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Charles Bradley feat. The Menahan Street Band “No Time for Dreaming” [ALBUM REVIEW]]

Daptone Records out of New York is one of my favorite indie labels for one reason and one reason only, the ability to go above and beyond with their artists in production value and sound.  OK fine that was two reasons, sue me.  They have managed to keep the sounds of 60’s and 70’s soul and blues alive in a big way.  Artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have flourished because they have been given an environment to create new music with respect to the old sounds.  Now Dunham Records (an offshoot of Daptone) has found another diamond in the rough, Charles Bradley.

Charles Bradley –  I Believe In Your Love

I read Mr. Bradley’s bio and I was blown away.  Talk about hardship scarafice and true unadulterated love of music.  The man has hitchhiked or traveled all over America, from Maine to Alaska, picking up odd jobs along the way.  Basically living  on the streets for a good part of his life, Charles Bradley has always had a love for music.  After seeing The Godfather of Soul James Brown at the Apollo in 1962 he knew he wanted to be a apart of the scene, but circumstance after circumstance led Bradley away from what he loved.

Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

This record in a word, heavy.  It’s a biography of a man’s life leaning on hard times and suffering.  The thoughtful music is sung by a man who has not only felt these emotions but lived them.  I’d tell you more about Charles, but I think I’ll let him fill you in better than I ever could.

Charles Bradley –  Why Is It So Hard?

Bradley was discovered playing, his idol James Brown, covers in Bedstuy, NY under the name “Black Velvet” by a representative from Daptone Records.  After listening to this record I can see where Bradley’s raw vocal talent comes from.  He and his label mates knew it was time to put his story on tape.  He like many other successful artists sings about what he knows and doesn’t pull any punches.  Backed by the Menahan Street Band, Bradley is a vocal force reminiscent of the great James Brown who he loved so much.  If you love the soulful sounds of the 60’s and 70’s do yourself a favor and check out Charles Bradley and the Menehan Street Band.

Charles is currently on TOUR and his new record “No Time For Dreaming” is available in many formats through the Daptone site HERE.  He will be playing LA’s Echo on May 4th.

Here’s the title track and the last track from “No Time For Dreaming”

Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming

Charles Bradley – Heartaches and Pain

Check out Daptone as well.  They are an awesome little label with an amazing roster.  And as they say, I hope they “Keep Puttin Soul Up.”

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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Colm Lynch [VIDEO]

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Lynch’s much-anticipated debut album, A Whisper in a Riot oozes with a confidence, passion and steely determination unusual in a first offering……. might be the most exciting thing you’ve heard in years.
Colm O’ Hare, Hotpress

Lyrically and musically, Lynch is a super sized cut above the rest with songs that stick in your memory.
Orla O’ Brien, In Dublin.

The lyrics are more Dylan than Rice, the energy more Paul Weller than Paddy Casey.
Bianca Lukyx, TV Now.

Cinematic, stylish, different……..very different and very good.
Dave Fanning 2FM
Colm Lynch is possibly the best Irish newcomer to emerge from 2006. A Whisper In A Riot is one of the albums from last year

that just shouldn’t be missed.
In Dublin.

Superb debut……..it is the lead man’s vocals that will ultimately win you over.
Gareth Maher, Totally Dublin.

I don’t know why he’s not in everyone’s record collection. I think he’s fantastic.
Michelle Harding, Acoustic Highway, RTE Radio1

Exceptional debut album.
Eddie Rowley, Sunday World.

I heard Colm play in Dalkey recently and I thought he was super so I asked him to come in today to sing a few songs……his version of Hallelujah is really beautiful.
Karen Coleman, The Wide Angle, Newstalk, Christmas Eve 2006

Colm does seem to have a direct line to the spirits of Dylan and Mike Scott.
Kevin Courtney, Irish Times

It’s fair to say that Killiney native Colm Lynch is entering a hugely crowded market of singer/songwriters, but his debut major-label single indicates that Damien Rice et al might be able to squeeze out just a little more.
Shilpa Ganatra, Hotpress

………..a captivating live performer with fantastic songs. Machine-gun percussuve playing accompanies unusual lyrical content and a vivid stage presence.
http://www.irelandlogue.com/guide/music/artists

Best Male 2007
BalconyTV Awards,Sugar Club June 9 , 2007

…comes on like a one man hoedown.
Tim Smyth, Trinity News

….his expressive vocals and narrative style carry occasional echoes of the Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan…… it is his literate and incisive lyrics that really distinguish him from dozens of other Irish artists.
Eistmusic

This album is a great addition to any collection…6 out of 6
http://www.musicreviewunsigned.com

…glorious, beautifully crafted songs of a real troubadour whose lyrical edge will knock you for six……delighting audiences with his charismatic live performances
Sinister Pete, Phantom 105.2

……reminiscent of latter-day Van Morrison…….even a hint of Springsteen in Lynch’s passionate, soulful delivery..
Stephen Errity, Hot Press

Find out more and keep up to date with Colm @ his Facebook page

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Aloe Blacc “Good Things” [MUSIC]

 

Aloe Blacc hails from Orange Country, CA.  A soul singer with RnB and hip hop tendencies.  This guys voice is “like buttah.”

His most recent release “Good Things” draws from his vast musical background.  The first track “I Need A Dollar” is one mans take on what it takes to make it in America.  It’s dark, soulful and true.

His voice is pure and easy to listen to.  He has taken LA by storm and is now currently in Europe promoting his newest release.  This record is for those who like the soulful sounds of the 60’s and 70’s and have a tendency to listen to Marvin Gaye rather than Sly and the Family Stone.  The ever popular theme of love and love lost is all over this record and there is some political stuff as well.  His airy falsettos and soulful voice backed by a fresh take on classic RnB is refreshing to listen to.

Two of my favorite tracks using these themes are the title track “Good Things” which is a poppy breakup tune and “Mama Hold My Hand” which is Blacc’s way of expressing his fears of being on his own.

Good Things – Aloe Blacc

Mama Hold My Hand – Aloe Blacc

Blacc is a refreshing artist and his most recent release “Good Things” is just that, a “good thing” for the LA music scene and beyond.

Check him out here on facebook and here for his personal site and here for his indie label, Stones Throw.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |

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