BRENT: SUPERB 60s SOUL SOUNDS (VARIOUS ARTISTS)
Superb soul, indeed – a heady batch of work from the important Brent label in the 60s – including a fair bit of previously unissued tunes! Brent was a bit different than some of the 60s indie soul labels – in that they didn't just pull from their local scene, but culled material from all over the US, which makes for a really great sense of variety here – both in the artists used, and in the sort of grooves they produced! Most numbers are upbeat, and pretty darn groovy – not in a straight Northern Soul mode, but a wider range of underground 60s soul – really wonderful material that's perfectly sung, beautifully produced, and still pretty darn fresh after all these years. We've only had a handful of singles on Brent in our own collection, so we're stunned at the quality of the material here – a smashing 24 track lineup that includes "Begging You" by Ronnie White, "I Love You Baby" by The Moovers, "I Want Love" by Brenton Wood, "Praying For The Rain To Come" by Dave Crawford, "Someone" by Bertha Tillman, "My Man He's A Loving Man" by Lynda Lyndell, "A Lot of Loving Going Round" by Clarence Hill, "Don't You Know That I Believe" by Carl Lester & The Show Stoppers, "Go To Him" by Clyde Wilson, and "I Need You Baby" by Lewis Clark. ~ Dusty Groove
Marina Quaisse is a cellist, composer and arranger of strings.She became known first by collaborations with Wax Tailor and the last few years with Mattic, including the albums “The Abstract Convention” and “The Adventures of Doctor Outer.” “The Legend Of Sirena” forges a universe in which converge multiple dimensions, both graceful and dark, air and hypnotic. Strings and wood vibrations naturally mix perfectly to the accuracy of a poetic abstract hip-hop. The story begins on July 8, aboard a vessel ready to leave the port. This is the start of an introspective journey led by a character “Sirena” evil sorceress that attract sailors on the seabed. The first part of the album symbolises the descent into hell of the seaman, lost between reality and illusions. Interlude then Mattic come out on « Dance with the devil » and « The good times », to announce the second part wich illustrate the expression of the tribulations of the sailor. Will the seaman follow Sirena? The Legend Of Sirena is set for release on September 29.
JEFF MORRISON - THE COMPTROLLER
The album's got a really classic-styled cover, and a classic-styled sound to match – a great Hammond/tenor vibe that's wonderfully old-school all the way through! The album was recorded live in a small Chicago club, and has the feel of a vintage Prestige records live date – with heavy organ lines from Ben Paterson, who handles the basslines as well – with a Jack McDuff sort of flair – plus tenor from Jeff Morrison and superb trumpet from Odies Williams III! The group's completed by Todd Howell on drums – and titles include classics like "Silver's Serenade", "Dat Dere", "Peace", "Hittin The Jug", and "Senor Blues". Note: The package is a bit hand-made by the artist, but the recording is great and the music is really top-shelf! ~ Dusty Groove