Review: Writer, singer and former New York banker, Eric Harris first emerged in the late 2000s with tear-jerking tracks such as "Drama" and the belting "Queen" and has appeared on Soul Unsigned and Soul Junction on various occasions. "Nightlife" is a great example of his Vandross-style depth, tone and warmth while the heartfelt (and just a little steamy) "Backstage" finally sees 45" justice after becoming a cult radio hit in 2012. Pure bedtime music.
Review: If you've immersed yourself in London's funk and soul scene in recent years, you'll most likely have come across the Soul Grenades. The band has been performing in the city's clubs and live venues for a while, earning a reputation for tight instrumentation, soaring, full-throated vocals and a signature sound that sounds a little fresher and punchier than many acts with similarly vintage influences. All of these fine qualities come to the fore on "Pull The Pin", a debut album that ripples with strong songs and rousing, dancefloor-friendly workouts. Highlights include the sweaty drum breaks, fast-paced slap bass and rousing horns of "Voice of Change", the summery sweetness of "Sunshine", the high-octane funk fizz of "Don't Let It Work On You" and the fuzzy, Clavinet-sporting shuffle of "London Strut".