets, Wendy Cope; Joss Stone's soulful attack in Letting Me Down; and the playful ska in Monkey Man, brought to life by the late, great Amy Winehouse.
Holland's orchestra never falters, nor do the man's fingers on the ivories, and running throughout is a vibrant sense of celebration for not only these skilfull lasses but for the sheer act of making music with many different talents.
-Carley Hall (The Music)1. Jumping In the Morning - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
2. Letting Me Down - By Jools Holland & Joss Stone
3. Love Me Or Leave Me - By Jools Holland & Emeli SandÉ
4. A Vow - By Jools Holland & Louise Marshall
5. Monkey Man - By Jools Holland & Amy Winehouse
6. Should I Stay Or should I Go - By Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue
7. Sweet Bitter Love - By Jools Holland & Mabel Ray
8. See-Line Woman - By Jools Holland & Laura Mvula
9. Lost Mind - By Jools Holland & Rumer
10. Top To Bottom Boogie - By Jools Holland & Imelda May
11. Night & Day - By Jools Holland & KT Tunstall
12. I Wish - By Jools Holland & Melanie C
13. I Still Went Wrong - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
14. Ain't Misbehavin' - By Jools Holland & Eartha Kitt$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Gets Over YouImport
There are only so many times you can take back that cheating lover or buy any of their sorry excuses. Its easier said than done, but one soul band is taking a stand. The Right Now isnt going to take it anymore. The Right Now is fed up. And on their second record, The Right Now Gets Over You.
The challenging title is a reality check, but delivered with a wink from singer Stefanie Berecz. Its just a representation of the stories in the songs. Nearly every track has a cheating character, or someone whos had enough of their lover. Its a mixed bag of empowerment and regret. Gets Over You continues the its complicated theme of 2010â€²s Carry Me Home, although this outing shows Berecz in a darker, seedier role.
Recorded in a cathartic, week-long session in Los Angeles, CA with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), Gets Over You takes the Chicago septets soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments. Bereczs voice, often compared to those of Chaka Kahn and Joss Stone, takes center stage. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements that are the result of countless hours of performing, rehearsing and touring together.
Bereczs emotionally-charged vocal performance has been the bands calling card at over 200 shows in the past two years. The Right Nows electrifying live show, matching suits, choreographed horn section, and all, has earned them a reputation as dynamic, complex, hip and just downright fun. (Gapers Block).
It takes a man to admit that its over, Berecz confidently croons on Half As Much. But if you cant, I can do it for sure. While Stefanie Berecz may have gotten over the man in this song, audiences wont be getting over her any time soon.1. I Can't Speak For You
2. Good Man
3. Can't Keep Running
4. Tell Everyone The Truth
5. Should've Told Me
6. I Could Kiss You (I Could Cry)
7. He Used To Be
8. Half As Much
9. Call Girl
11. 'Til It Went Wrong$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now