DJ CAM QUARTET - THE SOULSHINE SESSIONS
A wonderfully jazzy session from DJ Cam – not the Soulshine album of many years back, but an all-instrumental record that may be one of Cam's warmest in years! There's a great small combo vibe to the record – which features a sextet with lots of great keyboards from Eric Legnini, plus Alex Tassel on trumpet and Giullaume Naturel on tenor and flute – working alongside more keyboards and percussion from Cam – with a laidback vibe that's partly 70s jazz funk, partly a more contemporary mode that reminds us of some of our favorite work from the west coast underground of the 90s – particularly early Ubiquity albums by Greyboy or Slide Five. Titles include "Friends & Enemies", "Juliet", "Angel Heart", "Espionage", "Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens", and "Un Ete A Paris". ~ Dusty Groove
THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP - HABANA DREAMS
The Pedrito Martinez Group follow up their GRAMMY-nominated debut with the release of Habana Dreams, pushing forward the group's cutting-edge sound with some of the biggest names in Latin music - Rubén Blades, Descemer Bueno, and Issac Delgado. Recorded in both Cuba and New York, the album marks the homecoming of Cuban-born conguero and rumbero Pedrito Martinez, and a return to his Afro-Cuban roots. With magnetic personality and dynamic musicianship, Habana Dreams showcases the group's impressive range, from contemplative ballads to electrifying rumbas, while remaining irresistibly danceable throughout. Features special guests Wynton Marsalis, Angélique Kidjo, Román Díaz and Telmary Díaz. ~ Amazon
THE TIBBS - TAKIN' OVER
Preceded by the smashing single ‘Next Time’, The Tibbs’ debut album ‘Takin’ Over’ will hit the streets on May 20th 2016. Produced by Paul Willemsen (Zuco 103 / Lefties Soul Connection), recorded at the Electric Monkey Studio in Amsterdam using only vintage gear and mastered in Nashville by soul veteran Bob Ohlsson (the guy who took care of mastering for many Motown hits), ‘Takin’ Over’ is indeed a breath of fresh air! From the smashing Motownish opener ‘Dog Days’ and floor-shaking tracks ‘Get Back Tuesday’ and ‘Next Time’, to the deep soul of ‘Wild Way’ and funk stormer ‘Suffocated’, singer Elsa Bekman - supported by a super tight big band - will impress everybody with her unique raw, gritty vocals that do not fear comparison with big names such as Amy Winehouse and Duffy. Based in Amsterdam, The Tibbs are a super tight soul revue fronted by miss. Elsa Bekman, one of the roughest and hottest young vocalists from the Netherlands. Believe us, you'll be immediately conquered by her irresistible and unique raw, gritty vocals.