Thursday, 12 January 2017

Donovan Blackwood is Number One

Congratulations to UK Soul singer Donovan Blackwood on his single ' Never Gonna Let You Go'' the remastered bonus cut on his new EP 'Break My Back', that is currently #1 in the official UK Soul Chart, the chart goes out every Sunday evening on Starpoint Radio and then repeated through the week, you can find it in print in Blues & Soul Magazine and on Starpoint Radio's web site.

I was shocked reading the credits on his website as through out the promotion he never mentioned he is also an award winning actor! As an actor played The Chief in the series Top Coppers on BBC3, for which he won the Movie Video and Screen Award for Best Comedy Performance the show then transferred to BBC2. He also featured as Drill Sergeant Baxter in The Windsors, as well as an appearance as Roughneck in Miss You Already, his voiceover work includes both Sony & Rubicon.

Break My Back features the love song 'Can You Feel ' plus the visceral title track. Whilst Star is both funky and soulful to the reflective 'We Had Moments', then ending the EP 'Everybody But Me' which was co written with Blackwood's friend Junior Giscombe, (Mama Used To Say), whom he has recently made a guest appearance on The British Collective’s latest album, The Renaissance Begins, on the track Won’t You Come Over which also features Junior Giscombe, Roachford, Lee John (of Imagination), Omar, Don E & Noel McKoy.

He is currently lead vocalist for the band Heatwave who scored top UK hits with, Boogie Nights, Always & Forever & The Groove Line, which he has done for many years in the UK, alongside Keith Wilder.
The UK Soul star sounds in a similar styles and has been compared to the likes of, Seal, Sean Escoffery, Terence Trent D'Arby, in other words UK soul with a bit of an edge. Donovan Blackwood is no newcomer to the UK Soul Scene, he has supported, Aswad & Jocelyn Brown, sung backing vocals with the likes of Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, James Morrison and many others. It's great to see Donovan Blackwood on top of the stack where he belongs!

Stop Press - Donovan Blackwood will be doing a live acoustic set LIVE on Solar Radio Thursday 26th of January on Gary Spence's Afternoon Delight show between 3-6 UK Time.   

Saturday, 7 January 2017

SoulfusionSeven Steppin' Up to Number one

SOULFUSIONSEVEN are soul duo comprising bassist/songwriter John Saltwell and lyricist Paul Baker. We first heard of 'em on a Tom Glide's 2014 'Smooth Winter' compilation on which their 'Steppin' Up My Love' was a highlight. The track went on to hit no. 1 in the Amazon Nu soul chart. Since then not a lot, save a sweet and stately tribute to Luther Vandross, 'Luther'.

Back in 2016 at the time of 'Steppin' Up My Love',  Gary Van den Bussche of DSG commissioned remixes of the song but for whatever reasons the new mixes were never issued. However, over the last month or so Paul Baker allowed some key DJs access to the T-Groove Yuki "T-Groove" Takahashi mix of the cut and the reaction was remarkable with many top modern jocks picking the cut as their "best of 2016"! 

Logically the tweak is now being made available to all and sundry via DSG Records... and was the wait worth it? Well ... yes! The Yuki Takahashi T Groove mix of 'Steppin' Up My Love' is a classic slab of modern soul... you know what I mean – totally contemporary but with just the right amount of retro to fuel the nostalgia freaks. Beats are tight, harmonies sweet, the bass line rock solid and it's all topped off with a soulful sax break. Great stuff and it's backed with the more balladic 'Watching An Angel'.

SoulfusionSeven - Steppin' Up My Love - (Yuki T-Groove remix) is out now on DSG through i Tunes Download here  and Amazon
                                  (Japan's #1 Remix producer Yuki T- Groove)
Review: with thanks to Bill.

The song is currently #1 on the Amazon  R&B Chart in Japan! 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

LUV Sympli Whitney

Whitney Marshall a.k.a. Sympli Whitney was born in Springfield, MA in 1976 and raised in Framingham, MA by her two loving parents Benjamin and Lucy Marshall; both devout Christians and ordained Baptist ministers, Whitney's vocal journey started early as a young gospel alto in various church choirs from middle school through college.

During her college years she became more confident in her performance abilities after landing lead female vocals for an up and coming funk band out of Indiana known as The Big Bang Theory. It was in this period of time Whitney began to really show her first true signs of greatness, performing alongside George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics at Ball State University was the highlight of this time for Sympli Whitney.

