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The LF soul music blog run by music-mad Imran Mirza, in conjunction
with his Starpoint Radio show, 'The Blue-in-Green Sessions'.


Monday
Oct312011

Me, myself and my CD(s)

Y'know when you're having an argument with someone and you know you're not getting your point across well at all - there's a logic, a stance and a moral standpoint that justifies and explains everything and you're just not able to verbalise it at all, but worst of all, you know that later when you're replaying the exchange back in your head, the exact thing you should have said will occur to you and you'll kick yourself for not having realised it at the time!

The argument I'm talking about - which you can hear in full drawn out completion - can be found here in LF's debate about how we (music fans) consume our music.  If you didn't know when listening to the podcast, I'm the one frantically on the defensive trying to justify my standpoint of still buying CDs - I think I was actually called 'grandad' at one point?!  It would appear that Team LF take in music through practically every means possible, as long as it isn't by purchasing a hard copy.

I think one of my leading arguments was that 'I present a radio show and see myself as a bit of a collector', but that arguement served no purpose as still I was unable to muster up any level of understanding.  I do feel though that if I had been a vinyl junkie and had said 'I present a radio show and see myself as a bit of a collector', then the response would have been 'Oh, that's ok then'.  There's certainly something about vinyl that garners peoples' automatic respect as a fan and collector but CDs are just met with 'What's the pint?'

I started to get serious about my music in my mid-to-late teens and had no aspirations of DJing or presenting so through the ease of purchasing at that time, CDs were the way to go.  And this is actually a little bit before MP3s became readily available, so if your friend had a really cool song on a CD that you wanted, you wouldn't say, 'Can you burn me a copy or email me the MP3', you'd say, 'Can you record that song on to Side B of my D90 tape please - cos that's what we did back then!  Wait a minute, maybe I am a grandad?! (ha ha).  But it genuinelly wasn't long before MP3 sharing became the thing furtheringthe ease of burning your own CDs, etc.

I don't think it's a shame taht more people don't buy CDs, and I certainly don't think they're wrong for not doing so but I guess I'm surprised that someone else would be surprised that someone does do those things.

I thought this would be a great way to maybe segue into a different perspective - something of a celebration of the CD: it's packaging, it's artwork, so in the next week or so, I'm going to compile a few pictures of someof my pride and joys, and some CD packaing my collection simply could not do without. 

Make sure to check back here soon...

 

Tuesday
Oct112011

Anthony Hamilton 'Soul' giveaway

Since 'Coming From Where I'm From' introduced the world to Anthony Hamilton in 2004, he has long been one of the shining lights for soul music within the 21st century.

His southern styled and gospel rooted variety of soul has seen him gain further notoriety over subsequent releases, 'Aint Nobody Worrying' and 'The Point of It All', along with chalking up collaborations with Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Mark Ronson and Chicago rapper, Twista.  An infectious, energetic and committed live performer, Hamilton continues to tick all the boxes in establishing himself for the long haul.

The topic of 'subsequent' releases brings us to now include 'Soul' to that list - a 12-track download-for-free online mixtape which serves as the taster for the next full-length album release, currently scheduled for early 2012.  It's always an incredible gift when an artist does something like this (see Cee Lo's 'Stray Bullets', SoulBounce's 'Men Love Mary' and most recently, AAries' 'Cover Girls'), and what makes it all the more special in this case is just how good this release actually is.

Aside from the tracklist below, unfortunately at this time, I'm not able to offer much insight into any writing or production collaborations as I've yet to get my hands on any, but amongst an album brimming with highlights, Tarsha McMilian duets with Hamilton on 'I Hurt You' (McMilian, who previously contributed vocals to 'The Preacher's Daughter' on 'Aint Nobody Worrying'), and Jack Splash is named as producer of 'You', labelled as part of the song's title.  Splash, certainly serving as another notable collaborator stemming from his contribution to 'The Point of It All' where his awesome production magic was sprinkled over 'Please Stay'.

