Its Time We All Learnt A Little Bit About Lawrence Preston

 

 

With the recent release of brand new single ‘Something For You’, we trace it all back to see where Lawrence really found his talents.

Born in the 50’s, in the San Francisco bay area, Lawrence’s love for music grew early on,  when he joined his parents in the gospel band known as ‘The Sensational Travelers’. They would practice in his grandfathers old Victorian Church every Saturday night.

This then led on to a bigger responsibility for Lawrence, when he was asked to join another family band known as the ‘Fantastic Four’, which he fronted, at the age  of 5!

Through his experiences in the music industry at this time, he gained love for instruments such as guitar and Trombone, however, there was an instrument that was calling his name, the bass would later on be a trademark for the singer-songwriter.

While being asked to join band and groups such as Dorothy Morrison’s gospel band, which he contributed bass to for much of the early 80’s.

 

 

Now ready to push his solo releases, Lawrence has recorded and produced his own material such as ‘Driving me away’ and brand new track ‘Something For You’.

 

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@law_preston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.preston.37

 

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The Lounge Revival Starts Here! LAPP’s Sunny.

…and when we say “lounge”, we really do mean both in terms of the room in your house and relaxing horizontally. At the forefront of fashionable relaxing is LAPP, whose video to his track, Sunny, a song which is actually intrinsically linked to The Catcher in the Rye, has actually tickled our fancy purely because:

A. It’s catchy.

B. We like snooping in people’s homes.

Watch the video to “Sunny” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzsLz_54E8A

 

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/lapp_x

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNyN8MCeeJ9RQNIa6-MQSDA

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lapp_x

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

Crack of Dawn – Spotlight – A More Than Welcome Blast From The Past

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For nearly 40 years now, ‘Crack of Dawn’ have been meticulously honing their craft, and the results are clear, honest and hard to deny. These guys are one of those bands that have always been around, working hard simply for the love of it, and their latest release ‘Spotlight’ is no exception to this. It is a soulful, sublime ballad that wraps you up and holds you seemingly forever.

They are also one of Canada’s most successful musical stories, releasing their first album in 1976 from which there were a number of hits including ‘It’s Alright (This Feeling)’, ‘Keep The Faith’ and ‘The Key’. This however is not all. They also outsold ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ in Canada (a feat that only a small number of bands from this period can claim), were the first black band to get a record deal in Canada with Columbia and were tipped as being one to watch by billboard in the USA before everything started to go a little quiet due to “musical differences” within the band.

However, with differences put aside and new music coming, ‘Crack of Dawn’ are back on top and ready to pop. Check out the new single ‘Spotlight’ and be sure to keep an eye on them

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoNzxEP5sJc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrackofDawnBand/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crackofdawnofficial/?hl=en
Website: https://www.crackofdawn.ca/

 

 

 

‘Modern Soul’ from Les Kirsh

You’ll hear many people who say that soul music is dead, much like rock’n’roll, but these people are about to eat their hats as Les Kirsh is resurrecting the style after many years out of the game.

The scene is 1974: Les Kirsh has has been an emerging name in the soul scene for a while and he’s close to signing record deals and making the big time. Unfortunately, a car crash intervened and left Les’ dream hanging. He was in a coma for over a week and it took him around two years to fully recover, whilst he tried to relearn the songs he had written from before by picking up the guitar and strumming a few chords.

But recently, after a career pursued elsewhere, Les’ son stumbled across some of his old recordings, listened to them, realised they were vintage gold and consequently got his Dad back into the music game.

Les decided to pick three of his old tracks, ‘Say, ‘La La La’ and ‘Tell Me To My Face’ which he then took over to renowned producer, Andy Whitmore, who worked his magic and brought them into the modern day. Hence, Les’s self-labelled genre of ‘modern soul’.

Within the three tracks, there’s a lot of juggling with genres as Les likes to see himself as a complete songwriter, but this only shows his ability to adapt, which of course, is a good thing. There’s elements of pop, rock, even reggae, but at the end of the day, Les has always been a soul man.

Find out more on Les Kirsh here:

https://soundcloud.com/leskirsh

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

 

Rosie O’Sullivan Returns

Talented songstress, Rosie O’Sullivan, who you may remember from Britain’s Got Talent 2013, has returned with an EP of soul inspired tracks that exhibit her new direction in music.