After college Whitney joined the work force which led her to an interest in criminal justice. This eagerness to learn found Whitney enlisting in the US Army in 2002 and living abroad for several years before being honorably discharged after suffering an injury while in S. Korea in 2006. Upon return to her family's home in Framingham, Whitney, again driven by her love for helping people, followed a career path in human services, adolescent healthcare, mental health and healthcare administration in which she holds an MBA. All while actively singing lead/co-lead female vocals in a variety of local bands around the Boston area such as Mystique, Nemisis, E-Water Band and Athene Wilson and Friends; all this in addition to forming her own band, perfectly named Sympli Whitney.

In 2014, Sympli Whitney appeared on BET's APOLLO LIVE season 2 airing on September 26th, where she received accolades from the legendary Gladys Knight, Boston's own Michael Bivins and the incomparable Doug E. Fresh! The Judges, searched for words to explain why they enjoyed her performance and why they were each impressed. Whitney has that effect on people. It’s hard to say who she reminds you of because she has a sound and vocal style of her own, yet she could remind you of such legends as Evelyn King, Patrice Rushen or maybe Cherelle. Whitney was one of the featured artists on the 2014 independent release titled “Indie Soul United 2.” She was featured on “7 Days A Week,” “I’d Rather Say Good Morning” and a remake of the Stevie Wonder classic “Black Man.” “ISU 2” reached the #2 spot on the U.K. Soul Chart. 

Fast forwarding to the present, Sympli Whitney continues to win fans all over around the world with her soulful voice. Landing on several UK charts, such as the UK Top 30 Soul Chart, early January 2016's release of her freshman album 'Ryze of the Phoenix', would spark a fire that would not dim for almost 8 months! With powerful single remixes like 'The Best' by Colin Watson released on UK Soul designer label DSG, to the bouncy French vinyl release of the double a side 'Get Enuff & Fresh Luv which were captivating nostalgic beats pounding you out of your seat and into a dancing frenzy like you were in the 80's, but with enuff feel for today. It's is no wonder Sympli didn't slow on the UK Soul charts for some time and no wonder why Whitney is featured in all the best of chart for 2016, with her album, 'Ryze of the Phoenix' and singles, 'The Best' & 'Get Enuff' / 'Fresh Love'. 

Sympli Whitney has stars in her eyes and with determination will make this her best year yet, with the release of the Colin Watson remix ep of, L.U.V, Get Enuff, and the mid tempo Echoes which has a reggae surprise breakdown init to expanded her yet to another audience of open minded, 80's groovin', 2017 R&B music lovers of the world. Enjoy The Sympli Whitney, Colin Watson remixed' L.U.V ' EP which is released on DSG Friday 20th January 2016.

Gary Spence's Record Of The Week - Echoes CW MIX from the LUV EP 

 Tony Monson of Solar Radio talks at the end about remixes. 

Download here on i Tunes

Soultracks First Listen review

Sympli Whitney reaches #1, #2 & #6 on Amazon UK R&B chart!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Luxury Soul 2017

Your yearly Luxury Soul box set injection of top selling Soul music is nearly upon us. With the injection ready, here is your Soulful fix of magical delights for 2017.

After only two album releases and the loss of band member Kae Williams Jr, it's a 'Gift Of Love' to see them back again with new materiel and also performing soon live in the UK with The Pockets, who's original members, bassist Gary Grainger, lead vocalist Larry Jacobs, percussionist-auxiliary drummer Greg,the bands 2016 release 'Sing A Message' is also included here, it's a mid tempo funky shuffler, almost Earth Wind & Fire in parts.  

DSG's Hannah White Joey Nelson remix of 'That's Love' is here on CD for the first time, it's Latino driven mix that saw the song reach top 5 in the UK soul charts, and pleasesd crowds at The Camp Soul Music Festival, The Solar Radio Boat party & Caister Soul Festival. Fe Fae catchy It's A beautiful day, Tom Glide's dreamy UK Soul #1 'All I Need Is You' featuring Funmilayo NGozi .

 Modern Soul favorites Cool Million are present with Kiki Kyte 'Disco Chick' and (Frank) Ryles 'Two Way Love Affair' which with remixes will be the new single from Ryles #1 Soul Album, 'Adventures of Jefferson Keyes'. Amazing to think it's be three years since Gary Van den Bussche discovered SouLutions, who have since followed, their #1 DSG release Listen with a top selling album last year called' Destiny' and a big #1 double A Side single this year in which,' Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover'' which is included  on this album and like many of the tracks for the first time on CD.

