Raw Soul Express Release Brand-New Old Skool Tune ‘Fate of the World’

Sammy May

Raw Soul Express have proved themselves as a band that requires no studio trickery or airbrushing, just artistic expertise. On the 1st February, the band released their new single entitled “Fate of the World” and confirmed they are still a soulful force to be reckoned with, some 45 years after they formed.

Raw Soul Express are a unique funk group birthed in Miami with a distinctively soulful sound, comprised of sultry lead vocals from Rick Washington and the instrumental prowesses of Chris Perkins, Tommy Johnson, John McMinn, Paull Mullen, Harold Seay and long-time bassist Albie Manno. 

When you think of the 1970s you might think of the rise of bell-bottom jeans and disco balls, but it was also an era made famous by economic struggle, technological revolution and massive cultural change. Fast forward 45 years and some of those issues are still harrowingly reminiscent; 2020 has been a year consumed by crises such as the Australian bushfires and the Californian wildfires, Black Lives Matter protests and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the world to its core. ‘The Fate of the Word’ is a single that the band felt obligated to put out with a message that is as vital as ever.

The band members are all equally as excited about the new single and have reflected on the moral implications of the lyrics. Chris Perkins said: “if you are conscious about your surroundings, mentally, socially and economically with a deep concern for humanity and God and love for your fellow man and the environment, then Fate of the World addresses these issues in our society. It’s powerful, raw and its current. Unfortunately, it’s in real time.”

Raw Soul Express’ new single is characteristically syncopated and funky, containing delicious melodies and harmonies underscored by soulful bass and brass notes. In some ways, the single offers a form of escapism from the fateful reality we live in. But there are no preaching pleasantries, just simple, raw melodic symphonies and hard-hitting lyrics that entice the listener to confront the cataclysmic situation of the world. 

The song itself was actually written by bassist and lead vocalist almost 25 years ago. Albie Manno said: “Because the song was written by myself and Rick some 25 years ago, I had no idea in 2019 when I was planning to make the video in 2020 what the images were going to be. To me, it just affirms that what we’ve been doing all along is what we were meant to do. As artists I believe we should reflect on the times, may they be good or bad.

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“Caught in between, politics playing out the height of its dreams.

We can’t sit by, nothing’s as precious as one human life.”

Raw Soul Express directly ask the listener “is this the fate of the world?” 

The lyrics are thought-provoking and raw. The video forces the viewer into a contemplative position as the observer, witnessing some scenes from the world’s most hard-hitting events through history and specifically 2020. 

It is relevant yet timeless, and Raw Soul Express solidify their reputation as pioneers in the soul and funk scene by staying true to the genre with the track’s distinctive groove. The single is relevant yet timeless, inquisitive and self-aware: qualities that manifest as an honest commentary on the state of our global affairs. 

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Blues and Soul singer Melanie Masson shines with second self-released single ‘Seasons’

X-Factor finalist, Melanie Masson has recently released her latest single ‘Seasons’, a unique, old-school style, Northern Soul interpretation of the hit Seasons (Waiting on You) by Future Islands, who have since given praise to Masson, with bassist William Cashion describing her take as “a beautiful version”. This release marks Melanie’s second self-released single, following up on her acclaimed first track ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’

Worked on by the producer Tristan Longworth who used all live musicians and instruments on the track, Melanie has created a version with much more buoyancy and energy, with powerful, passionate vocals, emphasising her unique and fiery voice. 

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To accompany this song, Melanie has also released a beautifully moving music video; with vintage effects and an alluring woodland setting, the video really captures Melanie’s original and retro style.

The video was directed by acclaimed Film and TV actress and director Simone Lahbib, who also appears in the music video alongside Melanie’s husband, actor Forbes Masson as well as her children, adding a real personal and moving touch to the video.

Melanie began to catch they eyes and hearts of the nation with her remarkable performance of Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby”, throwing her heart and soul into her vocals. After gaining millions of hits on Youtube of her first audition, Melanie soared through the X Factor rounds to the live finals. Her old-fashioned blues style and charming, darling personality gained her respect and admiration from fans all across the world.

“I loved the melody and lyrics to Seasons and really connected to it. It felt very reflective yet optimistic and that’s the mood I wanted to create for the video. I wanted to send out a positive message. It feels like we’re all in the same challenging situation right now. We all have our struggles, our ups and down but there’s always hope. It’s about hanging on to what’s important, taking strength from that and holding onto the belief that better days are coming. It’s a message to everyone to hang on in there.” 

Melanie Masson

Growing up in Glasgow, Melanie started performing from a very young age. With her parents being performers themselves, she got to first train at her parents’ stage school, studying music and dance, before going on to train and earn a degree in Music and Drama at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Singing in venues all over Scotland from an early age, Melanie has never been shy of the spotlight and continues to show this with her confident and moving performances.

Having previously worked as a solo recording artist on EMI records and a session singer, she has toured all over the world and performed alongside the likes of Pink and Stereophonics.

To keep updated with Melanie’s future releases, follow her social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theofficialmelaniemasson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/melaniemasson1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melanie.masson.official/
Website: https://melaniemasson.webador.co.uk/
Spotify: https://ffm.to/seasonsmm
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMelanieMasson/videos