Prince Anniversary Tribute: Housequake 2017!

One year on from his untimely death, it still seems so surreal we lost Prince in 2016. Join us, as we celebrate the life of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen. There will be two live performances by ‘The Artists’ bookended by a 100% Prince DJ set by DJ Philster (Funkalicious), playing both classic and deep Prince – all aimed at the feet. Plus projected visuals of classic Prince moments, it’s going to be a beautiful night!

£3 adv, £5 door – Tickets: www.upstairsattheritzy.co.uk

21 April 2007
8pm – 2am
Upstairs at The Ritzy
Brixton Oval
London
SW2 1JG

Cinematic Soul – Friday 6th January

Cinematic Soul is an exciting blend of sound and visuals! Dance floor funk and soul teamed with an exciting, entertaining montage of cult film clips on the projected screen – and set in the cool bar Upstairs at The Ritzy, part of Brixton’s iconic landmark cinema – the perfect setting for a celebration of cult cinema and music.

Friday 6th January
8pm – 1am
Upstairs At The Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
FREE!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1303050953059979/

Cinematic Soul – Friday 2nd December

Cinematic Soul is an exciting blend of sound and visuals! Dance floor funk and soul teamed with an exciting, entertaining montage of cult film clips on the projected screen – and set in the cool bar Upstairs at The Ritzy, part of Brixton’s iconic landmark cinema – the perfect setting for a celebration of cult cinema and music.

Friday 2nd December
8pm – 1am
Upstairs At The Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
FREE!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1303050953059979/

Cinematic Soul – Saturday 27th August

Cinematic Soul is an exciting blend of sound and vision – teaming soundtracks, funk, soul and fusion with an epic montage of cult clip favourites on the screen and plenty of room to dance! Wether you want to kick back and watch in the great bar space, or strut your funky stuff on the dance floor, Cinematic Soul is SUPER BAD!

Saturday 27th August
8pm – 1am
Upstairs At The Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
FREE!!

https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsAtTheRitzy/

Fri 22nd July – A Tribute to the Godfather of Soul: James Brown and the “First Family of Funk”

Upstairs pays tribute to one of music’s greatest innovators, James Brown and the “First Family of Funk”. Brown’s radical redefinition of rhythm led to the creation of funk, laid down the foundations of modern dance music and left a legacy of some of the most sampled music in history. We explore that legacy with a live DJ and visuals (DJ Philster, Funkalicious).

“More funk in his little finger than most of us got in our entire bodies” – “Pee Wee” Ellis

“All respect due to James Brown and his countless disciples for inventing modern music” – DJ Shadow

A Tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown
(and the “First Family of Funk”)
Friday 22nd July
8pm-1am
Free Entry

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Cinematic Soul – Saturday 28th May

Cinematic Soul returns to Upstairs at the Ritzy for another explosive dose of kick-ass visuals and sound.

The visuals: an epic montage of retro cult cinematic action
The sound: soundtracks, funk, soul and fusion from 1965-now with DJ Philster (Funkalicious)

Saturday 28th May
8pm – 1am
Upstairs At The Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
FREE!!

https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsAtTheRitzy/

The FREE Prince Partay

DEARLY BELOVED! This month’s Cinematic Soul has been hijacked by the untimely death of one of the music world’s brightest stars, His Royal Badness, Prince. WE NEED A FREE PARTY to celebrate his life, bask in the glory of his music and DANCE! DANCE! DANCE! So join us for a very special purple party with live Prince Jam from THE ARTISTS plus Prince & influences all night with DJ PHILSTER. Come on Brixton, come on London, let’s celebrate.

Sat 30th April
Upstairs at the Ritzy
Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Oval
London SW2

8pm-1:30am FREE ENTRY!

Cinematic Soul – Sat 30th April

Cinematic Soul is back for another superbad evening of sound + vision. Teaming a live DJ playing funk soundtracks with an epic montage of clips from cult films, cinematic soul is kick-ass fun, set in the bar above Brixton’s beautiful Ritzy Cinema. Kick back and watch or get up and dance.

Saturday 30th April
8pm – 1am
Upstairs At The Ritzy
Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton
Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG

https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsAtTheRitzy/

Shindig! Magazine with Charles Bradley

The latest issue of Shindig! Magazine features an article I wrote, following an interview with Daptone’s Charles Bradley. This charming man is the living embodiment of the spirit of soul music as his often troubled life provides the inspiration and drive behind his music. Find it at your newsagent, record store, or online at http://www.shindig-magazine.com

Review: Deep Street Soul – Come Alive!