 The groovy Doggett Brothers are here with a Japanese remix by T-Groove. R&B/Soul fans will be happy with the inclusion of ' Moving On', By Faye B, Kim Tibbs 'I Need Your Love', Latrese Bush 'Love I Can Sing About', Lovell 'Groove With You' & The nephew of The Three Degrees’ Helen Scott, Ashley Scott debut recording 'Words' is present here, as is, HD Laura Jackson adding some sugar with the catchy, 'Nothing But Love'. One of the Summer's biggest Soul hits was Sargent Tucker featuring Drizabone 'I Need Your Love' where Billy Drizabone even plays live drums on the track himself, it was released on a Limited 7 inch pressing with now only the last few left from

 Soulful House music fans, will be pleased with the inclusion of Phil Asher’s West Ten Mix of 'Asking Eyes', Ed The Red's Catchy 'Wish You Mine'. It's been a good year for DSG's blue eyed Soul duo Mather & Kingdon, included here you will find their cover of Barry Whites' I Found Love, plus from Mather recorded debut solo album, which reached #2 in the UK Soul charts from the album the first single release, which is his cover of Ronn Matlock's modern Soul gem, ' I Can't Forget About You'. 

Quality oldies by the likes of, Rose Royce, Brandi Wells, Jean Carne & the late Kashif who sadly passed this year, but earlier in the year he performing live at the Blackpool at the Luxury Soul Weekender 2016, so it's a nice tribute to include, Can We Just Get Along? A fantastic collection of tunes, compiled by Ralph Tee, think your agree a massive collection of future classics! - A MUST BUY

(Mr Ralph Expansions Tee  pictured here with Tracy Hamlin and Alton McClain Scarborough)
Here is the track listing ...
Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover - Soulutions
I Need You For Your Love! - Kim Tibbs
Gift Of Love - Breakwater
That's Love (Joey Nelson Mix) - Hannah White
Two Way Love Affair - Ryle
Moving On - Faye B
You Make Me Feel (T-Groove Remix) - Doggett Brothers
Where Do We Go (Boogie Back Remix) - Conell C.C. Carter
Let's Have A Good Time - Andy Stokes
Love I Can Sing About - Latrese Bush
Groove With You - Lovell
Asking Eyes (Phil Asher’s West Ten Mix)- Da Lata
Your Love Is All I Need - Alton McClain
Disco Chick - Kiki Kyte
Running Away (DOS 7” Dub) - Simpson Uniquity
It's A Beautiful Day - Fe Fae
Sing A Message - Pockets
All I Need Is You (5am Jazzy Jam Rework) - Tom Glide
I Need Your Love (Drizabone Remix) - Sargent Tucker feat. Drizabone
I Can't Forget About You - Mather
Nothing But Love - HD Laura Jackson
Can We Just Get Along? - Kashif
Emotion (Reel People Vocal Mix)- Tracy Hamlin
I Found Love - Mather & Kingdon
Now - Camera Soul
Take U Back (DJ Mix) - Joyce Irby
Wish You Mine (Ed The Red's Funk Soul Mix) - Ed The Red
All My Love - Keith Patrick
Early Morning Love - Jean Carne
It's Your Love - Ethel Beatty
Makeusmile (Tom Glide Rework)- Kenya
Words - Ashley Scott
Why Can't We Be Lovers - Brandy Wells
I Want You - Rose Royce
Heading Home - Kenny Wellington

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hannah White Christmas

Every year peeps moan that there are no new Christmas songs composed, so this year at DSG we have released  three new Christmas songs that feature Hannah White. 
London based Hannah White is a singer/songwriter in her own unique jazzy style with a Soulful touch - White began her singing career touring in a Girlband and as a backing vocalist that were signed to Motown records after graduating from Drama School.

White has worked with many influential artists, such as Kenney Jones (Small Faces), Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger & Ringo Starr. Whilst on tour Hannah started writing her own music for her forthcoming album, White is presently working as a recording artist/session singer/songwriter in all genres of music, but more recently with UK Soul Singer Kenny Thomas who is always in demand for his live shows. White has recorded with Soul Music legends Little Anthony & George Benson as part of the DSG Family, Mather of Mather & Kingdon & Marc Staggers. 

