The wait is over, the long anticipated 2nd album, “How I Communicate”, from Lay-Far, released on Local Talk records, dropped into your ears with a devastating splash. You know the saying “made to make your mouth water”?! In this instance it’s a perfect example of the truth, with Lay-Far’s productions there is always music to nourish the soul.
“How I Communicate”, is a stunning arrangement exploring the many ways an artist can communicate with it’s listener.The album plays like a story, with Lay-Far as the story teller, he weaves intricate tales with each track. Interspersed between the ethereal lightness of House and the Disco explorers tales. It lays the foundations that reflect the current changes within dance music by exploring deep soulful rhythms. To complete the story, Lay-Far has enlisted the help of several well known characters from the likes of; Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris, Sean McCabe, Mark De Clive Lowe, Magic Number and Ricky Reid to name just a few. Each character takes a bow after lending their unique qualities to the tale. The entire album is held by the carefully selected narrations that adjoin the tracks.
If you are looking for a stand out track, there are plenty to chose from; whether it be the devastating beauty of ‘Like The First Time’, featuring the raw talent of Ross Hillard, Magic Number, or deep sea dive into ‘Slope’, with its uplifting groove and aquatic melodies.’Mystical Rhythms’, resurrects the love of the Broken Beat, both Lay-Far and Sean McCabe drop the realness on this one.
‘How I communicate’, is one of those albums that comes around every once in a while, that restores faith in the music scene. Do you recall your favourite story as a child? Take that same joy and excitement, place it into adult ears, press play and there you have it. Well that’s my humble opinion.
Written by Angel Mel – tune into Angel Mel Spread Love show on 1st February from 8pm until 10pm to listen to many tracks featured on the album – www.soultrainradio.co.uk
For information on events and bookings go to www.ammpromotions.co.uk
You can buy and enjoy the album from the following digital stores: The vinyl version coming out in March.
To celebrate the release of Kev Beadle’s latest compilation for BBE Records you are invited to join him with DJ Harv and Nick Hosier playing some quality jazz goodness on one of the best sound systems in London. Admission is FREE, so get there early……..
Created by music industry legend, MMO Music Group CEO and true godfather of karaoke (but that’s another story) Irv Kratka, alongside producer Eric Kriss, Inner City Records was founded in 1976. During its decade or so in existence, the label put together a formidable catalogue of jazz music and was voted Record Label Of The Year in 1979 by the International Jazz Critics Poll. As well as ‘classic jazz’, the label also gave a platform to more avant-garde material and dabbled in the emerging ‘jazz fusion’ sounds of the day.
Inner City boasted a particularly fervent fan-base in London, where many of its releases found a home within the sweaty underground dance clubs of Soho and Convent Garden back in the early 80s. Fittingly enough, London DJ and tastemaker Kev Beadle is the man chosen to put together this very special compilation of the imprint’s finest moments.
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For more booking information on this artist contact Angel Mel www.ammpromotions.co.uk
AMMP was borne out of a genuine desire to ‘spread love and promote music’.
We pride ourselves on being more than your average music agency; our aim is to nurture the talents of our artists, to provide support to the promoters and develop long lasting relationships on both sides.
Our current roster represents the finest in established and rising talent on a national and international scale. We are proud to represent the following artists: Kev Beadle, Rainer Trueby, Lay-Far, Opolopo, Gabriele Poso, Craig Smith, Jo Wallace and Mixjah.
Our first passion is music, we understand the importance of marketing your music. We are always looking for and finding opportunities to nurture and develop your talent. We strive to provide a holistic yet professional and friendly approach to working with our clients.
Stay tuned in for updates on interviews, music releases, events.
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Love & blessings Angel Mel x
This is a piece I have written especially dedicated to all the Suncebeat family or as I affectionately now call them ‘Children of the Sun’.
There are several stages of being when it comes to the Suncebeat festival simply put, before, during and after. I will now attempt to give a brief description; If you are discovering Suncebeat for the first time, read on this may just tip the balance in your favour to book up for next year. On the other hand if you have already sampled the delights, then join me as we relive the memories.
Before – Did you hear whispers amongst your friends about a festival somewhere in the Dalmatian coast that was more beautiful than you could have ever imagined? Not just aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but a festival full of like minded souls who had gathered together for the love of music. Such places exist and are your for the taking.
Once you have stepped into the realm, you will never view life in quite the same way again.
During – Were your mind and body prepared for the delights that lay in store for you? Having reached your destination, taken your first tentative steps in a country that was mainly unfamiliar to you. Did you look across Tisno, up to the mountains and along the calm blue sea in wonder?
On site there is a palpable rush of euphoria, this place is unlike anything you would have ever experienced before. Is this what togetherness feels like? You look from left to right, to faces turned towards the sun with an expression of sheer happiness on their faces. At that moment in time you surmise there is no better place than this and nowhere else you would rather be.
