My Trippin Mojo - Edda's GardenResistant Mindz
"Edda's Garden" is mellow soul from My Trippin Mojo. The Leipzig Germany based band's debut recording is rooted in funky horns, wah wah rhythms and soothing vocals courtesy of Sabrina Bornmann. Among the highlights are the laid back "Unconditional Love", filled with Bornmann's warm vocals and Christopher Mengel's psychedelic guitar rhythms. "My World" is a slow burning dim the lights soul with soothing horns. "Nice Grits and Cool Cars" and "One For sue" are funky instrumentals. Bassist Johannes Riedel recorded the band in his analog studio and the result is vintage 70s soul with just enough grit that will transport you back in time. A splendid debut from a band whose mojo will certainly get your groove on.
Reg Dancy, 12/16
Myele Manzanza - OneBBE
As the drummer for Electric Wire Hustle, fans have been hypnotized by the Futuristic beats and rhythms generated by Myele Manzanza. Now with his solo debut "One", Myele reaches into his roots and various other influences to deliver an authentic blend of soulful beats ranging from African to Future rhythms with amazing results. Among the highlights are "Absent", a hip-hop flavored track with wicked rhythms augmented by Bella Kalolo on vocals. "City Of Atlantis" is another worthy pick that starts out with Philly rapper Charlie K rhyming over a thick beat. At this point the groove shifts with the help of a jazzy flute riff followed by the organic soulful vocals of New Zealand native Ladi 6. "Me I Know Him" is a stomping soulful house track with Sam Manzanza, Myele's father on Congas and Canadian vocalist Amenta. Myele has paid his dues to hone his craft and "One" displays the fruits of his labor with outstanding results. This is a superb record worthy of repeated listens. You won't be disappointed.
Reg Dancy, 08/13
Myele Manzanza - One Point OneFirst Word
Drummer and New Zealand native Myele Manzanza and First Word Records are a perfect match in that they consistently deliver stellar music. Manzanza's latest release "One Point One" is a entertaining live recording at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. The date is a string laden affair featuring the Quartetto Fantastico String Quartet, as well as Mark De Clive Lowe on keys and many more. "Bar Thing" is a gorgeous tune that begins with a whirlwind of strings and percussion followed by De Clive Lowe's simmering keys. The tune continues to heighten the anticipation before bassist Ben Shepard unleashes an infectious groove that is augmented by the vocals of Nia Andrews. "Montara" is a beautiful cover of the Bobby Hutcherson classic where the vibes are replaced by the violinist of the String Quartet and De Clive Lowe on rhodes yet still captures the warm and beauty of the original. Miquel Atwood Ferguson imprint figures prominently on this disc, specifically his arrangements on the sublime "Atlantis" which features Andrews again as well as MC Charlie K This is the live recording where you envision yourself sitting front and center admiring great performances and absorbing one superb recording after another. This is essential listening to say the least.
Reg Dancy, 03/17
Myles Sanko - Forever DreamingLegere Recordings
London based soul singer Myles Sanko has taken a grass roots approach to launching his career. First by enlisting his fans via the internet to pick their favorite songs, eventually launching his EP "Born In Black And White". Myles has followed up that success with his latest "Forever Dreaming". There's much to savor here as tunes like "Light in My Hand" offer a harmonic convergence of Blues and Soul. The kind of vibe one might hear from a Bill Withers tune, one of Myles influences. "Save My Soul", one of the strongest tunes is a stirring blend of reggae and soul. Sanko's raw emotive vocals, combined with honest and heartfelt lyrics will resonate with fans of raw unfiltered soul.
Reg Dancy, 12/14