Master producer Nigel Lowis is currently co-writing and producing her forthcoming album due for release on DSG. Hannah’s first release ‘Sunny Day’ went to number one on many Soul charts after her live appearance at the Sold Out Caister Soul Festival. Sunny Day can also be found on Expansion records compilation, Soul Togetherness 2016. 

‘That’s Love’ White's second single was performed for the first time at the sold out, Camp Soul Music festival in Oxford, the song reached the UK Soul chart top 20 & #4 in the Sweet Rhythms Chart, as well as a #2 position in the Amazon R&B Chart. Hannah White's album ‘Lost in Reverie’ is due to launch in Spring 2017, her style is a mix of jazz/soul with a world inspired music with a hint of Vintage Hollywood & always a glass of Champagne on the side, as they say when in Roma!
(Hit making producer Nigel Lowis with Songstress Hannah White writing, Santa Bring My Baby)

Why is Christmas special to you ?
(HW) I love Christmas because everybody is happy, people come together and there is love in the air. It is a very special time of year that you don’t just get at any other month or season.
Do you have any Brother & Sisters i have an older sister called Shelley.
(HW) Memories of Past Christmas's as a Kid Christmas’ have always been a family orientated one for me. Just spending time together and having fun, eating and drinking. One year we went to Las Vegas for Christmas, another we went to Australia….but nothing beats a cold wintery UK Xmas.
Favorite X Mas Gift
(HW) As a kid I always had great Christmas gifts, I was very lucky indeed. in 1988 I got a pink Peugeot racer bike (That i rode about three times then never touched again, that my dad always reminds me of)
Favorite X Mas Music
(HW) Andy Williams is always on repeat at Xmas. And Donny Hathaway ‘This Christmas’ makes me so happy.
When did you open (time) your presents as a kid ?
(H W) Early! It is the one day a year i would be good at waking up as early as possible.
Perfect Christmas ?
(HW) Is being with the ones you love and feeling content.
Did your parents or & Santa buy you the presents ?
(HW) Always Santa!
Any other Christmas thoughts ?
(HW) Christmas, although one of my favourite times of year, for some it can be a very sad or lonely time. The year i will make a conscious effort to reach out to others who may not be as fortunate or have a family around them. We all get so swept up on rushing about preparing and lose sight of the actual meaning of it all.

 Santa & The sweet rhythms Band - Christmas Cheer (North Pole mix)
all money raised going to Macmillian Cancer Support. This new re-grooved 
version features not only, Leanne McCrei, Roger Samuels, Jimmy Gallagher, 
but now Hannah White. Big thanks to Gary Spence, Tony Monson & 
The Solar 
Radio DJ's for contributing to the North Pole Panto Mix.    

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Clif Payne Freda Payne number One hit

Producer Preston Glass unites the Paynes together for a timeless ballad, which has now been remixed by Nigel Lowis as a ballad called downtempo mix (DOWNtown mix) or Uptempo in a UPtown mix, which has just released on DSG. You can feel the Soulfulness in the vocals which cut through Lowis's phillyesque remix production. People have already been comparing the cut to Patti & Michael's' On My Own',  Peaches & Herb' Reunited'.  If there such a thing these days as The Last Dance, we would hear songs like this more often.

The song has just reached #1 on the Sweet Rhythms chart & is the highest new entry in the UK soul chart. The song was written by Larry Batiste, Preston Glass & Clif Payne.

Harlem-born singer Clif Payne was first Discovered by Bobby McFerrin, is a 3-time Star Search winner who has opened for Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lakeside. Clif hails from a family of musicians and singers. His father was a reedsman who gigged with Lionel Hampton. His mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat "King" Cole in a vocal ensemble. Skilled at reading music, arranging and improvisation, Clif's voice has been featured on numerous albums and commercials. Several years of living in LA enabled Clif to sing with incredible musicians and share the stage with jazz diva Dianne Reeves, Lionel Richie and The Commodores, Tony Toni Tone, and Sheila E. Clif has sung with American Idol judge & vocal coach Peggy Blu, Four Play drummer Harvey Mason, Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin), Lenny Williams, jazz fusionists Hiroshima, former Chicago vocalist Bill Champlin and legendary R&B band, Tower of Power. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer requested Clif to sing "When A Man Loves A Woman" at her wedding reception.

As a voice teacher, has studied with legendary LA vocal coach Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder) associates, Chip Hand and Roger Burnley. Clif's strength as a teacher is rooted in his musical diversity, experience, patience, encouragement and passion for sharing what he has learned in performance and study to his students. Clif's motto: "Sing not just to be heard--but also to be heartfelt and believed!"

