First Listen: Young Gun Silver Fox rides the "West Side Jet"
(June 28, 2022) Summer 2022 has arrived, and the time is right for “dancing in the streets.” In preparation of the bronzy sun tans, gorgeous beach surfs and sweat-soaking heatwaves to come, the dynamic duo of Young Gun Silver Fox are takin’ it to the streets with even more of their West Coast AOR-dipped soul.
Hitmaking soul music songwriter Ken Williams dies at 83
(June 27, 2022) He was the pen behind some all time classics that we will be listening to for decades to come. We have belatedly learned of the passing of R&B songwriter supreme, Ken Williams, at age 83, after a long illness.
Son Little announces new album and tour
(June 27, 2022) Son Little announces his new album, Like Neptune, out September 9th via ANTI-, and a North American tour. In conjunction, he shares two lead singles, “deeper” and “stoned love.” Continuing to revolutionize the modern understanding and expectation of R&B, Son Little delivers an unadulterated transmission of Black American music performed in its praying and pleading mother tongue.
Robb’s Picks: The Best of 2022 (So Far)
June 27, 2022 – Half the year has already elapsed? As we emerge from the pandemic and regain some sense of normalcy, it seems like time is racing forward even faster than usual. Luckily, we’ve had some great new music to accompany us.
Cool Million and Heather Haywood groove on "Moonlit Rendezvous"
(June 27, 2022) The music of Frank Ryle and Rob Hardt, the European production duo better known as Cool Million, is greatly influenced by the feel good, synthesized and highly danceable funk and R&B music made by 1980s groups, such as the SOS Band, Midnight Star, and superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
First Listen: SiFred Mitchell "Can't Believe" on hot new single
(June 2_, 2022) It’s one thing to be an artist, but it’s quite another to be an artist who knows the music business. SiFred “KeyNote” Mitchell is an artist who knows the music business. Not only is he a singer, songwriter, and producer; he’s also an Independent A&R/Consultant and Artist/Brand Manager with over 25 years of experience in the music industry.
"Let It Whip" songwriter and producer Reggie Andrews dies
(June 24, 2022) The last 24 hours have been devastating for soul music fans, with multiple notable passings. And now we have found out that noted songwriter, producer and pianist Reggie Andrews has passed, causes undisclosed. Andrews is most noted for co-writing and producing the Grammy Award winning smash hit "Let It Whip" for The Dazz Band. He later became a music teacher at Locke High School in Los Angeles, California, where he served until 2010.
Ray Charles classic reissued for 50th anniversary
June 24, 2022: Ray Charles’ Tangerine Records is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of Charles most important and impactful albums; A Message from The People. This special remastered 50th Anniversary edition of the landmark recording, is now available on Vinyl, CD and all streaming services for the first time in more than 10 years. Order / Download A Message From The People
First Listen: A Temptations classic gets "slenderbodied"
(June 24, 2022) There aren't many songs more iconic than The Temptations 1971 #1 hit, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)." The ballad became the incredible swan song for falsetto lead Eddie Kendricks, and, after "My Girl," perhaps the group's most revered cut.
Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Bernard Belle, brother of Regina Belle-Battle, dies
(June 24, 2022) We are sad to inform SoulTrackers of the passing of Bernard Belle, Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, and brother of soul singer supreme Regina Belle-Battle. Bernard died of congestive heart failure. He was 57. Regina posted today on social media:
The smartest part of me has passed on. My brother, Bernard Belle was brilliant. Please help me to shine from heaven! I love you Bernie. #RIH