The legendary Raw Soul Express return with sensational new single ‘Fate of the World’

Raw Soul Express have released a refreshingly catchy, buoyant and daring new single that mixes addictive pop melodies with shadowy contemporary lyrics. Having been innovating the soul and funk genre since the early 1970s, Raw Soul Express have put their suaveness and maturity to use, so they can lyrically tackle salient subjects like the Black Lives Matter movement and global warming.

Raw Soul Express are uniquely able to merge pressing lyrics with a wonderful concoction of rapid saxophone playing from John McMinn that rips through speakers with a huge velocity, while Paul Mullen’s snappy keyboard playing could give Tom Coppola of Chic a run for his money. The addition of these outstanding musical components are boosted through the expectational drum and bass playing that will be impossible to get out of your head.

Raw Soul Express are respected veterans of the funk soul scene, having released their pioneering eponymous debut album in 1976. Originating in Miami, Raw Soul Express have remarkably managed to retain all of the original members since the band’s creation, an important feat considering the passion and creativity that each band member harvests. Their addition to the American funk soul scene and their musical prowess has not gone unnoticed, since they have performed in the past with iconic names such as Kool and the Gang and James Brown.

“In 1971 I answered an ad on a bulletin board in a music store for bass player wanted. I sat in one evening and jammed with the band. About three months later at 3 a.m. there was a knock at my door. Three band members woke me and asked if I wanted to be in the band. “You have to decide now” they said, we have a gig at Bethune-Cookman all black college. The bass player they had left them in a spot so half asleep I said yes. I believe I was the only hippie there that night. After doing the gig and losing about 20 lbs from pure fear and nerves not knowing what the hell I was doing, they decided to keep me and 50 years later here I am!Albie Manno of Raw Soul Express

Raw Soul Express were one of the most progressive, revolutionary bands of the 1970s by employing both black and white musicians to perform in harmony with each other, which served as a middle finger to the backwards nature of race relations at the time. With the ‘Fate of the World’ single, Raw Soul Express are incredibly able to tap into modern societal issues with a song that was surprisingly written in the 1990s.

“Because the song was written by myself and Rick some 25 years ago, I had no idea in 2019 – when I was planning to make the video in 2020 – what the images were going to be. To me it just affirms that what we’ve been doing all along is what we were meant to do. As artists I believe we should reflect on the times, may they be good or bad.”Albie Manno of Raw Soul Express

The music of Raw Soul Express has now been shared with a whole new generation of young followers that adore their music. Always the pioneers, Raw Soul Express have also crafted an exceptional music video that provides the track with supernatural and hypnotic visuals. Go check out this single if you haven’t already!

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The Fabulous Red Diesel live up to their name with ‘The Queensbury House Sessions’

The Fabulous Red Diesel stand themselves as unique and suitably eccentric with their new EP ‘The Queensbury House Sessions’. What makes it all the more impressive is that it was recorded in just one take.

The band is made up of a husband and wife on vocals, a transgender trumpeter and double-bassist, a synth player and a guitarist named Rabbi Jaff Delicious – I guess you could say the record is fittingly unconventional.

‘Butterfly Mind’, the band’s hit single, holds a hypnotic sound. It’s a song about love, and the inability for the feeling to just flutter away…

Writer Kat discusses the song’s meaning to her:

It’s about the way my brain works and the way music flits from one person to another, changing their perception (hopefully for the better) by tiny inspirational touches. And then it’s also a love song – I am married to the drummer and I’m saying no matter how many twists and turns and expansions my mind has, I am always grounded in him – you know I’ve got a butterfly mind but I settle on you ‘’

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The band’s loyal fanbase has followed them from their humble formation in Hastings, and watched them grow to play alongside the immensely talented likes of Skunk Anansie and Jeff Buckley.

Their unique sound showcases a classic 60s soul style, with jazz and rhythmic jumps from hip-hop beats to Latin and funk.

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Jon Scott’s new EP ‘Freedom- A New Jerusalem’ speaks against prejudice and spreads positivity

Jon Scott is not only a renowned singer, but a multi-instrumentalist. In his brand new EP, he tells the story of a world reunited to combat racism and social injustice.

Listeners are invited to stand up against prejudice and corrupt politics, embracing the good in everyone. It’s a powerful message.

‘Freedom- A New Jerusalem’ also tackles the effects of the coronavirus and the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jon Scott utilises his anger to target the political players in an unjust society.

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The music has elements of soul, jazz and Afro-pop, all skilfully delivered by Jon, who also writes the lyrics himself. This EP is brave to take on such social issues, and Jon is unfazed by the political controversy he stirs up in the public sphere. This makes it all the more powerful.

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Estelle California Defines World Music with New Single ‘Star’

Estelle California’s forthcoming EP, My Name is Freedom, sees her backed by legendary producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston; Mariah Carey; Lionel Richie); ace guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black (Diana Ross, Anastacia; Babyface); James Henry and veteran vocalists Larry Batiste, Cornell Carter and Tony Lindsay. Her recently released single, ‘Star’, aims to “build bridges and promote positivity ahead of fuelling hate”, and take a stand for those who have suffered throughout history. Estelle’s own life experiences of living in a racist society are amplified by her vocals, passionately expressing her views and seamlessly fusing musical genres of all nationalities.

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‘Shake It’ Yo’s New Single!

Yo are a rock band ready to take on anything that gets thrown at them and they’ll ace it everytime. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and song writing draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road.


The latest single taken from the album will be the hard hitting, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – dripping in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a distinctly trippy sensibility.

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Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.


Mama Moonshine ready for haunting new single ‘Sisters’


New track available from January 30th 2015

A London based four piece with a love of all things soul, Mama Moonshine are a band tailor made for swaying between funk jams and blues rhythms. This is a group who take in all kinds of influences – from the dusky likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha, to the funk rock stylings of the Black Keys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers – each member has their own unique sound, when moulded together creates a distinct and elevated tone.

Their brand new single ‘Sisters’ is out on January 30th, a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful and with smartly lyrics that unspool with a gentle power, the track is a solid example of this band’s class:

Mama Moonshine are clearly a band assured in their own sound, both in the studio and on the stage. Having sold out both The Camden Enterprise and Proud Galleries (Camden Town) they also played to a rapt crowd at the Audiofarm festival 2014, Brunswick in Brighton and Portobello Road, Notting Hill to name a few. Add to that recent radio appearances and a guest slot for vocalist Ruth with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Band for charity last year, and this band is on the rise in the London Music Scene.

Don’t just take our word for it. There has been interest from cult hit-makers Tune-Yards and Little Dragon, who had some words of encouragement after hearing their new material:

“Had a listen to your music. You have a great voice! Keep writing songs 🙂 and have a blast in the studio!! Lots of luv Yukimi”

‘Sisters’ will be available from online stockists and more from January 30th.



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A Jazz fusion album is Now Available on iTunes!

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