What you said:
* R & B of the highest level on this record of Clif Payne will surprise you."
* "Clif Payne is a lush tenor with soaring melismas in his individual passages."
Don Heckman, LA Times
*Clif has opened for Johnny Mathis, Lenny Williams, Tony Bennett and Dionne Warwick
* "A great singer that reminds me of Kenny Lattimore."
Freda Payne (Jazz/R&B vocalist "Band of Gold
The best soul ballad I've heard in 2016 . It sounds timeless and the song exudes in quality, with its infectious melody . The vocals are so lucid and their voices intergrate effortlessly . I love this song ! Perfect end, to a brilliant year of new soul . John Leech BBC 
A soul Master piece My Record of the week Forever haha It Gives me goose bumps Gary Spence the man With The Sweet from Solar Radio.
It's hard to believe that such a beautiful record could be made in 2016.
Ian Levine
My Song Of The Month - Michael K Amil -Teerex Radio
I LOVE IT - Tony Monson
My Favorite Song Of The Year - Shaun Louis
Just Beautiful - John Osborne Jazz FM /Solar Radio
“instant classic” Chris Rizik - Soul Tracks
With just a little luck this could be a surprise Christmas hit! William Buckley 
Paul Miller BBC- My E Mail server exploded by the public response to Clif Payne & Freda Payne
Love It - Ralph Tee - Expansion Records

Freda Payne is a worldwide household name who first record release was in 1962, Payne was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up listening to different jazz singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Though best known for her 1970 R&B/Soul crossover smash hit “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne has always first and foremost been a jazz singer, dating back to The Jimmy Wilkins Big Band at age 14. Payne performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem alongside Billy Eckstine backed by Quincy Jones and His Orchestra, comedian Redd Foxx and the dance team Coles & Atkins. She also graced the stage with Duke Ellington for two nights in Pittsburgh, after which he composed “Blue Piano” just for her.. In 1969, her old friends back home in Detroit, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Edward Holland, Jr., persuaded her to sign with their newly formed record label Invictus. During that same year, her first Invictus single, "Unhooked Generation and became her first American R&B hit. The hits followed, UK #1, "Band of Gold", US #3 "Deeper & Deeper", "Bring the Boys Home",
In 1973, she left Invictus recorded a duet "I Wanna See You Soon" with Capitol stablemates Tavares, which was a radio airplay hit in the UK in 1977. in 1982, she recorded a single entitled "In Motion" for the Sutra label in New York that was arranged by Leon Sylvers, produced by Edmund Sylvers. Freda Payne has recently toured the UK as part of the late David Guest Soul legends live shows.

D O W N L O A D  I T  H E R E 

As compiled by Tony Monson for Solar Radio- See the chart in Echoes Magazine.

There will be a forthcoming album called, The Soul City People to be released next year on CD, which this will also be included , along with some other great artists.  #TSCP 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Soul Togetherness 2016

Expansion's most successful and longest running compilation series returns with a 2016 edition. This is in the label's 30th anniversary year, 'Soul Togetherness' is an annual event since 2000.

The concept remains the same, fifteen must have modern soul room gems taken from some of this year's biggest dancefloor spins and revival tracks on the soul scene.

2016 has seen disco soul beats more prominent, reflected here by the music of Dutch Djs Diephuis Eastar feat. Jocelyn Brown, the Earth Wind & Fire inspired Los Charlys Orchestra Sunshine, the DSG Salsoul dance grooves of a Nigel Lowis produced mix of Hannah White's #1 Soul Hit ''Sunny Day'' presented here with the remix that was specially created for, The Caister Soul Festival weekender, where Hannah White sang the anthem live to a packed house.

 As usual there are exclusives here to the CD and vinyl in new music, this year from Farina Miss, Tracy Hamlin (Boogie Back Remix), Seest and Trina Broussard. With revival tracks, the full length version of Breakwater's 'No Limit' (posted above) which is officially released for the very first time in it's full length 12 inch version(which Ralph Tee only just discovered and he worked for Artista records back in the day), there's a Puff Johnbson track released on this compilation the first side out of Australia, then there's the year's biggest 'real soul' spin from Big Lee Dowel & The Cannonballs that first surfaced in Italy and has been flying out on a limited 7 inch for big dollars. 