“Out Of The Gates” is the track that launches Deep Street Soul’s latest album and states it’s intention clearly. It’s The Meters at breakneck pace and if you hold on to the end, you’ve made it past the initiation, you’re in. Yes sir, yes ma’am, this album will certainly get you out of bed or up and out of your chair. Australia’s DSS don’t do much by halves – so if it is heavy, raw funk you’re looking for, you’re knocking on the right door here.

This is their second album with ‘Mighty’ May Johnson as featured vocalist, who adequately does her part in keeping the energy up. Her powerhouse, raw vocal style is tough, energetic, all Marva-Whitney-badddness as she roars through the ride’s exciting peaks, calling off the band for their spotlights along the way. We get a couple of guest spots from the Melbourne scene in the form of a 21st century soul ballad with Joshua Tavares and an excellent delta soul sounding groove with the renowned Kylie Auldist. Otherwise it’s May and the band all the way, riding their groove high, keeping the volume just below red on this, their best sounding production yet.

Deep Street Soul rip through this set on fire. Hold on to your wig and strap yourself in tight for this thrilling funk ride.

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http://www.freestylerecords.co.uk

Review: Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks – Black Rose

One listen to the striking instrumental “Burial Of A Dead Star” is all the assurance required to qualify The Silverback’s funk proficiency. It’s a kind of ethio-funk-space-soundscape, perfectly punctuated by tightly arranged horns, rich in texture and detail and with some slick gear changes. It’s this quality and blend of interesting styles the Madrid band employs throughout “Black Rose”, their first album with London-born singer Shirley Davis. Until recent times, Davis has been living in Australia, her home since her late teens. Now relocated to Madrid, she has wasted little time finding her new direction, building on her experience of working with heavy funk luminaries Deep Street Soul and Osaka Monaurail and influenced by friendships with Sharon Jones and the late Marva Whitney to produce a first-class album of funk and soul.

Davis still retains an earthy London accent to her soulful voice, evident on the spoken breakdown on the soul burner “Two Worlds” – the everyday social inequality tale of ‘them’ and ‘us’. Her singing has soaring power, range and a nuanced ring very much her own. Coupled with the versatility of the band, wether in measured mode or getting down and gritty – the pairing works supremely well. There’s beautiful restraint on “Pay For Your Love” and “What Can I do”, terrific showcases with both band and voice complementing each other effectively. There’s also plenty of grit too as interstellar funk manifesto “My Universe” notches up the heaviness, towards the thrilling apex reached on the thumpingly funky “Vanity”.

A colourful blend of exotic soul and funk; light and heavy. Black Rose is fresh, deep and lovingly made, with excellent performances and production throughout. These heavyweights flourish beautifully.

http://www.tucxone-records.com

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Review: Charles Bradley – Changes

Charles Bradley’s third album for Daptone Records is clearly amongst his most personal work, it was during the process of putting this album together that he learned of the death of his mother, whose care had been uppermost in his priorities for the past 12 years. The change for him personally is hugely life affecting, one of many life experiences that he draws on, having been through a lot in his 67 years. Leaving home at the age of 14, he lived on the streets and slept in subway cars by night until training as a chef on a government Job Corps scheme allowed him to barely scrape a living. Moving to Brooklyn to be near his family, he endured depression, the murder of his close brother and took responsibility for his ailing mother’s care.

Bradley turns these trials and tribulations into art, reflecting on the life he has lived through his songs and documenting the world around us as he sees it, transcending the hardships with an uplift of positive emotion. Backed by the rich sounds of the Menahan Street Band, this album is an authentic outpouring of pure, unadulterated soul – the expression of the human condition, a cathartic release of stress through the healing nature of music. With powerfully positive messages, he helps to fill the void left by musical messengers such as Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron.

On “Change For The World” for example, Bradley sings “Change the hate in you. Stop hiding behind religion. Hate is the poison in the blood”. While “God Bless America” and “Good To Be Back Home” juxtapose his view of a broken America with a clear love and admiration for his home country despite the hardships. The title track (and Black Sabbath cover) “Changes” could have easily been written to describe the changes in life Bradley is going through. And yet, as we’ve come to expect from Bradley, there’s also a healthy celebration of life and an overflow of love in his own, charming signature style. Charles Bradley is very real and his triumphant third release is what true soul music is all about.

www.daptonerecords.com

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