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The Andy Davies Column (October)

The Andy Davies Column
The Andy Davies Column TK Murray: Brown Sugar (Street Soul) Pulse: Sunshine (Street Soul) Jerline and Friends: Joy Trip PT 1 (Street Soul) Al Kent: First Floor Swade: Rythm of Love Jonathan Butler: So Stong Brian Culbertson: X11 (Grp Records) Segments Of Time: Will You Be Mine (Street Soul)

This is the first column from me in a long time so it's good to be back! After chatting with Lee at The Vintage Festival at Goodwood we agreed that I should put something together for Blues & Soul again so here it is!

STREETSOUL RECORDS

2010 has been a good year so far for my record label Streetsoul Records. This years Vinyl 45 releases started in March with TK Murray Brown Sugar. TK keeps regular contact & has been recording new material plus re-recording some older tracks so hopefully we will have some news about those soon. Pulse Sunshine followed & has now almost sold out. Jerline & Friends Joy Trip pt1 was an amazing seller & is now deleted from our catalogue along with Patrick Henry. We are also doing well with the Segments of Time 45 Will you be Mine & still have copies in stock. Check our site:
www.streetsoulrecords.com

EVENTS ROUND UP

The King Georges Hall 3 room soul event at the end of September was an absolutely brilliant night with around 1700 people in attendance! The 3 rooms were Modern soul, Jazz Funk & a Northern soul room too. The Drizabone Soul Family were playing live & were excellent!! The next event is on Saturday November 27th so please book tickets early as the last one sold out. The box office is 01254 582582. Staying with events the next Blackpool Tower weekender is happening November 13th-15th with DJ's Jim Hargreaves, Dean Johnson, Pete Haigh ,Colin Curtis, Terry Jones & myself all playing in the Modern room over the course of the weekend.

Another belter of a gig that took place recently was at Henry's in Aveley Essex back in August. It was great to have a gig like that in the South & the 2 rooms featured DJ's myself, Gary Dennis, Phil Asher, Terry Jones, Pete Collins, Scott James & Ginger Tony. I really hope that the promoters organise another of these as I think it was the best gig I've DJ'd at in the South for ages. A fantastic venue that was so well attended.

Please don't forget the Luxury Soul weekender at the Blackpool Hilton Jan 7th-9th 2011. Your chance to see Michael Henderson live plus Cool Million & Jean Carne! I will be DJ'ing there with a host of DJ's including Richard Searling, Mike Stephens, Bob Jeffries, Norman Halley & Colin Curtis so make sure you give the booking line a call on 01253 754403.

Caister will have been & gone by the time you read this but I will be going so I'll give you a report next time. The Prestatyn "Legends of Motown & Soul" Weekender happens from October 15th-18th 2010 with many DJ's plus live performances from Tavares, The Velvelettes, Dean Parrish & Tony Momrelle. You can book by calling 0844 576 5949. No Southport this November but by all accounts their Suncebeat Weekender in Croatia was a great success & is planned to go ahead again next year from July 29th-31st. The 2011 47th Southport Weekender will happen over the weekend of May 6th,7th,8th and already most on site accomodation has sold out. Give them a call on 0844 879 710 to secure your place or email info@southportweekender.co.uk

The Bournemouth Soul Weekender returns over the weekend of October 29th-31st 2010 which I am really looking forward to attending! DJ's include Bob Masters, Chris Bangs, Nicky Holloway, Paul Clarke, Gary Dennis, Kevin Beadle , Bob Jones plus many more. It's being held at the Carrington House Hotel and you can purchase tickets from Crazy Beat Records on 01708 228678.

WHAT'S COOKIN'

Some great tunes around at the moment with Brian Culberton's new album X11 having a couple of winners that are getting spins at the moment, the first being Another Love featuring Kenny Latimore on vocals & also Out on the Floor which sees Brian Mcknight on vocal duties. Another Love is the tune that I bought the album for and it's huge on the soul scene at the moment! Jonathan Butler So Strong remains a favourite at most gigs as does Al Olive's Slow Down. There are various mixes of this going around with the original doing the business in the Soul club's and the Dolls Combers plus the Vick Lavender mixes having most effect on the dancefloors. Just a few other good CD albums worth a mention are from Will Downing , Kem , Elisabeth Withers & Jeff Hendrick.

The new 12" from Swade Rhythm of Love is very good & there is a mix of Marvin Gaye Praise which is starting to pick up a few spins. Al Kent has his First Floor EP out at the moment too, the best track for me is Don't Stop which has Lew Kirton's Heaven In The Afternoon running nicely underneath it.

Moving on to some nice Soulful House tunes with Phil Asher & Kai Alce on Restless Soul being a favourite of mine with Someone featuring Kayenne. Inaya Day Lose My Worries is a killer as is Lay Your Hands by Steven Stone Featuring Anthony Moriah the DJ Meme mix cleverly uses Backstabbers & is a very infectious tune. There are always so many of these that I want to mention but here are just a few more that stand out for me: Dawn Tallman has a fantastic gospel tinged tune doing the rounds called It Start's With Us Josh Milan Featuring Chinablac Till You Go Home is definitely a track that will be around for a long time & DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz treat us to A Reason To Love as their current offering.

CAUGHT LIVE

Live wise, the Vintage at Goodwood festival gave us great performances from Leroy Hutson, Ann Sexton & Joe Bataan on the Soul Stage I also particularly enjoyed The Beat & The Wailers. The Giants of Rare Groove at the Indigo2 was also excellent with Greg Perry kicking off the show. Don Blackmon was very slick & Leroy Hutson gave a great show & went down a storm as he hadn't played in Britain for about 20 years or so. The Vintage festival at Goodwood was a fantastic event & Soul music was really well catered for in the Soul Casino & on the Soul Stage. Next year's event is being held from August 11th-15th 2011 so be sure to get tickets early.

Quite a short column from me this time but please make sure you send me your gig details or music to review so that the next issue I can get back to where I left off!!

Andy Davies

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Please feel free to contact Andy with any news that you feel would benefit others at andydaviesccl@hotmail.com or mail@streetsoulrecords.com Thank you.

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