Hot summer days follow warm summer nights, this is hedonists groundhog day without the monotony. The world blossoms before you with the visions of boat parties, intimate gathering of DJs and music lovers, all thrust together out at sea. You may cry tears of joy, it happens to be true, for there are few greater experiences in life that evoke such deep emotion.
For me the Mindfluid boat, with Kev Beadle firmly at the helm and followed closely by Rich Medina, Rainer Truby, Lefto, took proceedings to a whole new level. Until you have experienced nearly an entire boat moving in unison directing energy from the ‘souls’ of their dancing feet towards the DJs, it is a feeling like no other. On the Yoruba Soul boat, Osunlade, Rainer Truby, Craig Smith and Eddie Ramich; gathered our spirits and invoked the gods and goddesses of dance. Such were the vibrations pulsating through the boat, that several dolphins joined the party and jumped with joy alongside us. Revellers flocked to side of the Argonaught to catch sight of these magestic creatures, all at once causing the boat to lean precariously to one side. Occurrences like these are rare, they are what I call a world appreciation moments and are to be cherished. Just when you think you can not take any more happiness, you discover how to dance on the beach stage! Wide wild steps, sweeping arms as you sassay across the dance floor. All is right with the world the DJ is spinning your favourite tune, whilst the disco ball showers in you in an iridescent glow. Where else could you experience a plethora of DJs from Osunlade, Andrew Ashong, Lay-Far, Floating Point, DJ Spen, Dean Sunshine Smith, Lil Stevie, Gavin Kendrick, all displaying a kaleidoscope of the finest soulful underground dance music around?!
I will take this opportunity to salute my dear friend Neil Pierce, who is one half of Rhemi, whose track ‘Diamond’, must be the winner of anthem of the week, not a day passed with out the lyrics ‘Just be the diamond that you know you are’, cascading across the beach stage. All who are in agreement with me say I!
But wait there is more Barbarellas! Here you become the mistress or the master of keeping the vibe alive as the coach takes you to your destination. Barbarellas is a world within itself, an out door arena, free from walls allowing you to be free. Time moves slowly we dance for hours to an assortment of; Disco edits, Deep South African House, Soulful and uplifting grooves, to the ancestral tribal Afro House. We dance until the first light creeps it’s way over head, the morning sun makes it way to greet us, (haven’t you gone to bed yet) it whispers.
I must not forget to mention the pleasure of seeing the live acts Roy Ayers and Brand New Heavies and how we swayed and sang along to the songs that have provided the soundtrack to our lives. Or the Soul stage with Terry Jones & Ronnie Herel, as it throbbed to the sound of happy singing voices.
Make way for the DJ Queens, Natasha Kitty Kat Probert, Simmone Black Fox and Blonde Flash, who displayed greatness behind the decks.
As the days progressed and with the greatest ease, you find you have became a member of Suncebeat family. Never has it been so easy to connect with people from the worldwide community in one small place. Facebook will light up with the clicks of new connections and shared experiences.
After – Is the stage of utter exhaustion but only as a result of having the best time of your life. Most of us at some point have lost our voices, some folk have temporary lost our minds, lack of sleep can do that to you. All forgiven and after a good nights sleep is forgotten.
The most profound realisation of what you have just experienced can not be found in words, it hits you between the 2nd and 4th day of being at home. When the slow trickle of Facebook statuses become a torrent of adoration and love. Video clips and photos topple across the screen, confirming that yes this is your life. The revelation hits you square in the heart and mind, that you now belong to something deeply powerful and moving. Suncebeat is more than a festival, it is a way of being with one another and a way in which we connect with our spiritual selves. Since the dawn of time our ancestors have joined together under the sun and moon, we have danced in unison sending our earthly bodies into the heavens. For those 7 days we have followed in the footsteps of ancestors celebrating lives bounty.
I end my review with a quote by Ptolemy an ancient Greek geographer and astronomer, I read this quote and thought of us.
‘I know that I am mortal by nature and ephemeral, but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of heavenly bodies, I know longer touch earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus and take my fill of ambrosia’.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt blessings and love to Alex Lowes, Dave Gardener, Nick Connelly, Gavin Kendrick, Kev Beadle, Ben Brophy Yasim, Ceri Ann and to all the people in front and behind the scenes who help this extraordinary festival possible.
Give thank the DJs, for their energy, for keeping us dancing and for being the conduit in which unifies us: Roy Ayers, Brand New Heavies, Louie Vega, Tony Humphries, Kerri Chandler, Osunlade, Sandy Riviera, Miguel Migs, Black Coffee, Dimitri From Paris, Floating Points, Andrew Ashong, Motor City Drum Emsemble, Marques Wyatt, Rich Medina, DJ Spen, Reverend P, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Lefto, Rainer Truby, Eddy Ramich, Lay-Far, Djeff Afrozilla, Craig Smith, Dean Sunshine Smith, Ronnie Herel, Souldynamic, Phil Asher, Kev Beadle, Gavin Kendrick, Mark Stone, David Fiorese, Luis Radio, Jonny Miller, Ben Brophy, Steve Butler, Lil Stevie, James Morgan, Natasha Kitty Kat Probert, Simmone Black Fox, Blonde Flash and Colin Williams.
