Review: Twin brothers Kelvis and Kendall Duffie have been writing and performing as under the name Kloud 9 since 1987. Here we have a brand new track from the Nashville duo, but rather than the gospel-orientated material for which they are best known, "Dime" evokes the smooth early 80s soul sound of acts like Kool & The Gang.
Review: This is one of those original disco oddities that's a trivia-lovers dream. Mascara were a one-shot, studio-only outfit put together by Ensign Records boss Chris Hill. Their members included Luther Vandross, back in the days when the golden-voiced crooner had yet to make it big on his own (or even with Change). The album largely sunk without trace on its original release in 1979, despite opening with a brilliant, soaring disco suite ("See You In L.A"/"Jet Plane Ride"). The album also includes a curious disco cover of Bowie's "Golden Years" (really) and a brilliant, full-throttle stomper in the shape of "Coming Home Baby". Oh, and the model on the cover is none other than Paula Yeates (she of Bob Geldof/The Tube fame).
Review: Richard Searling and Ralph Tee's Expansion Records tirelessly work to release the type of quality soul long since abandoned by largely by most of the US major labels. This long player is a case in point, with the artist's moniker literally reflecting the label's 'real' ethos. Very little info is available on this mysterious act (is that Courtney Pine on the cover?), but you do get 15 top-notch cuts of cough, brassy real soul to tuck into.