Soul-Jazz Mavericks The Fabulous Red Diesel Are Not Afraid to Bare All in a Romp Through History

‘“Nellie Gale” is quirky, funky, groovy, and has such a deliciously jazzy under slurp. It is naughty but very nice…very comical and somehow also slightly sad, especially with the wah-wahing trumpet mockingly laughing at the live tableau depicted — a great number.’

Sammy Stein, Something Else Reviews

”Beyond the theatrics of make-up that’s just a little extra; peacock-feather ‘n’ tie dye shirts and a rainbow emitting disco ball lies a voice with the call of the sirens and a hot handle on the blues”

 – Debbie Bourke, jazz journalist

As heard on Jazz FM

The Fabulous Red Diesel wowed audiences and critics alike with their last single, Butterfly Mind, being playlist by Jazz FM for six weeks running and their new single, Nellie Gale, looks set to grab even more attention, telling the tale of the titular character – one of the first nude dancers in the West End! Nellie Gale was the great grandmother of Fabulous Red Diesel matriarch and singer, Ms Kitty, and, so the family legend goes, was a Windmill Girl – a performer at the Windmill Theatre, the revue theatre in London which took inspiration from the Moulin Rouge and brought censor-baiting nude art to the masses! Cheeky, fascinating and irresistible, Nellie Gale is the human embodiment of Fabulous Red Diesel’s wonderful world!  

“The video is a very cheeky black and white romp through the story, with a host of very colourful characters including ‘’Squiffy Oglespink; Will-I Juan; Sir Everard Squiffy QC’; Lord Pedro Handlebar as well as Miss Nellie Gale herself played by myself, her great grand-daughter, Kat Lee-Ryan!”

A husband and wife on vocals and drums; a transgender trumpeter and double-bassist; and a synth player and guitarist named Rabbi Jaffa Delicious ,The Fabulous Red Diesel are a band like no other. Ms Kitty (Kat Lee-Ryan) on vocals, keys and flute; Duke Boom (husband, Will Lee-Ryan) on drums; Miss Bea-Have (Beatrice Gullick) on double bass, tuba and trumpet and Rabbi Jaffa Delicious (Simon Dobell) on guitar and trumpet. Based in Hastings, they have built up a loyal fanbase, not only through their live shows which have seen them supporting and playing alongside the likes of The James Taylor Quartet, Skunk Anansie and Jeff Buckley but also their unique sound, fusing classic 60s soul with jazz arrangements and a rhythm section which can skip from hip-hop beats to Latin to funk. The Queensbury House Sessions is their new album, sixteen extraordinary tracks, each recorded in just one take at a disused office block (called, yes, Queensbury House) to truly capture their live sound.

 Although defiantly upbeat and circus-like in their approach to entertaining audiences, Kat’s own life has been touched by tragedy, her sister taking her own life in 2006. As part of the grieving process, she wrote and developed a stage show called Sparkly Bird which has gone on to sell out theatres as well as educate audiences about mental health at universities and for the NHS. With songs written by Ms. Kitty and the music, of course, performed by The Fabulous Red Diesel (and with aerial performances, a narrator, and dance), it’s yet another side of a collective who mix their ideas and personalities with real passion, flair, and invention. The Queensbury House Sessions are mixed and mastered by Nick Endcott Gibb. A specially filmed presentation of Sparkly Bird can be experienced at this year’s Brighton Fringe, the largest festival of its kind outside of Edinburgh.

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Abraham Trai Releases Soulful Debut Single ‘THE ONE’

Singer-songwriter Abraham Trai has released his debut single, The One.

The song is melodic and teeming with the soul that any good ballad has.

Abraham’s softly sonorous voice is accompanied and complimented by spritely piano keys, gentle harmonies and romantically emotive lyrics.

Inspired by some of soulful pop’s greatest artists such as Adele and Lewis Capaldi, Abraham Trai moved to London from his native France to pursue his music dreams.

Written with Louisa Glanville, The One showcases Abraham’s delicate soulful vocals with minimal piano, creating a touching track which captures the heartbreak of losing someone you love in your life.

Dedicating himself to writing every day, his tracks are designed to reflect real situations and the ups and downs of relationships – most of all, Abraham wants listeners to know that anyone feeling loneliness or unhappiness is not alone. The One is the first release from an album entitled MMXXII which is expected to be released in 2022.

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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:

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Estelle California’s International Music Fusion

Fierce humanitarian, Estelle California, uses her music to promote positivity and stand up for those who have suffered throughout history. Growing up seeing discrimination and racism all around her, Estelle broke away from her homeland in search of a more inclusive society, which she found in the harmonious environment of California. Not only does her music share inspirational narratives, it also combines elements of pop, soul and jazz to imbue a truly international feel to all her tracks, as heard in her latest single ‘Star’.

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The Return of Funk: 70’s Godfathers Crack of Dawn Release ‘Ol’ Skool’

Outselling their contemporaries Earth, Wind and Fire in Canada, 40 years on Crack of Dawn show no signs of slowing down. Releasing ‘Ol’ Skool’, a silky smooth track whose refreshing soulful rhythms is a nod to their soul-funk past, the Canadian collective have returned to claim the RnB throne once more.