Since then, Rosie has been perfecting her craft as a singer-songwriter, developing her style and proving to the judges of BGT that she certainly should have been in the final.

When it comes to inspiration for her music, whilst Rosie has rejuvenated her love for soul and motown on the new EP, she looks to her experiences and relationships from the past few years to form the context behind her songs. In addition, the track ‘No One’ interestingly takes influence from her parents and their story of love that Rosie knows so well.

Having performed at events such as Birmingham Pride, Big Festival and the Brummie awards, Rosie is clearly at the next level with her music and it looks like her new EP will take her even further, now that she has found her niche.

When Rosie was just 11, she was already proficient at playing piano and saxophone and these evidently helped her become the musician she is today. As she was growing up, she began performing with The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in the 2011 and 2012 BBC Proms and then gained a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at the London College of Music.

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Track Review: ‘I Belong In Hell’ by Jodie H. Dunn

Jodie H. Dunn is a young, but supremely talented singer-songwriter hailing from Swindon who uses her life experience as material for her powerful and heartfelt songs.

Having been bullied for long periods of her teenage years at school, growing up wasn’t easy for Jodie. Also, when she made her first foray into the music industry, she encountered a shady producer/manager who ended up trying to sue her family over a contract dispute. You’d think things like this would put Jodie off music all together, but for her, it was always a welcome escape where she could truly express her feelings.

Since then, Jodie has progressed her music and songwriting in leaps and bounds, now releasing her first professionally produced track, ‘I Belong In Hell’, along with the help of Andy Whitmore at Greystoke Studios.

Consequently, ‘I Belong In Hell’ is a beautifully produced track that allows Jodie’s remarkable vocals to steal the limelight. The bass is looming, the drum beat is strong and booming, yet neither take away anything from Jodie’s voice and the meaning behind her well-crafted lyricism. In addition to that, there is a great little piano hook that is subtle and intermittent, but sets the tone at the beginning of the song perfectly.

It’s also refreshing to hear a different pop style in this day and age; we’re so accustomed to the status quo of r’n’b/ dance infused pop that has dominated the genre in recent years, but Jodie’s brand of soulful, slightly dark, yet enchanting pop brings something else to the table entirely.

So, if you’re fed up of the conveyor belt material you hear everyday on the radio, then definitely give Jodie H. Dunn’s ‘I Belong In Hell’ a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Find out more on Jodie H. Dunn here:

https://www.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-EwF7vdFUEFRwGgzk1b5g

https://www.instagram.com/jodiehdunn/?hl=en

 

Review: ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’

A group of famous and talented have come together to create the ultimate Burt Bacharach tribute album. Featuring 13 Burt Bacharach hits, ‘We All Love Bacharach’ is a blend of jazz, swing and funk to form a refined, elegant compilation.

The album has been produced by Giampaolo Pasquile and Michele Garruti for PLAY (Milan) and Oracle Records ltd (London).  The producers took inspiration from acts such as Chet Baker, Michael Bublé and Norah Jones, which has formed the smooth jazz sound but with strong clever hints of pop, funk and folk. Within the 13 tracks are 5 instrumentals that depict the several nuances and moods of the classic Bacharach sound.

The variety present in ‘We All Love Burt Bacharach’ makes it an album for all occasions; easy listening on a Sunday afternoon, relaxing on the commute home or even at a dinner party (guests are sure to recognise Burt’s classic tracks and the instrumentals provide the perfect elegant soundtrack to your evening).

Die-hard Bacharach fans will not be disappointed with the quality of the recordings nor the repute of the artists on the record. Featuring the likes of Massimo Colombo, Peter Erskine (ex-drummer of Weather Report), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Michael Stever and Kathleen Grace (West coast folk singer).

Highlights include the new upbeat version of ‘Walk On By’ which has a real head-nodding groove to it, and also the smooth-jazz influenced instrumental of ‘Close To You’ (made famous by The Carpenters).

Overall, the album is essential listening for Bacharach fans helping you to rediscover why you fell in love with his music in the first place, whereas those unfamiliar with the great songwriter may just be surprised as to how many of his songs you actually know anyway.

Find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/weallloveburtbacharach/