WAYNE COCHRAN - GOIN' BACK TO MIAMI: THE SOUL SIDES 1965-1970
Hey, don't hold Wayne Cochran's hair against him – because he's one massively soulful dude, despite a high white pompadour – and really knew how to rock the clubs back in the 60s! Cochran's a really unique figure – working with a look that was whiter-than-white, but coming across with a groove that was right up there in the best funky soul mode of the time! Wayne played for the same sort of crowds that went to see Baby Huey & The Babysitters – blending together soul and R&B influences with a really party-oriented groove laid down by his legendary CC Riders backup group – and crossing countless borders along the way, all in pursuit of a socking soul sound! This wonderful set is the best we've ever seen on his music – and features tracks pulled from his sessions for King, Chess, and Mercury – plus a full never-issued live album for King, titled The Wayne Cochran Show. There's more than a few covers here of other 60s soul tunes, but Wayne somehow manages to make most of them sound even better than the originals – bringing in funky arrangements that weren't even used on the hits, and making us wish we'd had a chance to catch his cooking show back in the day. 38 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dance To The Music", "Hold On I'm Coming", "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Hard To Handle", "Chopper 70", "Everybody", "Let Me Come With You", "My Machine", "Get Ready", "Which One Should I Choose", "I'm In Trouble", "The Peak Of Love", "Somebody Please", "I'm Leaving It Up To You", and "Big City Woman". ~ Dusty Groove
MANNY JAMES - GOOD COMPANY
Manny James' voice has been described as "timeless, soulful and raw", influenced by greats such as Curtis Mayfeild, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye, Manny James delivers on the same level of vocal intensity and realness as his predecessors. Manny James stands 6' 3' with booming voice and looming physical presence that commands attention from all baring witness to his live performances. Manny James' approach is slightly more laid back and guilty of dripping with sex on his lead off single "Good Company" as he speaks to some sourly needed decompression time with a female counter part as the weekend draws near. The track bounces along with a retro 60s 2 step beat and Motown rich harmonic feel. Manny James is the voice of "So Incredible", the track produced and composed by Fred (FS) Sargolini for the NFL/VISA campaign #MyFootballFantasy starring Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons.The TV spot featuring "So Incredible" aired nationally and has gone viral with over 4.5 million views. VISA has also released the full length song with the proceeds going to charity.
ALEXEY KRUGLOV - STRUCTURE #54
“Structure # 54” is another step on the way of this Siberia-Moscow quartet, a phase containing a unique improvisational line of a compositional structure. We wanted to create a metaphor through embodying paints, images, conditions, which might no longer exist. The figure 54 is very symbolic here. After the Novosibirsk region code was changed from 54 to 154, the special quality, certain state of being could leave Novosibirsk, or could transform to something completely different – this is what we try to show here with the help of hints and allusions. Fantasies and transiencу – recorded as sounds and well structured – reveal not just some statement of a specific period of time, but also the reflection of personal attitude of musicians to these local changes, which, however, do not affect or change the essence of the attitude to the Siberian world. The world with its immense space, bringing up the image of infinity in each Siberian soul.