To my roomies Jan and Karen, here’s to our nudist apartment, Benny Hill sketches, Prosecco and life long friendship.
My business partner Laila – welcome to the family we the world is our oyster.
To relive the whole experience tune into my Suncebeat 6 soundtrack, just follow the link below.
It is not everyday one get’s to meet their heroes and especially be given the opportunity to interview them. So it is with enormous pleasure that I present to you the most influential music teacher I could have ever asked for Mr Kev Beadle.
I would like to thank Kev, for his inspiration and being part of my life, it would be a very dull place with you in it.
Join Kev and I as he shares his life experiences I this two part special starting with the early years.
We always had the radio on in the house when I was a youngster and my parents bought records from time to time. I used to spend a lot of my time recording tracks being played on the radio with a little cheapy cassette recorder with a microphone held in front of the speaker. Musically I heard a lot of top 40 music being a 60’s child, but in my early teens I also got to hear music like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (Dark Side Of The Moon is still one of the best albums ever made), Santana and listening to 40’s jazz at my nan & grandad’s house and my next door neighbours Reader’s Digest jazz boxsets.
Not sure exactly. Think it might have been Electric Light Orchestra – A New World Record ?
Again as a kid my parents took me to a few concerts that were mainly more rocky, but the first concert I went to that completely got me into black dance music was going with my mum to see Brass Construction supporting The Detroit Spinners at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
My mum was (and still is) a huge soul and disco fan in the mid/late 70’s. Always listening to Greg Edwards Saturday evening show and Mike Allen on Capital Radio. She would write down the name of the tracks she liked and then on a Monday go to our local import record shop – Diamond Records in Croydon and pick up the latest 7” imports.
From that day after seeing BC I never looked back, so if there was anyone who can take responsibility for my on-going musical tastes its Randy Muller and my mum !!
From 77/78 I also used to go to the legendary Tiffany’s in Purley regularly on a Sunday night when I was 14/15. That was another major influence and where I first saw the whole Soul Boy culture and heard some amazing records for the first time…Slave, Willie Bobo, Wilbert Longmire, Aquarian Dream etc
I first got behind decks when I was in 6th Form. There was a group of us who were really into our music. Three or four of us were into our soul, funk and jazz funk, another couple who were into lovers rock and dub and another couple into ska/two tone. We used set up decks in the 6th form block at school and then get invited to play at local house parties at the weekend. My mate who was into his dub used to carry and help build the speaker boxes for Jah Shaka so when we did play out it was more sound system style…one or two decks, a homemade valve amp and 12” & 18” bass bins.
When I left school and through the early 80’s I used to play in local Croydon wine bars on a Sunday night with another guy and our regular crew of dancer mates. I also met Gilles Peterson in a local record shop at this time as he was doing a similar thing in a wine bars in Sutton and Cheam.
My big break came though when I was introduced to Trevor Fung and Paul Oakenfold. They were running a club night at a venue in South Croydon where they were bringing in the likes of Jeff Young, Pete Tong, Chris Hill, Chris Brown etc to guest and Paul and Trevor asked me to warm up. Working with these DJs was major for me at that time as I was specifically going to clubs and listening to their radio shows. These guys were legends and it was an honour to play with them.
Paul and Trevor helped me a lot in those days and believed in me as a DJ and I am truly grateful to them for that. I spent a lot of time dj’ing with them over the next few years…Ziggy’s in Streatham where I also dj’d with Carl Cox from time to time and Alan AKA Arscott
Not all jazz funk and fusion is upbeat, but yes a lot of it got played in the jazz dance clubs.
As I mentioned jazz played a big part in my youth and buying jazz funk at school so I guess I always had it in me so was a natural progression for me.
I remember going to the jazz clubs like Jaffas etc in the West End and being mesmerised by the jazz dancers and the freestyle rhythms and basslines.
I used to play a lot of jazz in the bars I was dj’ing in at the time, but really got my first opportunity to really play it when I dj’d upstairs at Nick Holloway’s Special Branch and Monday nights at The Wag with Gilles, Sylvester, Baz Fe Jazz and Bob Jones.• Around about this time where there any particular DJs, musicians that inspired you to progress further?
I guess from the jazz point of view it has to be Paul Murphy, Colin Parnell & Boo and Bob Jones. Also George Power, Jeff Young and Robbie Vincent.• I first became aware of your radio show ‘Mind Fluid’ on Solar Radio over a decade ago, was this your first venture into radio?
No not at all. I used to do pirate radio back in 1984 on Starpoint Radio and the K-Jazz which only broadcast on a Sunday from various make shift studios around South London. Dj’s on there apart from myself included Gilles Peterson, Chris Phillips, Jez Nelson, Paul Bradshaw, Bob Jones, Baz Fe Jazz, Sylvester and an amazing salsa DJ called Tomek.
To be continued…….
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