Funk

Peter Young, DJ: A Master of Spin

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Picture it. The kitchen radio, a glistening hunk of bakelite, its alignment of valves producing a sound that commanded attention. You're a kid busy hanging onto your mother's skirt as she cooks the evening meal. It's a moment of inspiration.

A New Clear Fusion: How to Save the Music Industry

Jason Holmes | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Take a look in HMV and tell me what you see. For while the conveyor belt of the craven book publishing world rolls on, the art world preens and lumbers in search of the next concept, and our once glorious world of music has had its guts ripped out by the internet. Yet the musician persists in his efforts to have the cloth-eared hear his songs.

Gig Exclusive: Trio Valore Tears Up the Rule Book in Milan

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It is here in Milan, far north in the Bel Paese [Italy, the "beautiful country"], that a cultural pragmatism has attracted those of a more refined musical streak. And it is at Biko, a club not far from the throng of the city centre, that Trio Valore has convened to play to a Milanese crowd intent on devouring live music as would they their mammas' pasta e fagioli. It's a crowd of stylists who want to dance, and they do.

Stone Foundation: Is This the Best Unsigned Band Around?

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Think of Sly and the Family Stone, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Specials. Then think again, because the clue's in the name. Their sound is a fine blend of all that has come to pass, from the blues and early R'n'B, all the way up through to soul and ska and the new wave, so theirs is a solid musical grounding.

Ten Artists to Watch

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Music is a huge part of my professional life and I'm lucky enough to spend most of my waking day listening to music or working with musicians. Since there are few greater gifts than music, I thought I'd showcase 10 acts that have made a real impression in the past few months.

Simon Bartholomew: Still Enjoying a Heavy Love Affair With the Funk

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A snowy Saturday night in New Cross found Jason Holmes enjoying a post-gig chat with Simon Bartholomew of the Brand New Heavies

The Power and the Glory: Carleen Anderson @ Ronnie Scott's, Soho, 8 January

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Petite and lithe, Carleen Anderson took the stage in a black gown and launched into a 90-minute set of jazz and gospel at the legendary London jazz club, and such was her vocal power, that in an instant we all forgot the ephemera of the day just gone.

Interview: A Conversation With Ed Jones

Clara Cullen | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Sounding like a young John Mayer with hints of Adam Levine, Ed Jones' debut album Going Places is a confident and brash affair. Effortlessly blending ...

Let the Melody Ring On: Musical Faces to Watch Out For in 2013

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A love of live music pervades the club, rather than the sweaty media ambition of the mainstream, whose godheads can be identified as the millionaire prefab boy bands who some of us have learned to avoid.

Single Review: Maze Hill - Long Haul

Kamran Assadi | Posted 17.01.2013 | Home
Kamran Assadi

When it comes to promising new bands, eclectic musical vibes, and well-thought out lyrics - it seems that the unbelievably creative mind of Joshua Idehen knows no end.

Away from the Mainstream: Meet the Oxbow Lake Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

'We're a gigging band in Scotland,' Andy Clucas tells me. 'We started as an acoustic band back in the winter of 2007, and a lot of people told us we had a Dexys [Midnight Runners] sound, probably because our sound is...eclectic.'

Album Review: King Porter Stomp -- Shuffle

Lydia Hughes | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

I recently caught up with Jonzey (Tim Jones) of King Porter Stomp to talk about the band's eagerly awaited sophomore record, Shuffle.

Single Review: Benin City - Accelerate

Kamran Assadi | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

This vibrant raucous second single from the 4-piece band Benin City does just that with a massive cherry on top! Named after the Nigerian state capital, this London-based band consists of the members: Theo Buckingham (drums), Faye Treacy (Trombone/BVs), Tom Leaper (Tenor Saxophone/Samples/Synths) and Joshua Idehen (Vocals). Although they have only been going since 2009, the tight musical chemistry as demonstrated in their material since then, and this current single, is second to none and really inspiring to hear from such a "young" band.

Nigel Price: Striking Chords

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

To paraphrase a well-known British songwriter, he's got a pick in his pocket and it makes him a player. Nigel Price, one of the leading lights of the UK funk and jazz scene, spoke to Jason Holmes about his taste in music and how devotion to the guitar transformed his life.

Jasmine Kara, the New Blues Sound

Jason Holmes | Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

On a March evening in London's West End as a bitter wind swept through emptying streets, a coterie of men and women convened at the Borderline Club in the shadow of Foyles bookshop to pay respect to a burgeoning musical talent from Sweden.

Appreciate the Living Before It's Too Late!

Kamran Assadi | Posted 28.03.2012 | Home
Kamran Assadi

I encounter truly remarkable people in my life on a daily basis, people that inspire me with their values, morals and beliefs. People who always go the extra mile in everything they do, good people. These people are the ones I really appreciate, yet will they ever get the plaudits they deserve?