Being the first black band to be signed by a major label (CBS), Crack of Dawn were discovered by Otis Redding’s producer and were predicted big things by the likes of Billboard in the US.

To accuse Crack of Dawn of being a collective of experienced musicians would be putting it lightly. With members such as guitarist and producer Carl Harvey who has been the lead-guitarist with Toots & the Maytals sharing in their Grammy win in 2004, Rupert Harvey founder of Canada’s most successful reggae band Messenjah and bassist Charles Sinclair who has played with Al Green, Crack of Dawn have no shortage of experience with music royalty.

Reuniting to re-record some of their classic songs for a new generation and long-time fans, as well as new material, Crack of Dawn are back and they’ve brought the soul and funk of the 70’s with them.

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Jonny Dee Throws the Rule Book in the Bin

Jonny Dee brings his unique brand of psychedelic hip-hop and otherworldly rap to the masses with his first full-length release, “The Human Experience”. Like De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest before him, there is scant regard for what is expected of a musician who by rights is a rapper: this is rap music from another dimension – recognisable as rap but filled with elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, soul, video game music…the list goes on with every listen.

Based in San Diego, Jonny is completely unafraid to challenge preconceptions of both him and his music. With a look which is far nearer to the Summer of Love than gang battlefields, and a groove and instrumentation on his tracks which could fit in any number of sections in record store racks, depending on which track you skip to, Jonny is the sum of his influences and so much more. With musical innovation running in the family (his great-aunt, Marilyn McCoo, was a member of psych-soul behemoths, 5th Dimension), Jonny is as happy featuring supersonic loops and elephantine bass (such as on opener, “Rhythm of my Life”), as he is freak-out 60’s electric guitar (“In the Sound”) or the full-on 70’s funk-soul of “The Man Who Fell From the Sky”.

Jonny himself explains the concept of the album:

The whole idea of “The Human Experience” is essentially understanding and loving yourself more and more, to the point that when you look back out at the rest of the world, a lot of the struggles that people have just don’t make sense”. It’s all about a person getting more in touch with themselves, finding happiness that way, and wanting to help others to do the same. The music is a guideline I guess to find some freedom and peace from the “everyday struggles”. The “human experience” is the act of going out and trying to understand humans, why they do the things they do, treat each other the way they do, and trying to help them”.

Multi-instrumentalist Jonny Dee is the catalyst the music world has needed to bring together all genres and backgrounds into the same playing-field and giving music fans a whole universe of sound to listen to in one place.

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Review- Short Sharp Scratch

 

Jak Chantler, the former guitar player of alt-grunge outfit Kingskin, who won the accolade of Kerrang’s ‘Best Unsigned Band’, is looking to move away from his rock roots into a more soulful sound with his debut solo release, ‘Shell Suit’, under the new guise of Short Sharp Scratch.

‘Shell Suit’ exudes distinct funky-vibes, akin to the sounds of Chic and Chaka Khan, yet with a more contemporary edge that draws on the dreamy indie-pop of girl band, Haim. This is all amalgamated by producer George Shilling who conforms to Chantler’s goal of creating era-defying, positive tunes.

 

The Lost Art of Bass Playing with Lawrence Preston

Even more than the drummer of the band, bassists really get a bad rap. Or, more to the point, no rap at all. Routinely at the back of the stage with their microphone turned down, they might get the odd co-writing credit at a push. There are exceptions but this is very much the rule. Fortunately, it’s a rule artists like Lawrence Preston are happy to break.

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Having rejected playing the trombone (good move, we reckon), he moved onto bass guitar, not just taking to its charms but studying the styles of the best, one of whom spotted his talent and inspired him yet further. The chap in question was Freddie Stone, founder of Sly & the Family Stone; and it was through his contacts that his career began to gain traction, spending much of the 1980s working in Dorothy Morrison’s band.

Having honed his skills, he has taken the step to release under his own name. Not before time, this is sumptuous lazy summer soul-jazz punctuated by his bass playing which has all the hallmarks of such greats as Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke. His emergence may have taken some time but it’s been worth the wait.

It’s All Greek to Us! Lessons in Soul from Adonis

Living up to his name, shared with the Greek God, Adonis is really something spectacular. Not settling for just musician; the writer, producer, arranger, and singer has perfected his skills over a number of years, working with some of the most legendary names in music. Leagues ahead of many of his soul and pop contemporaries in terms of song-writing and performance, he is now striking out alone with his infectious sound.

His first single “My Different Lover” from the eagerly awaited album, “The Genies’ Out the Bottle” builds up the tension, making it harder and harder to wait for the release. Showcasing his spiritual philosophy as well as his musical skills. Moving away from the mainstream sex, scandals and break-ups, “My Different Lover” focuses on the deeply spiritual connection between two people. Taking influence from classic motown and soul and r&b from both 70s and 80s, the upbeat track is heightened even further by Adonis’ bass playing and multi-layered keyboards and vocals, giving a contemporary feel whilst still openly celebrating his influences.

Listen to “My Different Lover” here: https://www.reverbnation.com/adonis83