Review: London-based BBC radio DJ and selector in the clubs, Ronnie Herel, presents Neo Soul Sessions Vol 1, his debut compilation for BBE Music. A long-time ambassador of black music in the UK, clubs and radio, his brings his knowledge exclusively to BBE by presenting 13 hip hop and soul inspired tracks from UK artists like Omar, Etta Bond, Children of Zeus and Terri Walker to some transatlantic talent in Foreign Exchange, Phonte, Erro and the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff! "There's a whole world of smokin' grooves out there," Herel says, "that most of the time gets overlooked...." But now with the Mi Soul Radio's head of music in charge, we're hand delivered some of the worlds best cuts that might otherwise go undiscovered. God Bless you Ronnie. Enjoy.
Review: UK soul singer Terri Walker has always had good creative ties with the Greenmoney crew - Leo Greenslade (YoYo Club) and Alex Phountzi (Bugz In The Attic), but on "Feel Right" they've really upped their game. It's a short and sweet seductive disco funk pop gem and totally deserves to seriously bother the charts. For the clubs Funk Butcher delivers a suitably deep garage house bomb of a mix and Boxwork go straight for the commercial jugular with a classy funky house peak-timer.
Review: Greenmoney are an esteemed London duo comprising Leo Greenslade (of YoYo Club fame) and Alex Phountzi formerly of Bugz In The Attic. Here they've hooked up with British soul singer Terri Walker for a melodic bassline tune complete with hazy synth melodies and tropical rhythms. Interestingly the tune takes on a more menacing tone when heard in its instrumental form. Boxwork use their remix opportunity to turn the tune into an organ-led, looped house jam and Major Notes deliver a poppy electro-house interpretation that's certainly got the dancefloor in mind.
James Welsh & Terri Walker - "King Edward St" - (4:37) 118 BPM
Bill Murray Came To My House Party - (5:36) 120 BPM
Horse Fight - (6:01) 115 BPM
Review: Having previously impressed with 2012 releases on Wolf Music and Losing Suki, James Welsh continues his ascent towards deep house superstardom with a typically fluid and atmospheric EP for Futureboogie. "Craven" sets the tone, lacing a touchy-feely, tactile house groove with tough 808 cowbells and an intoxicating vocal sample. Regular collaborator Terri Walker makes an appearance on the shuffling, cymbal-heavy old skool garage jam "King Edward Street", while "Bill Murray Came To My House Party" largely lives up to its riotous title. "Horse Fight", with its minor key chords and sprightly synth bass, also hits the spot.
Review: Taken from new album Indigo Child, "When Angles Sing" sees garage/UKF/soul/house journeyman Donae'o drop a hugely affecting and soulful original backed by some huge name remixers. With Terri Walker joining the Don over a soft, strings 'n' piano-blessed funky beat, the original recalls classic Brit soul artists like Omar and Imagination for its sheer lusciousness, while Donae'o provides his own half-step dubstep retweak on the release too. Toddla T busts out a bunch of phasers on his sped-up piano house mix, while Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs takes "When Angels Sing" on a beautifully dubby slow electro-meets-nu jazz excursion that compliments the dual vocals perfectly. Lil Silva on the other hand goes for a full on rinse out with some huge builds and metallic percussion all present and correct.