 Also featured on this great new album is another of the year's biggest new modern soul music floorfillers, 'I Got To Party' by SouLutions, who Gary Van den Bussche first discovered a couple of years ago and persuaded Drizabone to remix their demo of ''Listen'', which was DSG's first release. The extended original mix of Nicolette Larson's revival of Neil Youngs cover of 'Lotta Love', plus an exclusive edit of 1983's 'You And I' by Ronnie Jones released on CD and vinyl for the first time. 

Well done Ralph Tee and Richard Searling on your 30 years of Expansion records, keep on doing what your doing as you do it just so well.  

Order Soul Togetherness 2016 here!  

Mike Maurro new Peak Hour mixes

Mike Maurro is one of the finest remix producers to surface from America, he is up there with the tops. In the beginning we used to get treated to a Mike Maurro mix that surfaced occasionally on Soundcloud for a short time.

Among the early supporters was Ian Dewhirst who followed his progress and eventually did a deal with Mike to released his album through the BBC's label Harmless which is also part of the demon group. The The Mike Maurro Peak Hour Remixes reached #1 on the Amazon chart and even charted nationally in the UK album chart.

Mike is recreating the magic from the multi tracks and striking gold with everyone, making Mike one of the 20th century most exciting remix producers.

For his latest Peak Hour mixes they are numbered 3 and 4 to continue where the album left us (wanting more), but this time they are released on a limited edition run of 12 inch singles.

Released on BROOKSIDE 14th October 2016 on 12 inch vinyl only

Listen or Pre-Order Mikes Jones Girls mixes here (vol 4)

Listen or Pre-Order George Duke / Jackie Moore here (Vol 3)

Friday, 9 September 2016

George Benson Little Anthony Electric Together

Soul / R&B Star Little Anthony and Jazz -Soul Grammy award winning Superstar George Benson penned “Electric Together” with hit maker and successful producer Preston Glass. They recorded the tune at Private Island Audio in Los Angeles, CA where both Little Anthony and George Benson sang lead vocals while incorporating a “classic George Benson” guitar solo.

Anthony Gourdine, better known to the world as Little Anthony, is quite simply a musical legend. His early R&B standards paved the way for the development of soul music, with songs like ‘Going Out Of My Head’, ‘Hurt So Bad’, and ‘Tears on my Pillow’ standing the test of time. With nearly six decades in the music business, Little Anthony is still going strong: performing with his group The Imperials, alongside co-founder Ernest Wright, and due to be performing in the UK next year at the Blackpool International Soul Festival, Anthony is also busy penning his autobiography.
                                 GEORGE BENSON IS A TEN TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER
Most impressively, Little Anthony has lost none of his legendary falsetto voice. Similarly, Jazz guitarist turned R&B/soul/pop icon George Benson also shows no sign of slowing down. He continues to perform dates around the world, to one-nighters to dates at prestigious Jazz festivals; in 2013 he put out a brilliant new album in tribute to the late Nat ‘King’ Cole. And now these two icons of popular music have teamed up with producer Preston Glass, famous for his work with Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole among others, to produce an up-tempo duet in ‘Electric Together’. Nigel Lowis has produced, remixed, written & done some legendary work with likes of Dina Carroll, Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Ola Onabule, Luther Vandross & Marc Staggers. His work has recently topped many Soul charts on his co-owned DSG record label. Lowis's dream was to work with George Benson, so DSG partner Gary Van Den Busche contacted Preston Glass who had just written and produced, "Electric Together" and was excited when he heard Nigel Lowis wanted to remix the song.
                       (Electric Together Little Anthony, Preston Glass & George Benson)

The song itself is pretty catchy, with an infectious lyric that will have you singing after hearing it just once. It’s a classic Preston Glass production, with Lowis providing a groove for the vocalists to do their thing. Both are in fine voice, and its delightful to hear them both recording together. How Little Anthony, in his seventies, continues to sing so high is truly one of the wonders of the modern world. Benson is also given room by Preston to perform one of his guitar solos, reminiscent of his 70s & 80s hit recordings. This is the first single from a newly created album due on DSG called Soul City People with various artists that we love & respect with Nigel Lowis writing and producing for it as we speak. 
Electric Together ? Not Arf!!" 


                                                           (Little Anthony Live in the UK)

              SoulJazzandFunk review  

Little Anthony & George Benson -Electric Together (Nigel Lowis mixes) OUT NOW ON iTunes