Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Basic Soul Interviews

Shalamar Records

Every once in a while an artist comes along with a message so deep and profound that it touches you not only on a melodic level, but in a way that makes you reassess what your priorities are. In an age where so many artists sacrifice their message in favour of financial gain, we need someone to stand up and speak from the heart and that artist is the jazz-poet N-Side. As he so succinctly puts it, "We need more talking with and less talking at."

Read the interview here.


Having made his initial breakthrough with the very well received Freddie Hubbard and Minister Louie Farakahn sampling "Deep Blak'd" in 2004, on the resurrected Prescription Recordings imprint, Armon Bazile, a.k.a. Aybee, has since begun working alongside the legendary Ron Trent as the Indigenous Space People as well as releasing the slow-burning, jaw-droppingly beautiful Revolution of 1 EP on his own Deepblak imprint. With an album ready to drop this year, 2006 could turn out to be the year that this Oakland, California native finally gets the props that he deserves.

Read the interview here.

Robin Mullarkey

Robin Mullarkey along with vocalist, co-writer and soul mate Anna Stubbs make up Brotherly, the newest exciting act to emerge from the vibrant West London scene. Having already slung his bass on tours across the world with musical luminaries such as Zero 7, 2 Banks of 4 and the mighty Ty, Rob has a musical pedigree that reaches far and wide across the musical stratosphere from jazz to broken beat to electronica to M-Base to soul all with a serving of African influences for good measure. His ethos for Brotherly is simple, "We want to make music that sounds great. That is all. Anything goes," and with their latest single Put It Out already exciting tastemakers and inflicting mayhem onto dance floors all over the globe they look set to leave their mark on the musical map with style, grace and high quality musicianship.

Read the interview here.

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