ERIC ROBERSON'S NEW ALBUM, MUSIC FAN FIRST - AUGUST 24TH

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The brand new ERIC ROBERSON album is only a matter of weeks away. For release by Dome on August 24, the 17-song album features guest appearances from - among others - Lalah Hathaway, Wayna and T3 from Slum Village.

This is the sixth studio album from America's #1 independent soul star - winner of the 2008 Best Underground Artist Award voted for by viewers of America's BETJ TV channel.

It sees him continue his creative association with the likes of Osunlade and Curt Chambers, and begin a new link with UK co-writer/producer Colin Emmanuel.

Eric will be visiting the UK for the album release and will headline two Michael Jackson Tribute nights at London's Jazz Café on August 29 and 30. Please contact the venue for further details.

In October he returns to Europe for live dates with his band at the following venues:

Oct 7 - Cardiff, Soda Bar
Oct 8 - London, Jazz Café
(Box office tel:0844 847 2514 (24hrs)/restaurant booking 020 7688 8899)
Oct 9 - London, Jazz Café
Oct 10 - Birmingham, The Drum (Box office tel: 0121 333 2444)
Oct 11 - Manchester, Band On The Wall
Oct 13 - Paris, Bizz'Art Club

During his last UK and European shows Eric included a spectacular "Beat It" in his set. For the upcoming October dates this has been replaced by an equally fine version of "P.Y.T."

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MAXWELL: 'BAD HABITS' - Another (possible) teaser from the new album

maxwell-badhabitsListen here - Listen here - http://www.okayplayer.com/news/Audio-Maxwell-Bad-Habits-.html

It's supposedly from the forthcoming album 'Black Summer Nights' but you know how leaked tracks have a nasty habit (no pun intended) of not turning up on official releases so enjoy whilst you can. Personally I prefer this to 'Pretty Wings'. 'Pretty...' was OK but I was a bit underwhelmed by it - I expected more based on the MySpace teaser. 'Bad Habits' has got more personality, more classically Maxwell IMHO. That said, my man could sing you your tax return and make it sound like the most beautiful thing you've heard.

Anyway some thoughts and feedback would be appreciated.

Shalom, Miss T x


NEWS: New Eric Roberson album in August + live in London, Oct 8th+9th

erro2News just in... Eric Roberson aka ERRO releases his long awaited album entitled "Music Fan First" on August 24.

To tie in with the release Eric will return to the UK and Europe in October. Dates confirmed so far include London's Jazz Cafe October 8 and 9 (advance ticket price £17.50), The Drum Birmingham on October 10 and Paris - Bizz'Art Club on October 13.

Visit the venue websites [linked above] to buy tickets.

-Mars

PS. Visit Erro's blog to keep uptodate with one of the hardest working men in soul.


Mica Paris - Born Again (Rhythm Riders)

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Rating: 3.5/5

After a 10 year hiatus from the music industry, one of the best soul singers to come out of the UK returns with her new album Born Again.

Mica Paris is probably best known for her hit 1988 hit song 'My One Temptation', however subsequent releases failed to have the same impact. Although she continued to release new material regularly she never really got the mainstream recognition she deserved. However all that may change on this release.

Born Again kicks off with the James Morrison penned, Motown-tinged first single 'Baby Come Back Now'. A great choice as a first single, the up-beat track taps into the ever-popular retro-soul movement.

Title track, 'Born Again' is a string-laden ballad, placed early-on to showcase Mica's vocals. Lyrically it's a bit bland, and covers well-trodden ground however the sentiment of the song, and Mica's vocals just about pull it through.

A few tracks on the album hint at the retro-sound heard on the album opener, including the Eric Benet penned 'You're The Only One', and album highlight 'The Hardest Thing'. I know that the retro sound has been done to death over the last couple of years but Mica's voice really suits it.

Other tracks of note include a cover of Keiysha Cole's 'I Remember', the uptempo, club-friendly 'Tonight', and 'Stay'.

In my opinion the two real standouts come at the very end of the album. First we have a stripped-back version of her biggest hit 'My One Temptation'. This was never one of my favourites (in comparison to 'So Good' and 'You Can Make A Wish') but this version has had me hitting repeat over and over.

Finally we are given a live version of the Gershwin classic 'Summertime'. This track does not fit into the overall sound or feel of the album, but I'm so glad it was included. The jazzy soulfulness that Mica exudes on this track shows why she is seen my many as the Queen of UK soul.

Release Date: 01 June 2009

Website: www.micaparis.com

SoulUK


To Whom It May Concern: Choklate's New LP Is Essential!

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If anyone is looking for an album that has you hooked in the first 30 seconds, and keeps you thoroughly engrossed till the very last note then look no further than Choklate's To Whom It May Concern.

Most indie/underground soul fans will be familiar with Choklate from her self-titled debut which went largely unnoticed by the mainstream but became a firm favourite of those who keep a keen ear to the ground.

To Whom It May Concern follows on pretty much where Choklate left off... The winning combination of Choklate's soulful, silky vocals riding on top of Hip Hop influenced beats is as present here as it was on her debut. That said, this is no 'safe' carbon copy of her first album. Even with the somewhat limited amount of time I have spent with her two releases it is apparent that the lady has grown as both a vocalist and writer.

Stand-out tracks on the album include the 'Time Tells Intro' (which I wish was a full track), the hip-hop influenced, inspirational first single 'Suns Out', title track 'To Whom It May Concern', and the disco tinged track 'The Tea'.

Now here's hoping she graces the UK with a show or two in support of this album, I hear on good authority that she kills it live.

Buy the album. Support real music.

--SoulUK


Danish Soul: Jonas – documentary on new album, WAITT

Danish soul singer Jonas drops his new album WAITT on May 25th - check out this very interesting, well-produced documentary about him, soul music in Europe, the former group he sang in and this forthcoming album, WAITT. Thumbs up.

Jonas WAITT documentary


Maxwell's Letter To The Listener

Maxwell posted the following on his Facebook fan page yesterday...

a letter to the listener

Yesterday at 22:23

i know its been a long time. countless updates on various pages; false starts and empty promises. even i get frustrated with myself. why leave a world so encouraging and optimistic when so many people dream for the chances some of you may believe i might have squandered.Read more