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. 

To keep updated with Raw Soul Express follow their social media:

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

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

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Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5e8PzKR7GtAtJzBVARpNv6

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-1CuwLYeBhEgXrsg_N5Tiw/videos


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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 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

‘With You’ by J.J Leone

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Check out the latest single from Norwich based singer-songwriter, J.J Leone! Fusing acoustic guitar with R&B influences and J.J’s signature soulful vocals, ‘With You’ is a infectious number you won’t be able to listen to just once.

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Les Kirsh: ‘Tell Me To My Face’

If you’ve always been a bit of a soul fan, but are disappointed that the genre has seemingly died, then don’t despair as 70s soul-man Les Kirsh has resurrected his singing career with 3 re-mastered singles, which he self-categorises under his own label of ‘modern-soul’.

Consequently, there are a few other elements from other genres mixed in there, from pop, rock and even a little bit of dance, but as always with Les, soul is at the heart of play.

Back in the 70s, Les’ career was stopped in its tracks by a terrible car crash and it is only now that he is returning to his glory days.

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Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’

New track available from January 30th 2015

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.

Links:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: @mama_moonshine

Instagram: @mama_moonshine_ruth

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine

Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’

New track available from January 30th 2015

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

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Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.

Links:

www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshinemusic

Twitter: @mama_moonshine

Instagram: @mama_moonshine_ruth

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine