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COOLY'S HOT BOX - DON'T BE AFRAID, GET ON

The first new music in three years from New York jazz-funk-soul COOLY'S HOT BOX has been attracting superlatives from tastemaker DJs and reviewers alike.

From their outstanding new second album DON'T BE AFRAID, GET ON, Straight No Chaser wrote of the opening cut Don't Be Afraid: ‘One of the finest soul club records of recent years. It pits Angela Johnson's faultless vocals against a fusion of broken beats, funky keys and strings galore. What a tune!'

The 11-track album, featuring a mix of lead vocals from Angela and the band's drummer and founder Christian Urich, can only enhance the rapidly growing reputation of CHB as being among the finest exponents of jazzy, funky music anywhere in the world.

The band came together in the early Nineties when Angela and Christian were fellow students of studio composition at music college in upstate New York . After numerous vinyl releases through UK label Sole and Giant Step, guest performances with Roger Sanchez, seeing ‘Don't Turn My Love Around' featured on a London Records compilation (and later sampled by Armand Van Helden on his ‘Funk Phenomena' single), it was not until 2001 that the first full length Coolys Hot Box album TAKE IT was released, by Dome in the UK and Europe and by Higher Octave in the US.

The band toured extensively in the US and has also made several visits to the UK for live shows, including sold-out dates at London 's Jazz Café. As well as working closely on a number of projects with DJ Spinna, both Angela and Christian have developed other individual projects away from CHB.

Angela released her own solo album on Dome , with a second scheduled for 2005, and has also toured with her own band in the US , Japan and UK ; Christian has recorded an album and toured with his ‘other' band Tortured Soul.

DON'T BE AFRAID, GET ON sees almost all the songs written by a combination of Angela and Christian, with fellow band member Justin Wallace co-writing two cuts. The songs range from the disco-flavoured Touch My Body and the strutting funk of Lose Your Friends to the yearning, down-tempo Wait 4 U and the Seventies blaxploitation feel of Don't Be Afraid.

A UK reviewer sums up their appeal when he says the album is ‘destined to keep them in favour with lovers of real music by real bands'.

 

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DON'T BE AFRAID
ARE WE LOVERS ANYMORE?
AFTER LIFE


AVANI - THE REAL THING

‘What a voice! The most exciting new UK talent since Amy Winehouse' - Mica Paris .

‘Dome's freshest nu school signing since Beverley Knight – as the album title says, she is The Real Thing' - Blues & Soul

‘Classy and chilled R&B that glows with the phenomenal vocals of this super-talented miss' - New Nation

‘With a unique voice, and fiery spirit to match, Avani is destined to make waves' - Rahsaan Patterson

Just a few of the ringing endorsements of 24-year-old South London vocalist AVANI, who makes her debut on Dome with THE REAL THING. Produced by newcomer Shaun Stanley, with two cuts produced by Don E, the album features 12 Avani compositions and a remake of the Eighties Loose Ends US No 1 WATCHING YOU, with the guest vocals of RAHSAAN PATTERSON and Loose Ends' own CARL McINTOSH.

AVANI first began singing in her teens with a local South London band, but after a couple of years the band broke up. During the band's short career one of the people who had seen them and been impressed by her vocal ability and stage presence was legendary UK manager Tony Hall.

Tony's track record in introducing new UK urban music stars is second to none – in the Seventies he guided the career of the Real Thing, in the Eighties he managed Loose Ends, and in the Nineties he handled the career of Lynden David Hall

When Avani, now 24, walked back into Tony's office and played him some of her newly written solo material, he was convinced he had found one more extraordinary new artist to add to the UK urban roll of honour.

Her voice is unlike any other vocalist around, whether from the UK or US. She has the sheer vocal power to attack a song like “Don't U Worry” – the opening track of her debut Dome album – then conjures up a totally different, subtle mood on the intimate soulful ballad “Best Friend's Lover”, with its tale of a love triangle.

When Tony, together with co-manager Paul Johnson – once a Sony-signed soul singer himself, and more recently the manager of Shaun Escoffery - brought Avani's music to us at Dome, it took barely one play of the demo versions of these two songs for us to agree to sign her. 

Several times in the past year, as a break from working in the studio on her own album, Avani has appeared on stage with Carl McIntosh at Loose Ends revival shows, singing the songs made famous by original vocalist Jane Eugene. Says Avani: “I love all those songs anyway – and it's been a real thrill working on stage with Carl. And now, to have him singing on my album, it's incredible.”

Rahsaan became an instant admirer of Avani's when he heard her sing, and since he has always been a huge Loose Ends fan, he could not resist duetting on WATCHING YOU with her and Carl .

 

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DON'T U WORRY
THE WAITING'S OVER
WATCHING YOU
BEST FRIEND'S LOVER


ROSIE FINDS 'FREEDOM' ON DOME

'Been there (with Prince).done that (with Motown)
Now Rosie Gaines is back.and how!
..A SOUL MASTERPIECE!' - Terry Jones, Urban Essentials

Rosie Gaines resumes her recording career with a new self-produced collection 'You Gave Me Freedom'.

It's her first major album since her Motown 'Closer Than Close' release - the album which led to her 250,000-selling remix single of the title track in 1998. 'Freedom' is a 14-song set written, arranged, performed and produced by Rosie.

The California-based vocalist and keyboard player, who established herself as a key member of Prince's New Power Generation with her powerful vocals on such songs as 'Diamonds and Pearls' and 'Nothing Compares 2 U', has been writing constantly over the past five years. She has written a Grammy Award-winning song for Patti Labelle and has also written material for Mavis Staples.

She was featured as a guest with Snoop Dogg on the 2002 Bootsy Collins album 'Play With Bootsy', and several of the tracks on the new album have a definite P-funk influence.

In recent months the opening cut from the album, 'I Can't Get You Off My Mind', has become a firm favourite of UK soul DJs following its inclusion on the Hidden Beach compilation 'Hidden Hits'.

The album, which is licensed to Dome via Rosie's own production company Dredlix Music, is attracting airplay on a number of cuts, including the exquisitely soulful 'Honeychild' and the steamy sexuality of 'Wanna Be'. Also featured is Rosie's own take on 'My Man', the classic song long associated with Billie Holiday.

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ROSIE GAINES - YOU GAVE ME FREEDOM 
 
DOME CD 48
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Also available (click link to order):
ROSIE GAINES -  I CAN'T GET YOU OFF MY MIND(Long version)/GET INTO THIS GROOVE
12 Dome 187 £3.99

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WANNA BE
IN SPIRIT
HONEYCHILD
GET INTO THIS GROOVE


PARA:DISO

Para:Diso is a side project for Jean Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick of Incognito.
The Para:Diso CD ‘Paradise II Paranoia’ was originally issued in Japan, and gets its first release in the UK and Europe on Dome on February 9.

Although Daniel Maunick aka DJ Venom and his father have worked together before on productions for artists such as Soul Bossa, Faithless, Maxi Priest and Azymuth, this is the first time they have stepped out on their own with an album aimed at clubbers (more).

The album – already being featured heavily on Jazz FM’s Late Lounge show - draws from a wealth of influences. With guest vocals from Valerie Etienne, Niki King and Tommy Blaize, one of the key vocal tracks is the gentle groove of ‘RIGHT IS RIGHT’, vocalled and co-written by Niki King with Bluey and Daniel.

Niki was winner of the Perrier Young Jazz Vocalist 2001 award, and has performed in the past at the Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts Club and the Glastonbury and T In The Park festivals.

Scheduled for release as a 12inch with remixes is ‘Waiting 4 The Sun 2 Shine’ featuring the delicious Valerie Etienne on vocals.

Bluey is currently finishing up work on a new Incognito album for release in 2004, which will mark the band’s 25th anniversary.

PARA:DISO PARADISE II PARANOIA (Dome CD 47)
Release: January 26, 2004 Order now

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WAITING 4 THE SUN TO SHINE
RIGHT IS RIGHT
SNOWBLIND

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WELCOME TO TASHA’S WORLD

‘A neo-soul fan’s dream, the Jill-meets-Erykah-ish vocals flowing sweetly over a stunning set of tracks she cut in London’ - Echoes

Tasha’s World is the intriguing name of a talented new neo-soul artist from Rotterdam who has taken the urban scene by storm in Japan, and has already performed more than 50 live dates with her band in her native Holland.

Her big break came when she was invited to London by Erykah Badu's manager. Soon after that, she performed at the Jill Scott official after party at the Paradiso in Amsterdam last year and Jill herself stood and applauded, amazed that Tasha was unsigned. She went on to make TV appearances on MTV Europe’s Drum Rhythm Special and MTV’s Lowlands Special. In January 2003 she made her UK debut with her 10-piece band to a sell-out crowd at London’s Jazz Café.

Echoes magazine voted the Tasha’s World album as one of its Top 25 albums of 2002 and also chose “Stalker” – one of the album highlights – as one of its Top 5 Tracks of the Year. The album featured as a Japanese import in the Blues & Soul Hip List.

The album – entirely written or co-written by Natascha Slagtand, the focal point of Tasha’s World - was recorded in London and includes two tracks produced by Full Crew’s Michael Daley, one of which, “So..Ho” has already been played heavily on London’s Choice FM. Another cut, “Nothing Really Matters”, made waves in the UK and Europe in late 2002 when it was featured as the lead cut on an Urbanstar 12inch vinyl.

“I was always telling people I would make it, but Holland is very small as far as the music business is concerned,” says Tasha. “They wanted me to sound like someone else, but when I came to London to write and record I met music people who would let me be myself.”

Now in her mid-twenties, Natascha was born into a musical family, with a father who played bass guitar. She decided to pursue music full-time when she turned 20. In 2001 she toured Holland and Germany supporting Ruff Endz, and she started touring with her own band as Tasha’s World early in 2002. Since then she has appeared regularly on Dutch television.

Live dates further afield in the UK, Scandinavia and France are planned in the wake of the album release, as well as a headline date at Amsterdam’s Paradiso and an appearance at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague.

See Tasha's World online at www.tashasworld.com

TASHA’S WORLD DOME CD 43
Release June 23 £12.99
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TASHA’S WORLD
NOTHING REALLY MATTERS
BLACK PANTHER
BREAKFAST LONDON STYLE


NEW DOME SINGLES FROM VICKI AND CE CE


Young Dome newcomer VICKI YOUNG follows her debut as one of the stars of this year’s Blues & Soul Urban club tour – headliners included Lisa Maffia and Shola Ama – by releasing her first single for the label, a hooky piece of pop-R&B titled
‘ NOW THAT WE’RE TOGETHER’.

The single, which also features a strong remix from Stretch Taylor and Don ‘V’ Louie, was written by Vicki, as was the bonus cut ‘TRYNA TELL YA’. Vicki is a young lady from whom much more will be heard. The single is CD/12 Dome 173, released June 9.

A name we haven’t heard from in a long while is US garage star CE CE PENISTON, who guests on the FULL FLAVA album ‘COLOUR OF MY SOUL’
And now one of the cuts,’ FOR MY BABY’, has been given the treatment for the dance floor, with stand-out house mixes from RUFF’N’TUMBLE and Midlands team KC and T.

Ce Ce, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, these days, met up with the Full Flava guys on a UK visit in 2002, and wanted to be part of their new album (Dome CD 37). The new single is already picking up major club and radio play.

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VICKI YOUNG - NOW THAT WE'RE TOGETHER
CD DOME 173 £3.99
12 DOME 173 £3.99

FULL FLAVA feat CE CE PENISTON - FOR MY BABY
12 DOME 179 £3.99
CD DOME 179 £3.79


A SECOND HELPING FROM THE SOUTHERN SOUL CELLAR

Compiled by radio presenter and soul music authority Peter Young – who has presented his Soul Cellar radio shows for 20 years on Capital Radio, BBC London and currently Jazz FM – the mid- price 2-CD set Southern Soul Cellar 2 features 32 tracks by artists who define the term “Southern soul”.

Legendary names like Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland, Eddie Floyd and Lou Rawls are joined by long-standing female stars of the genre such as Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle and Dorothy Moore.

All tracks come from the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco label, and among the highlights are:
• an early version of “The Only Way Is Up” by Latimore which is very different in style from the later up-tempo treatment which gave Yazz a No 1 UK hit
• “Come To Bed” by Denise LaSalle, a big UK favourite in the Eighties
• Shirley Brown’s steamy “I Caught You With Your Pants Down”
• a very early Southern soul track by Haran Griffin intriguingly titled “Looking For My Pig”, which has a hint of “Walking The Dog” about it
• several fine performances from Bobby Bland, including an outstanding rendering of the Billie Holiday classic “God Bless The Child”
• no fewer than five great tracks from the late Johnnie Taylor, including “I Know It’s Wrong But I Just Can’t Do Right”

Full track listing:

CD 1
Poor Boy Blue - Johnnie Taylor
When We Touch - Floyd Taylor
If I Were Your Woman - Shirley Brown
Givin' It Up For Your Love - Z.Z. Hill
Love And Happiness - Denise LaSalle
Amen - Lou Rawls
This Is Your Night – Johnnie Taylor
Cheatin' In The Next Room - Latimore
Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time - Bobby 'Blue' Bland'
I Know It's Wrong, But I Just Can't Do Right - Johnnie Taylor
Let Your Love Rain Down On Me - Jewell Bass
I'm So Glad - Mel Waiters
You Hit The Nail On The Head - Mosley And Johnson
Down Home Blues - Z.Z. Hill
Take Off Your Shoes - Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Kiss And Tell - Stan Mosley

CD 2
The Only Way Is Up - Latimore
I Wish I Could Be Your Lover - Little Milton
Can I Love You - Johnnie Taylor
I'm In Love With The Girl Next Door - Floyd Taylor
You Can’t Find Love – Betty and Charles
We Should Really Be In Love - Dorothy Moore / Eddie Floyd
I Can't Go Wrong - Eddie Houston
Please Don't Let Our Good Thing End - Z.Z. Hill
Looking For My Pig - Haran Griffin
Here's Your Mop Mr. Johnson - Keri Leigh
It's Been So Long - Little Milton
I’m A Blues Man - Z.Z. Hill
Drown In My Own Tears - Johnnie Taylor
God Bless The Child - Bobby 'Blue' Bland
I Caught You With Your Pants Down - Shirley Brown
Come To Bed - Denise LaSalle

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I KNOW IT’S WRONG, BUT I JUST CAN’T DO RIGHT - JOHNNIE TAYLOR
COME TO BED - DENISE LASALLE
THE ONLY WAY IS UP - LATIMORE

 



FULL FLAVA WITH STAR-STUDDED SOULFUL NEW SET

Birmingham studio band FULL FLAVA return with a second Dome album featuring the cream of UK - and US - female guest vocalists. 'One of the best British soul albums you'll hear this year' says Blues & Soul.

Ex- Young Disciples and Brand New Heavies vocalist Carleen Anderson contributes vocals on two songs, including the soulful first single "Stories" (CD/12 Dome 174), already a Blues & Soul Single of the Week.

After a lengthy absence Ce Ce Peniston is back, guesting on two tracks, including "I Think About Him", which she co-wrote with the Full Flava team during a recent UK visit.

UK guests include Romina Johnson, Alison Limerick and Hazel Fernandes, as well as Dome artists Donna Gardier and Beverlei Brown, whose "Love Holds No Limit" is one of the album highlights. Former Affair vocalist Hazel's take on the Nat King Cole/George Benson classic "Nature Boy" is also a delight.

The only new name is 25-year-old Birmingham vocalist Donna Odain, who sings and also co-wrote the Eighties-flavoured "Make It Right", attracting a lot of praise from the likes of legendary DJ Dr Bob Jones.

There are plans for Full Flava - writer-producers Rob Derbyshire and Paul 'Solomon' Mullings, and background vocalist Tee - to undertake some live showcase dates, featuring several of the stellar vocal line-up.

What the UK media say about 'Colour Of My Soul'

'Scintillating second album from the UK's premiere R&B production team…there's nothing remotely retro about the overall feel of this album, which marries memorable, well crafted tunes with flawless production…
Excellent' - Mojo

'Full Flava does just what it says on the tin - a sublime blend of ultra-soulful funky tastes with top quality 2003 tunes' - Richard Searling, Jazz FM

'Another top offering from the Full Flava gang and Dome. Great songs, intoxicating rhythms and instantly recognisable vocals - except maybe one, Donna Odain on 'Make It Right', which may be the best cut of all….essential purchase.' - Urban Essentials

'Warning! The line-up on this album is seriously impressive! The Full Flava boys have crafted another album showcasing the best in soulful female vocalists…Perfect!' - M2F

'Carleen gives what just might be her best vocal performance to date…You should start queuing outside your local store right now' - B&S

'Birmingham's Full Flava deliver an absolute corker of an album that represents the pinnacle of their musical achievements so far….a superlative modern soul album packed with strong material, sympathetic production and a raft of accomplished performances….Undoubtedly one of the best British soul albums you'll hear this year. Exceptional.' - B&S



FULL FLAVA - COLOUR OF MY SOUL (Dome CD 37) Order now
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STORIES feat Carleen Anderson (12 Dome 174/CD Dome 174)
Released March 31, 2003

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STORIES feat Carleen Anderson
LOVE HOLDS NO LIMIT feat Beverlei Brown
MAKE IT RIGHT feat Donna Odain
NATURE BOY feat Hazel Fernandes

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INCOGNITO RETURN WITH STUNNING NEW ALBUM

When Incognito made their first recordings in 1979 Jean-Paul Maunick - known to one and all as Bluey - remembers sitting next to the mix engineer getting high on the music and thinking to himself "I hope this will be a long lasting project that will take us places". Here they are in 2003 releasing their ninth studio album "Who Needs Love", and even having toured the world more than once over the years, Bluey feels like Incognito have only just begun.

Incognito's first break came in the Seventies when Britain's influential and pioneering DJ Chris Hill gave them a recording contract with his Ensign Label. Chris' understanding and love of soul and jazz music helped the band to create their own brand of UK funk & jazz. Without Chris Hill there would never have been an Incognito, so imagine Bluey's joy when Chris called him recently to tell him that he had listened to "Who Needs Love" and thought it was Incognito's best album to date. "His words made me feel that our faith in our music and our commitment to its ideals had paid off", says Bluey.

Featuring contributions from Brazilian musical genius Ed Motta and Britain's most enigmatic troubadour Paul Weller, "Who Needs Love" is a collection of passionately crafted songs and instrumentals. US featured vocalist Kelli Sae from New York is joined by Joy Rose, and former Incognito vocalist Joy Malcolm returns to the line-up.

This album is a musical journey that showcases the band's Seventies roots, documenting their steps along the way through the Eighties & Nineties. Most importantly it shows how refreshing their sound is in a sea of imitators in the year 2003.

In a world of manufactured bands and a commercially driven music industry where creativity and individuality are rare, Incognito continue to take their soulful blend of jazz and funk across the globe. The new album has already sold more than 25,000 copies in Japan, where the band toured for four weeks at the end of 2002.

Dome is proud to release "Who Needs Love" in the UK, following which the band return to the live scene on the home front with a run of six consecutive dates at London's Jazz Café from April 20-25.

WHO NEEDS LOVE
DOME CD 39
DOME LP 39 (2LP SET)

Release: March 17, 2003

Audio Samples

STONE COLD HEART
PEOPLE AT THE TOP
WHERE LOVE SHINES
CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD

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ANDREUS: THE SOUL TROUBADOUR

Andreus dreams of Mississippi. It's where his mother came from. Like so many others before her, she got on a train to Chicago in search of a better life, met someone and fell in love.

And now Andreus sings of a place where he feels he has roots, while working on his music in the Windy City. And with the release of his album 'Street Troubadour', his struggle of the past few years to get his music heard will at last be rewarded.

Born Deandrias Abdullah on the south side of Chicago, this young singer-songwriter-producer is ready to bring his soul music to the world. His mother was a musician and his father was a local Chicago sax player. So naturally enough Andreus grew up singing and playing piano, guitar and drums in church and performing regularly at talent shows and parties.

In the late Eighties he was into hip-hop. For a while he might have been an MC. Then he found out he could sing and he's spent most of the years since then in some studio or other working and honing his ambition and talent into a distinctive, evocative style of his own.

"In the beginning I would make beats on guitar and bass and then borrow someone's drum machine. Rapping taught me how to formulate songs with vivid images and that really helped my songwriting.

"My album tells the story of how a kid like me grew up around Chicago, the struggles I had every day, from a child to a man. It's soul music but through a hip-hop mirror. It's important I tell that story. See, rapping was about expressing yourself, communicating your thoughts on life, and that's just how soul music's gonna be."

Marvin Gaye, Santana, Roy Ayers and Rakim have all provided inspiration, and Andreus incorporates these diverse influences in his Latin-flavoured soul music. But his biggest influences - who he refers to as his "musical father figures" - are Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley.

"It's not that I want to sing or sound like either of them. It's kind of like I'm taking the torch and keeping it moving. That's why a lot of the songs I write are about real experiences. Street stuff."

And yet despite the gritty lyrical themes, his music is full of beautifully crafted melodies and harmonies. 'Mississippi', where it all started, is a mellow slice of laid-back mid-tempo soul, as is "Mary Ann".

But he isn't afraid to spring surprises, like the rock guitar on 'Daddy Please', the reggae-flavoured "Sweet Land" and the use of strings on "Hustla's Theme" and "Get Somethin'".

Spirituality plays a large role in Andreus' music. "I look at music as something that can move the mind, the body and the soul. My voice is just an instrument but the soul is coming from a higher power.

"Now is a good time for artists like me. Thanks to people like Maxwell and D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, the doors that were once closed to a soul artist are now open. I have a feeling this thing can work".

ANDREUS - STREET TROUBADOUR Dome CD 36
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Visit Andreus at www.andreusmusic.com

Release: October 14, 2002

ANDREUS - MISSISSIPPI 12 Dome 169
A) MISSISSIPPI
B1) MISSISSIPPI (Cool Breeze Mix)
B2) MISSISSIPPI (Juke Joint Mix)

Release: September 30, 2002

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MISSISSIPPI
HUSTLA'S THEME
HEY YOUNG WORLD



DONNA AT 'HOME' ON DOME

Donna Gardier, one of the UK's most soulful voices, makes a welcome return to recording with her new solo album "Home".

Co-written and produced by Urban Species member Lennox Cameron, the album is her first solo outing since the early Nineties when she recorded the highly acclaimed "Reach Out" for Virgin with producers Tom Kane and Colin Baldry.

In the mid-Nineties she fronted UK band Raw Stylus, who recorded the classic singles "Pushing Against The Flow" and "Believe In Me", and toured extensively with them in Europe, the US and Japan.

Donna describes her style as "a strong gospel type of vocal" and her interest in gospel grew greatly following the break-up of Raw Stylus. In recent years she has sung with gospel choir Shekinah.

Her early musical influences are all strong-voiced US females - from the Jones Girls and Chaka Khan to Vesta Williams and Patti Labelle.

Of the brand new album, written and recorded in London over the past year, Donna says: "I enjoyed doing my first solo album, but the reason why I particularly like this new album is that it is true to me, coming from the heart, true to the person I am today. On my original solo record I didn't write any of the material, whereas on this album I have written all but one of the songs".

The exception is an intimate acoustic version of the Marvin Gaye favourite "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", produced by the Birmingham-based Full Flava team.

The songs on "Home" range from powerful up-tempo tracks like "Decisions", "I Am" and the title track to the softer "Real Thing" and the seductive neo soul of "Something Special" and "One And Only".

Donna, who has lived in London all her life, began singing in church at the age of five, but only broke into the music business by accident. "A friend of mine who was a professional singer had double-booked herself and asked me to cover for her," she recalls. She went to the session, for a band called Kid Can't Dance, and found herself asked to join the band, going on the road with them and singing on their album.

This was followed soon afterwards by the "Reach Out" solo album, which won her a lot of fans.

Her stint with Raw Stylus also began by complete chance. A friend was auditioning for the band and called Donna in the middle of the audition after telling the band 'I know who would be perfect for this'.


"I went along the next day and they chose me as the band's lead singer," says Donna. "The friend who recommended me became one of the backing singers."

The band was all about live work, touring almost non-stop, but when they started doing individual projects after the release of their album, it was only a matter of time before they split up permanently and Donna returned to a heavy schedule of session work.

When the opportunity came along to cut an album for Dome and resume her recording career as an artist in her own right, she jumped at the chance and immediately began working on material with Lennox.

"I feel that now is a good time for soul music generally and for soulful, personal songs - hopefully the public will like what I have to say".

DONNA GARDIER "HOME" Dome CD 35 Release Sept 30
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12 Dome 168
A1) DECISIONS
A2) SOMETHING SPECIAL
A3) YOU DON'T KNOW
B1) HOME
B2) HOME (Bishop Brad Remix)

Audio samples

HOME
SOMETHING SPECIAL
HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU)


BEVERLEI BROWN

2002 has seen the UK's fastest rising soul singer BEVERLEI BROWN make her live debut with two critically acclaimed dates at London's Jazz Cafe.

Beverlei's first interest in music came from her mother who sang in the local church gospel choir. As she was growing up in Birmingham, Beverlei couldn't wait to join the choir herself and eventually she became leader of her local choir, even getting the chance to sing a solo part with the US gospel act The Clarke Sisters.

"One day my music teacher told me that a local band were looking for some gospel type singers to help on a recording project, so my mum, sister a cousin and I went along to audition for the group, who turned out to be the Fine Young Cannibals.

"After they got their record deal they asked me if I would perform with them and, although I was only in my early teens I got taken around the world singing background vocals for them in Europe and America. It was a wonderful first experience as a professional singer."

After the tour and her school work finished Beverlei got a job as a receptionist in a lawyer's office, but only until the next touring opportunity came - providing vocal backing for Ruby Turner for more than two years.

Later touring work followed singing for Simply Red, Snap! and the Brand New Heavies, as well as Chaka Khan, one of Beverlei's favourite artists. "She gave me the most encouragement and confidence and told me to believe in myself - and you can't argue with Chaka Khan, can you?"

In 1996 Beverlei got her lucky break to begin work as a solo artist in her own right, recording with writer/producers Gary Benson and Livingston Brown. The resulting single "On and On" was a huge club hit in the UK and Beverlei completed an album to follow it.

Unfortunately the collapse of her then record label resulted in the album never being released, but after a couple of years of frustration Beverlei was approached by the UK R&B label Dome to resume her solo career with a new album deal.

Now moved to London, Beverlei worked on her album with a variety of UK producers, including her long-time producer associate Ronnie Knight, Full Crew's Michael Daley, Simon Payne and the Full Flava team of Rob Derbyshire and Paul 'Solomon' Mullings. In all she co-wrote six of the songs.

She also flew to New Jersey to record a duet with label mate Dennis Taylor, working with his production team of Fred McFarlane and Darryl James on "Could Be You", recently released as a single

Ronnie Knight has been working with Beverlei for more than two years, and among the tracks he contributed to her album is the co-written song "Part Time Lover", as well as "Unhappily Ever After"

Full Crew producer Michael Daley is part of the hottest production/remix team in the UK, whose recent work included R&B mixes on both the initial Craig David singles, work with and production of the album by Shaila Prospere. He has co-written two songs with Beverlei, including the club-friendly groove "Love You Yes". He also produced Beverlei's treatment of "Somebody Knows How You Feel", first recorded by Ivan Matias. Among the backing vocalists on this cut are Chris Ballin, Sean Cummings of Kreuz and Hazel Fernandes, former lead singer with UK group the Affair and one of Beverlei's closest friends.

Rob Derbyshire and Solomon Mullings first worked with Beverlei when she contributed guest vocals on "Unwrap", one of the tracks on their 1999 Full Flava album, and they were keen to contribute a track to her solo project. The song chosen is another club-friendly tune, "Gonna Get Over You", first recorded in the disco era by Canadian singer France Joli.

Producer Simon Payne has released albums himself in an acid jazz style in both the UK and US under the group name Spirit Level, and has worked closely with Hil St Soul engineer Roger Benou. He co-wrote "I've Had Enough" with Beverlei for her album.

Following a two-week promotional visit to Japan undertaken by Beverlei, her album became the hottest selling Japanese import CD at R&B/soul retailers in the UK.

NEXT TO YOU Dome CD 27
Dome LP 27 (2LP set)

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Gonna Get Over You (Full Flava Mix)
Love You Yes
Part Time Lover

Somebody Knows How You Feel

 


A TASTE OF SOUTHERN SOUL



Compiled by UK radio presenter and soul music authority Peter Young - who has presented his Soul Cellar radio shows for 20 years on Capital Radio, Jazz FM and BBC London - this specially price 2-CD set features 34 tracks by artists who define the term "Southern soul".

Legendary names like Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland, Bobby Womack, Tyrone Davis and Lou Rawls are joined by long-standing female stars of the genre such as Shirley Brown, Denise LaSalle and Dorothy Moore, whose "Misty Blue" and "I Believe You" were both UK pop hits in the Seventies.

All tracks come from the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco label, and rarities featured include "Mr And Mrs Untrue" by Mighty Sam, the Fiestas' "I'm Gonna Hurt Myself" and the original Dorothy Moore version of "Girl Overboard". One of the most stunning performances is Bobby Bland's eight-minute "Memphis Monday Morning".

A true feast of classic soul - more than 150 minutes of music on two CDs.

Full track listing:

CD 1

DOROTHY MOORE - GIRL OVERBOARD
JOHNNIE TAYLOR - LET'S GET BACK ON TRACK
SHIRLEY BROWN/BOBBY WOMACK - AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE LOVIN' WE GOT
BOBBY BLAND - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
LATIMORE - SUNSHINE LADY
LOU RAWLS - YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE
DENISE LASALLE - YOUR HUSBAND IS CHEATIN' ON US
Z.Z. HILL - CHEATIN' IN THE NEXT ROOM
Z.Z'S FRIENDS - DOWN HOME BLUES
MOSLEY AND JOHNSON - CALL ME
TYRONE DAVIS - HE'LL NEVER LOVE YOU
JOHNNIE TAYLOR - TOO LATE TO TRY TO DO RIGHT
SHIRLEY BROWN - STICKING BY MY MAN
LATIMORE - YOUR SWEETNESS IS MY WEAKNESS
MIGHTY SAM - MR AND MRS UNTRUE
LUTHER INGRAM - IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG
Z.Z. HILL - SOMEONE ELSE IS STEPPIN' IN
DOROTHY MOORE - I BELIEVE YOU

CD 2

SHIRLEY BROWN - YOU AIN'T WOMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE MY MAN
DOROTHY MOORE - YOU CAN'T BLAME LOVE
G.C. CAMERON - NIGHT LIKE THIS IN GEORGIA
BOBBY BLAND - MEMPHIS MONDAY MORNING
DENISE LASALLE AND LATIMORE - RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
LATIMORE - LAY ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE
LITTLE MILTON - CHEATIN' IS A RISKY BUSINESS
SHIRLEY BROWN - JOY AND PAIN
THE FIESTAS - I'M GONNA HATE MYSELF
BOBBY BLAND - I JUST TRIPPED ON A PIECE OF YOUR BROKEN
HEART
TYRONE DAVIS - CALL TYRONE
JOHNNIE TAYLOR - I FOUND A LOVE
DENISE LASALLE - WHEN WE'RE MAKING LOVE
GEORGE SOULE - TALKIN' 'BOUT LOVE
DOROTHY MOORE - MISTY BLUE
JOHNNIE TAYLOR - LAST TWO DOLLARS


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SINCLAIR WITH A STREET SOUL CLASSIC


"One of the best male vocal albums the UK has produced" wrote editor Chris Wells in Echoes magazine of the 1993 album by Dome's very first R&B signing Sinclair.

The album - a UK street soul classic - is now reissued with two added tracks "Sometimes" (previously unreleased) and "Stay With Me Tonight" plus a bonus CD of mixes by, among others, the Ethnic Boyz, Joey Negro, Ashley Beedle, US 3 and American mixer Ken Kessie, whose mix credits include many of the classic En Vogue hits.

Wherever you went in London in the summer of 1992 and 1993 you were bound to hear the voice of Sinclair and his street soul anthems "I Want You Back" and "Ain't No Casanova", and he went on to be voted Best Male Vocalist at the Black Music Awards.

A reviewer wrote following the Top 30 success of "Casanova": "Mike Sinclair surely nailed the sound of the summer - pure, infectious, a joy".

Steve Hobbs in Blues and Soul magazine described Sinclair's self-composed ballad 'It's Over' as "one of the best British soul records ever - it sounds like a Maurice White production on Billy Griffin".

That track and more than half the album is produced by Ashley Ingram, former Imagination bass player/vocalist, also responsible for production of much of Des'Ree's recorded work.

This specially priced 2-CD set is a throwback to the vibrant, joyful UK street soul scene in the early Nineties and also serves as a reminder of Sinclair's outstanding vocal talent.

CD 1

I WANT YOU BACK
AIN'T NO CASANOVA
NEVER GET ENOUGH
(I WANNA KNOW) WHY
HONEY LOVE
MISUNDERSTANDING
DON'T LIE
IT'S OVER
JUST ANOTHER FOOL
SOMETIMES
INNOCENT
ANOTHER GUY
STAY WITH ME TONIGHT

CD 2

AIN'T NO CASANOVA (US ENCORE MIX)
DON'T LIE (ETHNIC BOYZ OLD SKOOL MIX)
I WANT YOU BACK (G&Q REMIX)
HONEY LOVE (SUMMER GROOVE REMIX)
(I WANNA KNOW) WHY (SKA MIX)
AIN'T NO CASANOVA (G&Q GROOVE 95 REMIX)
DON'T LIE (KEN KESSIE REMIX)
I WANT YOU BACK (12" REMIX)
I WANNA KNOW) WHY (US 3 VIBE-RATER MIX)
HONEY LOVE (DELTA HOUSE OF FUNK - ASHLEY BEEDLE MIX)
DON'T LIE (JOEY NEGRO DAYBREAK MIX)

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I want you back
It's Over
Stay with Me Tonight


ANGELA STEPS OUT ON SOLO DEBUT

After several years as lead singer with New York band Cooly's Hot Box, ANGELA JOHNSON gets to step centre stage and release her solo album "They Don't Know".

A classically trained violinist and fine keyboard player, Angela has also written, arranged and produced the entire album with the exception of three cuts, one of which, "Money Don't Grow On Trees", is produced by close musical associate DJ Spinna.

Angela's musical career began at the State University of New York, where she studied as a violin major. It was there that four music students formed a band which evolved into Cooly's Hot Box.

After years of touring with such acts as BB King, the Neville Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and India Arie, Angela is ready to make her debut as a solo artist, although she stresses that she has no plans to leave the Cooly's line-up on a permanent basis.

"This just gives me a chance to express myself through my songs, which have a somewhat different flavour than most of the Coolys material," she says.

"People like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott are very important to female musicians because they have proved we can do it as well as the men. When people hear the album I hope people will see I have other talents besides my voice. I hope some other female artists will take heart from it, too."

ANGELA JOHNSON - THEY DON'T KNOW DOME CD 32

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Release: April 22, 2002

Newly released on CD single from Angela is 'I Still Care', the much-requested cut from her album.
CD Dome 167


D-INFLUENCE PRESENTS D-VAS

D-Influence, one of the UK's most consistent recording and production teams since their emergence in the early Nineties, return in 2002 with an exceptionally strong album titled 'D-Vas', for release on Dome in March.

It features vocal performances from no fewer than 11 female vocalists - ranging from well known names like Shola Ama, Ultra Nate, Romina Johnson, Dee C Lee and long-time D-Influence vocalist Sarah Anne Webb, to newcomers like Dyanna Fearon and Belle Montenegro.

The album covers a wide range of soulful styles, and highlights include the lead singles "Show Me Love" - fronted by Sarah Anne Webb - and Shola Ama's "This I Promise You", as well as Romina Johnson's remake of the Gladys Knight hit "Taste of Bitter Love".

Dee C Lee makes her return to recording after a long absence with the jazzy "La Dee Dah" and Louise Rose, a former member of the group Precious, is impressive on "32 Flavours".

Newcomer Dyanna Fearon is the niece of one of the founders of the British black music scene, Galaxy's Phil Fearon.

All but two of the songs on the 15-track album are written by the D-Influence production team, led by Kwame Kwaten.

The album is the first collaboration between D-Influence and Dome, the UK's leading R&B label.

The new single is "All I Need" featuring Belle Montenegro, with two remixes.