1) Intro
2) Love I Found [Solo Version]
3) Country Pimpin
4) Fantasy Girl
5) Giving Back
6) I Hurt You (f/t Tarsha McMilian)
7) Nowhere
8) My Friend
9) You
10) Why O Why
11) Oh Lord
12) One Last Time

There doesn't seem to be a definitive link in which to source the files but just type in "Anthony Hamilton Soul EP" into Google and you'll be offered a bevy of websites in which to legitimately download the release.  Definitely don't miss out!

Wednesday
Sep282011

Nick Pride +

We've had some really good feedback from the Nick Pride interview so thanks for checking it out guys.  [If you haven't, give it a click here].  LF, MF(I)D and the Blue-in-Green Sessions are always keen to stamp our names of approval on great new music so hopefully their release 'Midnight Feast of Jazz' will be that for you.

As much as we love great music, we also love you guys too, and as often as we can, we like to give readers of this blog as many treats as possible, so here's an exclusive from our Q&A with Nick Pride exclusive to readers of the MF(I)D blog:

What have been some of the highlights for the group so far?

Releasing this record and enjoying the attention it’s getting has been a blast.  It’s mad to think about how far the band has come.  Our first ever gig was at a fashion show after just one rehearsal. We didn’t have a name yet.

Since that bizarre beginning there have been a lot of little milestones – first tour, first proper release, first overseas airplay, first semi-naked bloke on stage, etc.  We met Candi Statton and we demanded a kiss each, I don’t think she could understand our accents.

But as for highlights, I feel as if we are really just arriving and all the best stuff is ahead of us.  I’ll have a much better answer for that question in a few years.

Tuesday
Sep132011

Success!

I finally tracked down the Shuya Okino CD that became the thorn in my side (you may have read about my obsession here  previously). 

I found it on CDJapan, which has again created more problems than solutions...  I've always meant to explore the answer to this question but does anybody out there happen to know why Japanese editions of CDs always have the bonus content that isn't available anywhere else?  There has to be a reason and I'm crazy curious about it!

Well, the bad news for me is that, on CDJapan, they’re all there… and more!  I’ve stumbled across things that I didn’t even know existed:  There’s a 12 track version of Jose James‘The Dreamer’, which features two more songs than the standard available-everywhere-else version; and, there’s a 13 track version of D’Angelo’s ‘Brown Sugar’, which I don’t believe contains any new songs, they just comprise of remixes and instrumentals.

Still though.  Two classic albums and, if I consider myself a fan and collector, I’m really not going to be able to pass these up. 

Most exciting though was that there’s a second album from J.A.M. which I didn’t even know existed.  I’ve looked elsewhere since and still haven’t been able to find it anywhere.  Yes, I bought that too – should arrive in the post any day now!

Back to the Shuya Okino CD though – excuse me as I’m yet to post up the pics I promised but will do so as it’s such an amazingly packaged CD.  The ‘book’ I talked about though features several pages of him just getting dressed.  Not actually getting dressed, the pictures are of him already dressed, just close-ups of him putting his jacket on and close-ups of his shoes and cufflinks.  No info about the artist, album or record label which is hilarious.  Just pictures of him "dressed".  The music's top-notch with great guest spots from Navasha Daya, Pete Simpson and N'Dea Davenport.  I hope to write up something more formal for the blog as I don't think the quality of the packaging should eclipse the quality of the music, but all I'll say now is that I really recommend it!

 

Monday
Aug222011

Brownswood

While mentioning Gilles in the last post, I checked my email and found my August newsletter from his own Brownswood Recordings label and it opened with the below paragraph.  It's such a shame and I thought it worthy of passing on to you good people too:

It's been a pretty rubbish week to be honest. The Sony / PIAS fire destroyed all of our stock that was held in the warehouse - we'll survive but it's a bitter blow. The list of independent labels that suffered makes for sombre reading - XL, Ninja Tune, Warp, Domino, Young Turks, Soul Jazz... friends and respected contemporaries. Music fans please support your favourite labels and buy physical product in your local record shop or digitally online at this difficult time.