Five highly absorbed months of compiling later and, at last, we have the finest, truest definition of modern soul yet - Soul Love 2014. No effort has been spared in bringing this album together, all corners of the globe scoured over much of last year for 25 contemporary cuts of exquisite groove, musicianship and emotion.
Sampler one features white-hot Californian youngblood Chris Turner mixing brassy funk and smooth soul seduction for the stunning Liquid Love, whist fellow American Calvin 'Joonie' Gary Jr sprinkles acoustic, Latin-flecked goodness over Far Away.
Sampler two presents Philly sister-duo AAries (AKA Ayana and Ayinke Hinks) with the
effortlessly slick summertime glide of Don't Give It Up and, on the flip, fly Kentucky songster L.
Young struts confidently through the infectiously bouncy, synth-stabbed Reel People remix of I Love My Girl.
Soul Love 2014 throws together smooth glides, funky grinds, peppy beat-downs and whipsmart house riffs by everyone from UK scene stalwarts Omar, Caron Wheeler, Tony Momrelle and Don-E to US thoroughbreds Eric Roberson, The Foreign Exchange and Marc Evans via whitehot youngbloods like Sulpacio Jones, Chris Turner, Eric Lau, Debra Debs and Louise Golbey.
This collective platform for soul music's latest generation of stars really delivers sounds on the frontier, and reinforces just how bright the future really is.
Soul Love 2014 is a project all about moving forward; about distinguishing itself from the
overload of compilations treading the same old soul clichés by celebrating a younger, fresher, totally inspiring new line-up of music-makers.
An exhilarating global showcase of what exactly makes modern soul tick, in all its forms, it reflects utterly relevant and energised song-craft able to strike deep at heart and mind. (added: 2014-04-30 14:14:41 )