CD Dome 161 THIS I PROMISE YOU featuring SHOLA AMA
12 Dome 161 THIS I PROMISE YOU
12 Domer 161 THIS I PROMISE YOU (Garage mixes)

CD Dome 166 ALL I NEED featuring Belle Montenegro
12 Dome 166 ALL I NEED

Dome CD 30 D-VAS
Dome LP 30 D-VAS (2 LP set)

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NEW ALBUM FROM DENNIS TAYLOR

Following his breakthrough with 'Enough Is Enough' and his sold-out live dates at London's Jazz Café last year, Dennis Taylor has a new album.

The New Jersey-based vocalist's second album 'Unconditional' is once again produced by the team of Fred McFarlane and Darryl James.

Most recent single was "Steppin' ", with both the original and full crew remix, and other outstanding album tracks include "It's Over", co-written by New York writer Brook Richardson, who also contributed a song to the current Luther Vandross album, and "Unconditional".

Most of the songs on the 12-track album are again written by the McFarlane-James-Taylor team, but 'Could It Be' is by veteran New Jersey writer/producer Paul Simpson, and Dennis comes up with his own impassioned interpretation of the late Seventies Dionne Warwick hit ballad 'I'll Never Love This Way Again', which features some great sax work by Sherman Irby.

Blues & Soul reviewer Bill Buckley writes: "If anything 'Unconditional' is even better than 'Enough Is Enough' and if that set heralded the arrival of a real talent, this one confirms Dennis' status as a major.

"His warm voice is unique and that, coupled with his songs and the right production, has enabled him to create what only the truly great artists achieve. He's created his own sound - the Dennis Taylor sound. Long may we enjoy it!"

DENNIS TAYLOR UNCONDITIONAL DOME CD 29
DOME LP 29 (2LP vinyl)

STEPPIN' CD DOME 162
12 DOME 162

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See also his previous album 'Enough Is Enough' on Dome


COOLY’S HOT-BOX INVITE YOU TO ‘TAKE IT'

 

COOLY’s HOT BOX is soul. COOLY’s HOT BOX is funk. COOLY’s HOT BOX is jazz. COOLY’s HOT BOX is dance. COOLY’s is all of these. A self contained soul band seamlessly blending soul, dance, funk and jazz to form a sound uniquely their own.

Like their predecessors Earth Wind and Fire and Rufus, Cooly’s combine influences in a very natural way. They represent a new wave of urban artists, generating their own material with live instruments and strong songwriting identity. All in the true spirit of rhythm and blues.

The band’s debut album “TAKE IT” - for release by Dome Records - is produced by the band members together with production associates Ticklah and Scribe. Amazingly, it is their first full-length album release since forming in the early Nineties. They met while pursuing undergraduate degrees in studio composition in New York.

The Cooly’s Hot Box sound has reached out worldwide, with one of their songs “Don’t Throw My Love Around” having been featured on the compilation “Giant Steps” released by London Records. Armand Van Helden enjoyed the song so much that he chose to sample the song’s memorable keyboard riff for his “Funk Phenomena” single, a half-million seller.

Fronted by vocalists Christian Urich, the band’s founder and drummer, and Angela Johnson, they have had numerous 12inch dance releases in recent years on UK label Sole.

They have also developed solo careers - Christian has just provided guest vocals on the newly released Roger Sanchez album and has worked with Osalaunda (Eric Benet, Kenny Latimore) and DJ Spinna, while Angela has played keyboards on DJ Spinna remixes for Urban Species and Kojak, and wrote and produced a No 1 hit for Japanese artist Double.

The Cooly’s line-up is completed by percussionist Ernesto Abreu and bassist Chris Smyke, and the band have toured extensively in the US and Canada, working with such diverse acts as BB King, A Tribe Called Quest, Roger Troutman and Zapp, the Neville Brothers, Guru and India Arie.


COOLY’S HOT BOX - MAKE ME HAPPY/IT’S ALRIGHT/WASTED TIME/
TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT - 12 inch 12 DOME 156 - £3.99

COOLY’S HOT BOX - OVER AND OVER - 12 DOME 158 - £3.99

COOLY’S HOT BOX - TAKE IT - DOME CD 28 - £12.49

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DARWIN NOW ON ALBUM WITH “EVERYDAY”

Following the release of his powerful duet single with Michael McDonald on EVERYDAY, Dome now presents a superb uplifting 12-track album from DARWIN HOBBS, also titled EVERYDAY.

Drawn from his two US album releases, the package includes three songs written or produced by Tommy Sims, the man responsible for “Everyday”. There is also a guest vocal performance from Donna Summer on “When I Look Up”, while Darwin’s revival of the Luther Vandross favourite “So Amazing” features the guitar talents of Paul Jackson Jr.

The single of “Everyday” has hit No 1 on both the Touch magazine Most Wanted Top 20 and the Blues & Soul Hip List Top 20, as well as reaching No 3 on the Music Week Urban chart.

Gospel star Darwin recently moved from his home in Tennessee to take up a post as Minister of Music at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

The album is released on CD and double vinyl

Full album track listing is

EVERYDAY feat MICHAEL McDONALD
SO AMAZING
DEEPER
CAST ALL YOUR CARES
WHEN I LOOK UP feat DONNA SUMMER
MY PROMISE TO YOU
YOU’RE THE ONE
COME AND GO WITH ME
HOLD ON
WONDERLAND
I WILL RUN TO YOU
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU

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Darwin Hobbs - Everyday Dome CD 26 £11.99
Darwin Hobbs - Everyday Dome LP 26 £11.49
Darwin Hobbs - Everyday 12 Dome 147R £3.99
Darwin Hobbs - Everyday CD Dome 147 £3.79