Review: Foster Emerson Sylvers was a member of the Sylvers when he was just a kid, and his debut LP form 1973 preceded what the Jackson Five achieved towards the end of the decade. At the time of his self-titled debut, Sylvers was only 11 years old, and the kid from Philly already had enough elegance and panache to perform on any stage across the globe. This magnificent LP, reissued by the trusted Mr Bongo, is a pleasure in every single way...for the artist's voice, for the diversity of these soul ballads, and for their irreplaceable charm. There is so much love, so much passion, and so much (true) soul across these 11 tracks - not to mention the fact that tey have been near impossible to find until now! What a corker - do not let this one slide!
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".
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.